Hancock briefs

March 10, 2005

Hancock interim town manager reported ill

HANCOCK - Hancock Interim Town Manager Lou Close was in Washington County Hospital recovering from pneumonia and breathing problems, Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said at Wednesday night's meeting.

Murphy said Close was doing better but was "very serious over the weekend."

The mayor said the town wished Close the best.

Close became interim town manager in September after Larry Logan resigned as town manager.

The Town Council appointed Close to serve as interim town manager until it finds someone to permanently fill the position.

Close, a Berkeley Springs, W.Va., native, served as Hancock town manager from June 1994 through August 2002. Before that, he was a Hancock council member. He's lived in Hancock for about 30 years.

He served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, retiring with the rank of first sergeant. He owned the Triangle restaurant in Hancock for 13 years.


Public hearing held on property transfers

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council held a public hearing Wednesday night on requests for three property transfers.

The first request was made by resident Ted Wolford, who requested that a 100-foot-by- 10-foot section of an alley behind his 227 N. Pennsylvania Ave. property be transferred to him.

Wolford said he was already maintaining that portion of the alley.

"We've been maintaining it, really, for the last 20-some years," Wolford said.

The Town Council voted to support the transfer.

The other properties that were requested to be transferred are between Cover and Washington streets - west of Franklin Street - and an alley between Fulton Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Town Council said it wanted more time to discuss those requests before it voted.

Council votes on personnel matter

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council unanimously voted Wednesday night to approve a personnel matter.

Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said the item was discussed at a Feb. 21 closed session.

The Town Council did not reveal the details of the action, describing it only as a personnel issue.

State official to examine town bridges

HANCOCK - Washington County Director of Public Works Gary Rohrer will visit two parks in Hancock this morning to go over two bridges that need repairs, Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said Wednesday.

Murphy said Rohrer will look at the bridges at Kirk Wood and Widmeyer parks.

Later during Wednesday's meeting, Murphy said the town hopes the county will install a temporary bridge at Kirk Wood to provide access to baseball fields for the upcoming Little League season.

Love Your Neighbor Day scheduled

HANCOCK - Hancock Assembly of God's fifth annual Love Your Neighbor Day will be held in September at Widmeyer Memorial Park, Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said Wednesday.

The activities at the event include a car wash and free school supplies, Murphy said.

"It's a wonderful outreach," he said.

The Town Council agreed by consensus to allow the church to use the park. The event has been held at the park the last four years, Murphy said.

Park dedication scheduled for April

HANCOCK - The dedication of Joseph Hancock Jr. Park is tentatively set for April.

Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said Wednesday the dedication will take place in conjunction with a Hancock Historical Society meeting featuring family members of Hancock.

Town honors school board for 140 years

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council on Wednesday recognized the Washington County Board of Education for its 140 years in operation.

The Town Council passed a resolution in honor of the school board.

- Tara Reilly

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