FUNKSTOWN - With any luck, the Town of Funkstown could begin using its new wastewater-treatment plant around the next new year.
Residents will begin realizing the costs of the multi-million-dollar project a little sooner, thanks to service rate hikes.
"We're getting closer to construction," Town Clerk/Treasurer/Tax Collector Brenda L. Haynes said Thursday.
The new treatment plant and improvements at Funkstown Community Park top the list of changes town residents can expect this year.
Charlotte Browning, who owns a Main Street collectibles store, said she just wants to see the town prosper.
"I'm just hoping that the businesses keep growing, and we see more business coming into town," said Browning, of Hagerstown.
On Thursday, a Myersville, Md., woman dropped in at Never Enough at the Cranberry Cottage. The woman said her sister, who lives in Ohio, also has shopped at Browning's store.
The Town Council approved across-the-board rate increases of 5 percent for water and sewer services Monday. Members also passed a $2-per-quarter increase for trash pick-up, Haynes said.