CLEAR SPRING - As the new year dawns, members of the Clear Spring Town Council are hoping for 12 months with no surprises.
But of course, that tends not to happen in small-town politics, as newly elected Councilman Steve Blickenstaff pointed out.
"There may be some improvements at the Waste Water Treatment Plant this year," Blickenstaff noted.
He added that the town might have to reconsider the historic practice of absorbing the cost of trash pickup for all town residents this year. The reason is that the cost is on the rise.
According to Town Clerk Juanita Grimm, the town pays approximately $1,800 a month for once-a-week pickup of trash by Allied Waste Services, formerly BFI.
Councilwoman Carol Hovermale said she believes water and sewer issues should be fairly stable in 2007. But like Blickenstaff, she said she was concerned about the skyrocketing cost of trash pickup.