Funkstown briefs

August 15, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

Funkstown water service disrupted

FUNKSTOWN - A burst pipe left about 100 Funkstown homes without water during parts of the day Monday, as the town sought estimates to repair the system.

An undetected leaky pipe in the Frederick Road-High Street line might have caused the town's most recent water bill to skyrocket to about $13,000, Clerk-Treasurer Brenda Haynes told the Town Council Monday night.

The line is "crumbling," she said.

Mayor Robert Kline said he learned about 6 a.m. Monday that a two-inch pipe had burst, and he told the Town Council he asked Henson & Son Inc. Contractors to determine how much it will cost to move the lines from the backs of houses to the street. While Haynes said a patch restored water service, Kline estimated the replacement project could cost $50,000.

In a typical month, the town's water bill is about $2,500, Haynes said.

Resident-deputy program considered

FUNKSTOWN - A resident-deputy program - not more traffic studies - could be the solution to concerns about speeding for residents of two Funkstown side streets.


Residents at the Town Council's meeting Monday night expressed their concerns that changes to Poplar and Chestnut streets will not address the town's problems with speeders. They encouraged council members to look into contracting for more regular traffic enforcement.

Town attorney Robert Kuczynski said a recent bid for a traffic study was lowered from $17,000 to $12,000. That's too much, considering council members could do the same work just counting the cars themselves, he said.

The county and state had suggested the town pay for a traffic study before making changes, he said.

"I probably shouldn't say it, but all they're doing is placing something over their posterior portions, so they don't think it's going to be exposed," he said.

According to The Herald-Mail, council members have discussed making parts of Poplar and Chestnut streets one-way or installing speed bumps to deter speeders and motorists seeking a shortcut around U.S. Alt. 40.

Assistant Mayor Paul Crampton Jr. said he would prefer to spend the money on more law enforcement.

"I'd rather do that than spend all this money to change the streets," he said.

Town Clerk-Treasurer Brenda Haynes said she planned to contact a state highway district engineer and the Washington County Sheriff's Department soon to discuss the town's options with them.

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