Hancock briefs

October 13, 2005|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Hancock plans Halloween activities

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council announced two Halloween activities during Wednesday night's town meeting.

The Hancock Halloween parade will be Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. and trick-or-treating will be Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mayor Daniel Murphy said the Hancock Police Department and Hancock Volunteer Fire Co. will assist with both events.

Local business called 'landmark'

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council awarded a plaque to the owners of Hendershot's Sporting Goods Inc. and recognized its contributions to the town at Wednesday night's town meeting.

The sporting goods store, which opened in 1961, is "stronger than ever," Mayor Daniel Murphy said. He called the business a "landmark" and said Hendershot's brings many good things to the community.


Hancock school 'adopts' Miss. school

HANCOCK - Hancock Middle-Senior High School received congratulations from the town council during Wednesday night's meeting for helping a school in the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The Mississippi school was "adopted" by Hancock students, Assistant Principal Larry Smith said. The students raised $500 and purchased Wal-Mart gift cards for the students, but they are going to do much more.

Mayor Daniel Murphy called the plans a "prolonged effort." The students are going to "adopt" the Mississippi school and have plans to do morning announcements for the school. There also are plans for a convoy of Hancock representatives to deliver items to the students in Mississippi, but Murphy said that effort could be months away.

"Our students have met the challenge," Smith said. "And we envision them doing more."

Smith said he meets frequently with student council representatives to work on the project.

"I think it's going to be exciting not just for the school, but for the town."

Water level back to normal after drop

HANCOCK - Hancock Town Manager David Smith told town council members at Wednesday's town meeting that reservoir levels dropped significantly earlier this month.

Pump failure and a temporary employee's failure to act appropriately caused the drop in water level, Smith said. The employee has been reprimanded and the reservoir is running properly, he said.

"The majority of town was not affected," Smith said. "Water quality was not affected."

Pump station odor troubles improving

HANCOCK - Hancock Town Manager David Smith said Wednesday he has noticed improvement in the "odor situation" at the town's pump station.

He told the town council at Wednesday's meeting that in the past two weeks, he has noticed some improvement.

In an unrelated issue, Smith said the town council will view presentations from three companies interested in working on the town's water tank.

Smith also reported he found $2,400 in grant money left over to work on the town's parks, which he said will be used soon.

Parrell Street to be under construction

HANCOCK - Parrell Street will be under construction soon, as workers begin drilling for a water line along the road, Hancock Town Manager David Smith announced Wednesday night.

He said the project will be done in two phases, and parts of the road will be closed for a short period of time.

Town manager to become arborist

HANCOCK - Hancock Town Manager David Smith announced Wednesday that he will participate in a national program and be trained as an arborist for the town.

The program will allow Hancock to take advantage of grant money to plant trees, he said. The money will only be available to towns with a trained arborist. Hancock will not pay for the training, which is offered for free, Smith said.

Hancock police respond to calls

HANCOCK - In September, Hancock Police Department officers responded to 161 calls for service.

Officers made two drug arrests and responded to nine calls for theft and four traffic complaints, Chief Steven McCarty said. In September, McCarty said vending machines were broken into "right and left around town." He said some were broken into with a key, and others with a crowbar or tool.

McCarty said the vending machines' coin trays were stolen. Some businesses with vending machines have altered the lighting and landscape near their machines.

Police receive grant money

HANCOCK - Hancock Police Department Chief Steven McCarty announced at Wednesday night's town meeting that the police department received a grant.

The $1,600 grant was awarded by the Washington County Community Partnership for Children and Families and is part of a substance-free youth grant McCarty applied for to hold several youth activities, he said. A school dance Oct. 22 and a pool party next year will be paid for with the money, he said.

Christmas lighting set for Nov. 26

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council announced Wednesday that the annual Christmas tree lighting will be Nov. 26 at 6 p.m.

"This kicks off the holiday season," Mayor Daniel Murphy said at Wednesday night's meeting.

Trailer use to be reviewed

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council will have one month to decide whether two businesses will be allowed to continue using trailers that are not compliant with town code.

Mayor Daniel Murphy said at Wednesday night's town meeting that Tri-State ReUse Center and East End Enterprises have mobile homes on their property that were allowed as exceptions. The town code states that trailers may only be placed in trailer parks, he said.

The council will decide during November's town meeting whether to allow those exceptions.

Council adopts federal guidelines

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to adopt the National Incident Management System (NIMS), a federal plan for emergency response.

Municipalities are required to comply with NIMS before they will be allowed to apply for some federal grant money, Mayor Daniel Murphy said during Wednesday night's meeting.

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