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Funkstown briefs

December 13, 2005|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Town traffic changes possible



FUNKSTOWN - Most of Funkstown's Town Council agreed Monday night that residents on Poplar and Chestnut streets need relief from heavy traffic using those streets as ways to cut through town.

Mayor Robert L. Kline and the council were mostly in agreement at the meeting to reroute traffic by making parts of those streets one way, according to Town Clerk Brenda Haynes.

The eight residents from Poplar and Chestnut streets at the meeting supported the proposed plan.

The town will send letters alerting Maryland State Highway, Maryland State Police, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Washington County School Board about the possible traffic change in town to be "good neighbors," Haynes said.

She said the town would like to have any comments submitted by Feb. 1, so the possible road change could be put on the agenda for February's meeting.

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Haynes said the changes being considered are:

  • Making Poplar Street from West Side Avenue to Antietam Street one way, with traffic only flowing toward West Side Avenue.

  • Making Chestnut Street from West Side Avenue to Antietam Street one way, with traffic only flowing toward West Side Avenue.

  • Making Poplar Street from High Street to Edgewood Drive one way, with traffic only flowing toward Edgewood Drive.

  • Making Chestnut Street from High Street to Edgewood Drive one way, with traffic only flowing toward Edgewood Drive.

  • The areas on both Poplar and Chestnut streets from Antietam Street to High Street would allow traffic to drive in both directions.


    House decoration contest winners announced



    FUNKSTOWN - Rich Gaver announced the Olde Tyme Christmas house decoration contest winners at Monday's town meeting.

    Richard Barnes, of 101 N. Antietam St., won first place and a $75 prize. Steve Schultz, of 8 E. Chestnut St., won second place and $50. Gaver, of 220 E. Chestnut St., won third place and $25.

    The contest was judged by Miss Washington County Emily Conrad, South Hagerstown High School principal Rick Akers and Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington.

    The tree ornament winners were Brandon Welch, No. 20; Michael Smith, No. 61; and Cameron Dorsey, No. 62.




    Town buys banner



    FUNKSTOWN - The Funkstown Town Council voted at Monday's town meeting to purchase one of the newly hung town banners.

    The banners, which read, "Welcome to Funkstown," were paid for by donations, said Rich Gaver. The council voted unanimously to pay for one of the banners.

    The council also consented to allow a list of everyone who donated money for the banners - mostly town businesses - to be placed at Town Hall.




    Tax setoff meeting planned



    FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown Town Council and Mayor Robert L. Kline will meet with Washington County Commissioners to discuss tax setoff Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, said Town Clerk Brenda Haynes.

    Tax setoff money partially reimburses municipalities for police, parks and roads services and is calculated based on population, assessable tax base and taxable income.

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