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Funkstown briefs

August 09, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

Concerns expressed about Pre-K classes


FUNKSTOWN - A Funkstown resident expressed concern Monday at the Mayor and Town Council meeting that some town children are being kept from enrolling in pre-kindergarten classes at Funkstown School for Early Childhood Education.

Letta Dunn, of Chestnut Street, said Monday that she managed to get her daughter into the program, but understands that some children who come from families with lower incomes may be getting into the pre-kindergarten program over children who live in town.

"The most important thing to me was to get her in, but I don't want to let the other kids behind," she said. Dunn expressed concern that the town will grow, leaving even less room for town children at the school.

Council members recommended that Dunn attend a Washington County Board of Education meeting to express her concerns.

Town Councilman John Phillips III said, "My honest opinion ... I don't see that school staying around much longer."

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Resident unhappy with hole in road


FUNKSTOWN - A Funkstown resident who complained at last month's Mayor and Town Council meeting about a hole in the road on her property was back Monday for the town meeting, asking council members again for help.

After Mary Renner asked at the meeting what could be done to fix the hole on North High Street, Councilman John Phillips III said he would check it out.

Renner told council members at both meetings that there is a hole, now covered by a trash can lid and a rock, in an unpaved piece of roadway on her property near Antietam Creek. The road is used by vehicles to turn around, she said.

Her nephew, Ron Shoop, said he was disappointed that nothing had been done about the road since the last meeting.

The Town Council directed the town clerk to have a contractor take a look at the hole and seek possible remedies at the last meeting, according to published reports.

"How's anyone supposed to know what the problem is, 'til somebody gets out there to look?" Shoop asked.

Phillips suggested that the hole could be an old cistern. He said he would check it out.

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