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Hancock briefs

February 09, 2006|by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ

Town still seeking engineering firm



HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council heard from the third of four engineering firms it is considering to oversee such projects as the replacement of a bridge at Kirk Wood Park that flooded two years ago, a project that Town Manager David Smith said he would like to see expedited.

"I can't believe it's been two years since the bridge washed out and we're still talking about it," Hancock resident Mona True said. "Maybe we ought to get down to the nitty-gritty and get things done."

Brian Lubenow of the CDM engineering firm of Lancaster, Pa., estimated the project could take between nine months and a year to complete.

"We're looking at quicker," Smith said, to which Lubenow revised his estimate to between six and nine months.

The town also is hoping to either repair or replace an underground reservoir it decommissioned more than a year ago due to flooding problems.

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Smith said he is trying to have the final engineering firm present to the council at its next meeting.




Council backs plan for heritage area



HANCOCK - Recognizing the measure as a way to secure grant funding for the town, the Hancock Town Council voted Wednesday night to back a plan designating Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties as part of a Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area.

Steve Goodrich, chief planner with the Washington County Planning Department, asked the council to pass an ordinance allowing a steering group that put the plan together to send it to the state Heritage Areas Authority. If the plan is adopted, towns within those counties could be eligible for funding for certain projects tied to Civil War tourism.

Goodrich also asked the council to update its comprehensive plan to recognize the Heritage Area plan and begin to identify projects for which it would be interested in applying for grant funding.




Teen adopts changes to county's APFO



HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council on Wednesday adopted changes to a Washington County ordinance designed to ensure schools, roads and other public services are adequate to handle growth.

Washington County adopted its Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance in 1990, but has made a series of changes to it since then. Municipalities must adopt similar legislation in order to collect a portion of the county's excise tax.

The council adopted the changes unanimously and said none of the town's schools are populated to the point where the town would need to place a moratorium on development.

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