Clear Spring briefs

February 15, 2005

Three to run for seat on the Town Council

CLEAR SPRING - Three residents have filed to run for a vacant seat on the Clear Spring Town Council in the March 7 special town election.

n Timothy Bonds, 37, is hoping to win election to a council seat after two previous tries.

Bonds, who has been circulating a flier in the community, is promising to resolve the problems of vandalism in the community and provide worthwhile activities and a voice for the youth.

Bonds also says he would support a resurvey of the town to update flood plain maps. And he said he sees the town's new water tower as a perfect location for cellular telephone company antennas, thus generating revenue for the town while preventing construction of additional towers to spoil the town's appearance, according to the flier.


· Carol Hovermale is a school bus driver who has lived in Clear Spring all her life. At 62, Hovermale said she has the time and would like to contribute to her community. "I thought I could do it so I signed up," she said.

· Daniel Tedrick says he decided to run because there are some issues in the Brennan Drive area where he lives that need addressing, such as water leaks and snow removal.

"I figure if you aren't part of the solution, you're part of the problem," said Tedrick, 31.

The seat was held for the past 21 years by Gary L. Grove, who resigned after moving outside town limits in mid-January.

Polls will be open at Clear Spring Town Hall on Monday, March 7, from 2 to 7 p.m. Voters must be able to prove they have lived within Clear Spring limits for at least the past 30 days.

Mayor Paul Hose Jr. said write-in votes will be counted but since no one applied for an absentee ballot by the filing deadline, none will be accepted.

Fire Co. to raise funds with family portraits

CLEAR SPRING - A new $300,000 fire engine is in Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co.'s future and the residents who will benefit from the new piece of equipment are being asked to contribute to its purchase.

For a gift of $40 or more, residents are being invited to the fire hall in April for a complimentary family portrait on canvas, professionally photographed and delivered in time for Mother's Day.

The photo shoot is scheduled for the weekend of April 9, according to Ronnie Poole, fire company president.

Checks may be made payable to the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co., Box 400, Clear Spring, MD 21722.

Notices to be sent out to tax scofflaws

CLEAR SPRING - Mayor Paul Hose Jr. said Monday night that notices will go out on March 2 to Clear Spring residents who haven't paid their Washington County real estate taxes, and there are a few, he said.

"On May 6, those who still haven't paid will have their names published in the newspaper," Hose said. And if payment isn't received by June 7, a tax sale of the property will begin at 9 a.m., Hose said.

- Marlo Barnhart

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