Funkstown briefs

April 12, 2005

Organizers sought for town picnic

The Funkstown Town Council on Monday agreed to postpone the 20th annual town picnic if someone does not volunteer to organize it by Saturday, April 30.

Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said the picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 5, at Funkstown Community Park, but it might be postponed until September if no one steps forward to chair a committee to organize the event, which is normally organized by Haynes and Town Secretary Kelli Roser.

Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton said Haynes and Roser do not have time to coordinate the event because of the amount of time they are putting into office obligations.

Haynes said she could guide the prospective chairperson.

"It's all the legwork up until that day - that's the issue," she said.

Haynes said after the meeting that it would be ideal to have a group of five to seven people working on the picnic.

Cleanup scheduled for May 20 and 21

The Funkstown Town Council on Monday agreed to hold a town cleanup Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21.

Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton said he liked those dates because people generally clean up their homes prior to Memorial Day.

Town residents may bring their garbage to a designated area in the back of Funkstown Community Park on those days, he said.

Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said residents must bring identification or a copy of their water bill to verify their residency.

"Anything the landfill would normally take is the stuff we can take," Crampton said.

Council votes to keep current tax rate

The constant yield tax rate in Funkstown will remain at 22 cents per $100 of the assessed value of the property, the Funkstown Town Council voted unanimously on Monday.

"I don't think it would be beneficial to raise taxes," said Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton, who was sitting in for Mayor Robert L. Kline.

- Pepper Ballard

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