Funkstown briefs

October 11, 2005|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Audit called 'smooth'

FUNKSTOWN - A representative from McGladrey & Pullen in Frederick, Md., told the Funkstown Town Council during Monday's town meeting that it had a "very smooth audit."

The representative gave the town council the results of the report and said only minor adjustments were made.

"I'm very pleased with the results," the representative said.

He said the town reduced the difference between the number of gallons of water purchased and the number used. Funkstown purchased 330,000 more gallons of water than it used, he said.

APFO adopted

FUNKSTOWN - The Funkstown Town Council unanimously voted to adopt an Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) during Monday night's town meeting.

Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said after Washington County adopted the ordinance, municipalities are following its lead. An APFO will allow Funkstown to delay or deny new developments if existing services like schools, water and sewer cannot support the growth.


Town council to get training

FUNKSTOWN - Several Funkstown Town Council members said they plan to take National Incident Management System (NIMS) training in November.

The training is mandated by the federal government, Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said at Monday night's town meeting.

"It is highly recommended and encouraged," she said.

Council members and Mayor Robert Kline will take the course Nov. 1. NIMS provides a nationwide approach for federal, state and local governments to work together to prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from domestic incidents.

The Washington County Commissioners adopted NIMS at an August meeting, Haynes said.

Town plans for Christmas

FUNKSTOWN - Rich Gaver told the Funkstown Town Council Monday night that there is a contract with Allegheny Power to allow banners for Olde Tyme Christmas to be displayed in town.

Gaver said the contract does not involve money, and the power company waived a $250 fee. The contract states that if a banner displayed on an Allegheny pole causes damage to the pole, the power company may charge for damage.

There will be an Olde Tyme Christmas committee meeting Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m., he said.

Trash collection to change hands

FUNKSTOWN - Beginning in November, BFI Waste Services will collect trash and yard waste in Funkstown.

The Town Council voted unanimously during Monday night's town meeting to hire BFI, but will negotiate its bid of $7,223.20 - a $2,815.52 increase. The council said Mayor Robert Kline and Town Clerk Brenda Haynes could possibly ask that yard waste only be picked up during certain months, similar to Hagerstown's agreement.

The town would not pay for yard waste collection during months it is not collected, which would save the town about $2,000, Haynes said.

The town's contract with Waste Management will expire Nov. 1. Haynes said when the contract expires, there could be some changes to trash collection, and residents could receive letters in their water bills this month about the changes.

Lions Club to hold dinner

FUNKSTOWN - The Funkstown Lions Club will hold its annual ham and oyster dinner Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co.

The dinners cost $14 for adults, $7 for children. Proceeds will benefit community projects.

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