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September 12, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

State considers adding turning lane

FUNKSTOWN - An intersection that is the scene of afternoon traffic tie-ups through Funkstown could be the recipient of state funding.

The Funkstown Town Council voted Monday to allow state officials to proceed with a proposal that could add a right-turn lane to Alternate U.S. 40 at the intersection with Oak Ridge Drive. According to a computer traffic-simulator program, adjusting signal timing and creating a turn lane would relieve the congestion of traffic turning left from Oak Ridge Drive onto Alternate U.S. 40, said Ziad A. Sabra of Sabra, Wang & Associates Inc. Consulting Engineers.

Robert L. Fisher, district engineer for District 6 of the State Highway Administration, said work on the turn lane likely could not begin until the spring. With the council's go-ahead, Fisher told council members he will solicit bids for the project so the state can decide how to proceed.

"There is no cost to the town," Fisher said.


Town OKs contract for deputy coverage

FUNKSTOWN - Residents' tax bills could climb if the Funkstown Town Council extends its plan to enter into an agreement with the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The council voted Monday to approve the town's participation in a contractual deputy program, which will provide 10 hours of deputy coverage a week, clerk/treasurer/tax collector Brenda L. Haynes said.

According to Haynes, the town can put $11,000 it previously budgeted for a traffic study toward the contract for the remainder of this fiscal year.

The cost of that level of services for a full year in the contractual deputy program normally is $15,000, Haynes said. If the council decided next year to continue the program, Haynes said, it would have to raise residents' taxes by 5 cents for every $100 of assessed property value. The current tax rate is 22 cents, Haynes said. The average increase would be $47 to $68, she said.

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