Clear Spring briefs

July 12, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

Residents warned of town's vehicle rule

CLEAR SPRING - Armed with an ordinance that governs untagged, abandoned and inoperative vehicles, Clear Spring town officials on June 14 identified 31 vehicles in violation of the ordinance.

The ordinance was passed at the April meeting and went into effect May 1. It says no such vehicle can be left on public or private property for more than 48 hours. After written notice of a violation, the owner has 10 days to remove the vehicle.

If there is a further violation, the owner could face a fine of up to $200 if convicted on a misdemeanor. Also, if the town removes a vehicle, the owner is liable for the expense of moving and storing it.

At Monday night's town meeting, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm reported that certified letters were mailed to the property owners and on July 8, six vehicles were posted with a copy of the certified letter.


The letter indicated that those vehicles would be removed that day if the owners hadn't taken care of them.

"One has been moved," Grimm told Mayor Paul Hose Jr. and Councilman Terry Baker and Councilwoman Carol Hovermale. Councilmen Steve Blickenstaff and Mason Mundey were absent from the meeting.

Voluntary water conservation in force

CLEAR SPRING - Although the recent water crisis that required residents to boil water has been lifted, volunteer conservation of water is still in force in the town.

"We found some leaks and they were repaired," said Mayor Paul Hose Jr. Notices about the continued voluntary conservation efforts are being distributed throughout town.

Repairs made by the town and Washington County technicians have improved the overall water supply situation so the conservation efforts, which had been mandatory, have been relaxed.

Hose emphasized that only with continued cooperation can residents be sure that another crisis can be avoided.

Outdoor water uses such as washing vehicles, siding, driveways and walks should be limited or discontinued for a while as well as watering gardens, lawns and shrubs, and filling swimming pools.

Indoor plumbing should also be checked for leaks.

Anyone with questions is asked to call The Washington County Department of Water Quality at 240-313-2600.

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