Funkstown briefs

January 10, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Barnes appointed to fill vacancy

FUNKSTOWN - Rick Barnes was selected by Funkstown's Town Council to fill a vacancy on the town's planning and zoning commission.

The council voted unanimously Monday in favor of Barnes after reviewing his resume and background. With this vacancy filled, Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said there are no other vacancies.

Funkstown to stop using voting machines

FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown's town council voted Monday to stop using voting machines in town elections and use paper ballots.

The town's two voting machines are about 15 years old. They weigh 800 pounds and have damaged the Town Hall's floor, Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said.


The council was not in favor of a proposal to purchase new voting machines, which could cost about $2,000.

The Council agreed that paper ballots would be fine for voters expected to come to the polls in May. Only about 70 people voted two years ago.

Haynes said the League of Women Voters typically manages the polls during the town's elections. But the town might be willing to pay some extra money for trained poll workers, the council said Monday.

Haynes said there were some issues with the League of Women Voters, regarding their election training.

"Paper ballots would be OK depending on who ran the election," she said. "And I'll leave it at that."

Md. Municipal League to meet in Funkstown

FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown will host the Jan. 23 meeting of the Maryland Municipal League.

The meeting will be at the Funkstown American Legion Post 211 on Westside Avenue.

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