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Clear Spring Town briefs

October 11, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

Town close to having all water meters installed



CLEAR SPRING - With just two or three water meters left to be installed, Clear Spring is inching ever closer to having all residential and commercial customers in the town's water system hooked up.

"We expect to be finished by the start of winter," Mayor Paul Hose Jr. said Monday.

Last week, meters were read by Washington County personnel, Hose said. Some problems were found and will be corrected.

Nevertheless, customers won't be billed according to their metered usage of water until the spring of 2006 at the earliest, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said.

Grimm noted that the quarterly water bills that went out the first of October were based on the new water rates for the first time. In June, the town council approved a 2 percent increase in water rates.

As of the October bill, in-town water customers who had been paying $46.25 a quarter are paying $47.17. Out-of-town customers who had been paying $69.49 are now paying $70.88.

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"So far there haven't been any complaints," Grimm said.

When all meters are installed, the town will be able to follow other municipalities that charge water customers so much for the first 6,000 gallons and additionally per 1,000 gallons.




Five candidates to run for two council seats



CLEAR SPRING - In just under a month, five candidates will be vying for two council seats in the Town of Clear Spring.

The election is Monday, Nov. 7, with polls open from 2 to 7 p.m. at Clear Spring Town Hall. Voters must be able to prove they have lived within town limits for the previous 30 days.

Candidates are Carol Hovermale, Theodore "Teddy" Hovermale, Daniel Tedrick, Timothy Bonds and Melissa Sword.

Paul Hose Jr., the current mayor, is the only candidate for that position on the ballot.

Absentee ballots must be requested by Oct. 21 and returned to Town Hall by 7 p.m. Nov. 7, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said.

So far, one absentee ballot has been issued, to Bonds, who is expected to be in Germany on assignment with the U.S Army National Guard on Election Day.

"There will also be a Kids Vote program on Election Day," Grimm said. The effort allows youngsters to cast their ballots in a mock election.

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