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Sharpsburg briefs

November 07, 2006|by TARA REILLY

Town receives clean bill of fiscal health



SHARPSBURG - The Town of Sharpsburg received a clean audit for the last fiscal year, said Michael Manspeaker of Smith Elliott Kearns & Co.

Manspeaker reviewed the audit during a Sharpsburg Town Council meeting Monday night.

"The audit went very well this year," Manspeaker said. "There are no problems or issues to report."

Manspeaker said the town had revenues of $190,000, expenses of $175,000 and a $15,000 surplus.




Post-Thanksgiving decorating planned



SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Councilwoman Patti Hammond said Monday that Town Hall will be decorated for Christmas on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

She said the decorating was being done early to avoid doing it in colder weather.




Grants considered for road repairs



SHARPSBURG - A Sharpsburg councilman suggested Monday that the town find out whether it can receive grant money to help fix roads.

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Councilman Jeffrey Saylor said some of the streets were "getting terrible."

He said matching grants would especially help the town.

"It can't hurt to look," Mayor Hal Spielman said.




Developer fee plan raises concerns



SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg's lawyer recommended Monday that the Town Council take a serious look at the Washington County Board of Education's proposal that would charge developers for each new student generated per new home.

Costs could be as high as $33,370 per new single-family home and be in addition to the current excise tax, according to the proposal.

Town Attorney Charles Wagaman Jr. didn't specifically state his concerns about the proposal, only that he was "very concerned."

He suggested that the town ask the towns of Boonsboro and Keedysville to also be involved in the discussions.

He said the proposal needs a lot of public attention "for the future of the county."




State says sidewalks are substandard



SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Town Councilman Jeffrey Saylor said two state employees were in town looking at sidewalks on Main Street about a month ago.

He said the men stated they were there as a result of new federal guidelines regarding handicapped accessibility, and that the town's sidewalks weren't meeting the standards.

"Well, then they can come back and fix them," Sharpsburg Mayor Hal Spielman said.

"That's the answer I gave them," Saylor said.




Vandalism reported



SHARPSBURG - Residents of Sharpsburg told the Town Council Monday night that people vandalized a section of town Monday between 3 and 7 a.m.

They said the vandalism happened in the area of the square and included rocks being thrown at windows.

"All of Main Street had it last night," Councilman Jeffrey Saylor said.

The residents and some Town Council members said the town often is vandalized and questioned whether it was receiving its fair share of coverage by the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

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