Hancock briefs

January 12, 2006|by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ

Engineering firms vie to oversee projects

The Hancock Town Council heard from the second of three engineering firms it is considering to oversee projects in town, including a new park bridge and the repair or replacement of a town reservoir that was shut down due to heavy leaking.

On Wednesday, representatives from the EADS Group said it could cost $200,000 to repair the reservoir's water tank or $500,000 to install a new one. It could cost $100,000 to $350,000 to replace the bridge, they said.

Town Manager David Smith said he expects to hear from a third firm by the end of the month.

Comprehensive plan, zoning on agenda

HANCOCK - The Hancock Planning Commission is scheduled to convene Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. for a special meeting with officials from the Maryland Department of Planning to discuss updates to the town's comprehensive plan and the development of zoning in Hancock.

The council met with state planners last month and determined to move forward with the development of zoning in an effort to address an increasing number of growth issues.


Town Mayor Daniel Murphy said two members of the commission - chairman Jack Hill and Lou Close - recently resigned. Murphy said commission member Anne Weatherholt has been selected to replace Hill as chair.

Murphy said Mike Faith and Shelly Masters have been selected to fill the vacancies.

Police respond to 113 calls in Dec.

HANCOCK - The Hancock Police Department responded to 113 calls in December, Police Chief Steven L. McCarty told the town council Wednesday night.

The department made three adult arrests and six juvenile arrests during the month, McCarty said. It impounded three vehicles for registration violations and one for a license violation, collecting $475 in impound fees. The department issued 17 traffic warnings and 20 citations.

Council sets meeting on election reform

HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council has scheduled a workshop meeting for Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. to discuss election reform in the wake of ethics controversies surrounding town elections in years' past, Mayor Daniel Murphy said.

The session is open to the public and will focus on ways to improve decorum surrounding elections, the next of which is scheduled to be held in a year.

Polar Bear Plunge scheduled for Feb. 25

HANCOCK - The 4th Annual Polar Bear Plunge is scheduled for Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. at the Tonoloway Rod and Gun Club Lake, with proceeds to benefit the Interfaith Service Coalition.

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