Funkstown briefs

June 14, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

Insurance plan changes sought

John Schnebly, of Keller-Stonebraker Insurance, talked with the Funkstown Mayor and Town Council on Monday about changes he'd like to see in the town's insurance plan.

The council agreed to change the designation of the caretaker's house near the sewage treatment plant from a dwelling to a storage facility.

Schnebly told the council that if the dwelling was vacant for a prolonged period of time, the town could be penalized under that designation.

He also asked the council to reassess the contents of Town Hall, which is covered at $174,300, a figure he felt was too high.


Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said she would take inventory of the contents.

Schnebly asked the council to consider coverage of the dugouts at Funkstown Community Park, which are not covered, and also to consider insuring playground equipment.

The council agreed to increase its public official liability insurance from $500,000 to $1 million.

Meeting set to adopt town's budget

The Funkstown Mayor and Town Council on Monday agreed to hold a meeting June 29 at 6 p.m. to formally adopt the fiscal year 2006 budget.

Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said the budget is very "conservative."

"There's no spending until we know about the treatment plant project," she said.

The budget remained relatively unchanged from last year with a few minor exceptions, including slight increased allocations for public works, town hall and council salaries; street lighting; medical insurance; electricity; fire company; and gasoline, Haynes said.

Low council turnout at picnic disappoints

Barry Warrenfeltz, a member of Funkstown's Planning and Zoning Commission, expressed disappointment Monday at the Funkstown Mayor and Town Council meeting about the turnout by the council at the town picnic June 5.

"I'm disappointed by the lack of participation by the council at the picnic," he said. He said council members should attend so residents can put faces to names, and take "jeers and cheers."

Town Council Member Sharon Chirgott said she couldn't attend because her mother is ill in a nursing home.

Warrenfeltz said only three members turned out, but didn't say who didn't attend.

"I think that's a poor showing for elected officials," he said.

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