Funkstown briefs

July 11, 2006

Town council wants study bid reviewed

An engineering firm offering to do a traffic study on Funkstown's north side could get the green light if it lowers the price of its bid.

The town council voted Monday evening to ask Brudis & Associates Inc. to review its bid.

According to Mayor Robert L. Kline, the firm offered to charge $7,000 for a traffic study in the area of Chestnut Avenue and Popular Drive. The streets are narrow and congested, and the town could consider making them one- way, he said.

Even with Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies and the Maryland State Police patrolling the area, Kline said motorists routinely run stop signs.

"We have towns that have cops, and they still do it," he said.

The town has not budgeted a traffic study for the area, Kline said.

"We'd have to go through the budget and try to pick it up," he said.


Town supports tourism plan

A tourism plan emphasizing Washington County's role in the Civil War has Funkstown's support.

The town council voted Monday evening to support application to the state for certification as a heritage tourism area.

According to Washington County Chief Planner Stephen Goodrich, the state's certification of the Civil Way Heritage Management Plan would make towns in Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties eligible for funding to develop tourism opportunities.

Besides endorsing the plan, towns must include wording about the heritage plan in their own comprehensive plans to be eligible for funds, Goodrich said.

The council agreed to look into adding a statement in its comprehensive plan.

Washington County, Boonsboro, Hancock and Hagerstown have added the necessary wording to their comprehensive plans, and Smithsburg and Williamsport town councils have voted in support of the document, Goodrich said.

- Karen Hanna

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