Sharpsburg briefs

August 08, 2006|by TARA REILLY

Councilman Eichelberger announces resignation

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Town Councilman J.W. Eichelberger announced his resignation from the council at Monday's night meeting, saying he's moving outside of the town limits.

Eichelberger's resignation is effective Sept. 1.

Eichelberger nominated town resident Bryan Gabriel to fill his position, which the Town Council approved with no opposing votes.

Councilman Russ Weaver abstained from the vote, saying he didn't know Gabriel and would have preferred to sit down and speak with him. He said his abstention had nothing to do with Eichelberger's choice for a replacement.

"I trust your judgment, J.W.," Weaver said.

Eichelberger, a trooper with the Maryland State Police, was re-elected in November 2004. There are two years remaining in his term.

Comcast to take over franchise agreement

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Mayor Hal Spielman said he received a letter from Comcast saying the company will take over its cable franchise agreement with Adelphia.


Comcast recently bought Adelphia, Spielman said.

Town council discusses trash pickup ordinance

SHARPSBURG - The Sharpsburg Town Council discussed Monday night whether an ordinance addressing trash pickup is too restrictive.

Councilman Russ Weaver said the ordinance states trash may not be set out on the curb before 4 p.m.

He said that could be too restrictive if people are going on vacation or for work reasons have to set their garbage out earlier.

"I know I've violated it," Weaver said, explaining that he's set it out early before going on vacation.

"Everybody in today's world is busy. Sometimes you have to put it out early ..." Weaver said.

The Town Council said it would address the issue for offenders who put trash out early repeatedly, despite warnings from the town.

Weaver said he agreed with enforcing the ordinance for repeat offenders.

Councilman Jeffery Saylor said the company that cleans Town Hall often puts the trash out early, even though he has told the company not to do that.

"So, we're the biggest violator," Weaver said.

"Yeah, but it's not that they haven't been told," Saylor said.

Vice Mayor Ralph Hammond said there weren't too many people in town who violate the ordinance.

"It's not a police state," Weaver said. "If we have a habitual problem, I guess we'll address it."

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