Hancock briefs

August 10, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

New police officer sworn in at meeting

HANCOCK - Scott Wolff was sworn in during Wednesday night's Town of Hancock meeting as the town's newest police officer.

Wolff will have two more weeks of field training, Police Chief T.J. Buskirk said.

Wolff is a graduate of Clear Spring High School who has served with several other police agencies, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said.

The town's police department will have four full-time officers by mid-August. Town Manager David Smith said that is the most full-time officers the town has had in many years.

"It's all part of setting a zero-tolerance policy on drugs and keeping everyone safe," he said.

Smith credited the mayor and town council for their commitment to public safety.

Buskirk said the police department responded to 72 calls in July. There were two K-9 scans, six criminal cases, 21 traffic citations, 179 parking citations and six arrests, he said.


County candidate attends town meeting

HANCOCK - Donna Brightman, a candidate for Washington County Commissioners, attended Wednesday night's Hancock town meeting.

Brightman asked the mayor and council how their relationship with the commissioners is, and what, if any, improvements they would like to see. She also asked about the town's concerns about growth and other issues.

Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said the town has excellent communication with the current board.

"The group is very accessible," he said.

Council discusses closed alley in town

HANCOCK - The Town of Hancock held a public hearing Wednesday night to discuss the closed alley at the rear of 146 Main St.

There were no public comments during the hearing.

Town Manager David Smith said the town council will vote next month on whether to abandon the alley, which no longer is being used for public use. All fees associated with transferring the property to two property owners are being paid for by those property owners, he said.

Work to repair roads, potholes under way

HANCOCK - Town of Hancock Town Manager David Smith said work began Wednesday to repair potholes.

Other repairs also were being made to the town's roads.

Residents who see potholes that need to be repaired may call Town Hall at 301-678-5622.

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