Funkstown briefs

July 12, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Vacant property draws a complaint

A vacant property on Maple Avenue in Funkstown was the subject of a discussion during Monday's Funkstown Town Council meeting.

Town resident Barry Warrenfeltz, of Chestnut Street, lodged a complaint at the public meeting about the property at 6 W. Maple St., which was the location of a fire about five years ago, he said.

Warrenfeltz said the property doesn't appear to be properly boarded up, and grass and weeds are out of control.

After the meeting, Warrenfeltz said he hoped something could be done soon.

"It's been sitting there for like five years. ... It looks atrocious," Warrenfeltz said.

Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said it was not clear if the town can take any further action, but there are outstanding bills owed to town. She said Town Attorney Robert Kuczynski, who might attend next month's town meeting, might be able to help explore more options.


Resident complains about hole in road

The Funkstown Town Council on Monday intervened on behalf of a town resident who said she was having difficulty with an expanding hole on her property.

M. Virginia Renner, of High Street, said an unpaved piece of roadway on her property, near Antietam Creek, is used by vehicles to turn around. It is on that piece of roadway where she first noticed the hole several months ago.

Renner said she thought the hole had been fixed, but it reappeared about two weeks ago and is about two to three feet in width and maybe 10 to 15 feet from the roadway on High Street. On Monday, she asked for advice on how to deal with the problem.

The Town Council directed the town clerk to have a contractor take a look at the hole and seek possible remedies.

Mayor Robert Kline said after the meeting that there is a concern that the hole could threaten the stability of High Street.

Council OKs bills

The Funkstown Town Council approved the town's most recent bills Monday during its regular meeting, totaling about $93,000 in paid costs.

The largest single expense was $20,467.98, paid on June 27 to Bank of America for payments on outstanding debt for the town's water system.

The expense report, which covers items between June 2 and July 8, showed the town had spent about $28,500 on water system-related costs and $10,300 on sewer system-related costs.

The remaining money was spent on various items including town attorney costs, picnic expenses, payroll and insurance.

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