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Hancock briefs

November 09, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Filing deadline for election is Nov. 30



HANCOCK - The deadline for candidates to run for mayor or council in the next election is Nov. 30, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said during Wednesday's town council meeting.

The election is Jan. 29, 2007, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the town hall and the community center. Other deadlines are Jan. 4 to register to vote, and Jan. 15 to request an absentee ballot.




Residents need to call for debris removal



HANCOCK - Residents who want yard debris removed on Nov. 28 need to call Town Hall by Nov. 22 to request a pickup, Town Manager David Smith said Wednesday.

Leaves and brush cannot be left in loose piles.




Police respond to 168 calls in October



HANCOCK - The town's police officers responded to 168 calls in October, Police Chief T.J. Buskirk said Wednesday.

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Police made 14 arrests, including four on drug charges and four on charges of driving under the influence.




Police chief praises response to I-70 crash



HANCOCK - Many people worked well together while responding to a bad crash on Interstate 70 on Oct. 31, Police Chief T.J. Buskirk said Wednesday.

The interstate was shut down. The last time both lanes of I-70 were closed near Hancock probably was several years ago, when a man threatened to kill himself, Councilman Randy Pittman said.

He estimated that 43,000 vehicles a day pass Hancock on I-70.

"Imagine five hours' worth," Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said, referring to how long traffic was rerouted through the town after last week's crash.

An Ellicott City, Md., woman and two children were killed in the crash.




Park service won't staff visitor center



HANCOCK - A budget crunch will keep the National Park Service from posting employees at the C&O Canal visitor center next summer, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said Wednesday.

The visitor center can stay open only if people volunteer to help, he said.




Report: Pool has $1,878 operating loss



HANCOCK - Revenue was up and expenses down in 2006 for the town's pool, which nearly broke even, Bill Sterner, the pool manager, said Wednesday.

Sterner said maintenance costs rose 161 percent because of pump problems and a new chlorine gas system. However, the town will save money using chlorine gas because the cost of liquid chlorine has tripled, he said.

The pool finished with a $1,878 operating loss in 2006, compared to a $4,902 loss the previous year, according to Sterner's written report.

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