Funkstown briefs

January 09, 2007|by KAREN HANNA

Town opposes combining meetings

FUNKSTOWN - Town Clerk/Treasurer/Tax Collector Brenda L. Haynes said during Monday's Funkstown Town Council meeting that the Washington County Commissioners asked towns to consider lumping their tax set-off meetings with an upcoming municipal league dinner.

At Monday's meeting, Funkstown Mayor Robert L. Kline and some council members said they were opposed to the idea.

Kline said the tax set-off meetings are a good opportunity for residents to meet with County Commissioners. They would not have that chance at a paid municipal league dinner, Kline said.

"That way, people get to put (in) their two cents' worth. This way, shove them back to the corner," Kline said.

Tax set-off money partially reimburses municipalities for services like police, parks and roads. Residents and town officials typically share their concerns with the County Commissioners at the meetings.


According to Haynes, Funkstown's town set-off meeting is set for 7 p.m. March 13 at Town Hall.

Haynes said the County Commissioners asked in an e-mail if towns could have their tax set-off meetings at the municipal league dinner. Funkstown is hosting one of the dinners Jan. 22, she said.

The league lobbies on behalf of towns and cities, its Web site says.

Towns told the County Commissioners they would not be interested in combining tax set-off meetings, Haynes said. When they were campaigning, some County Commissioner candidates promised to meet more often with town officials and residents.

Restaurant opens in back of fire station

FUNKSTOWN - A new restaurant has opened in Funkstown, Town Clerk/Treasurer/Tax Collector Brenda L. Haynes told Funskstown Town Council on Monday.

Serving an array of offerings with fire-inspired names such as "Dalmatian Steamer Dogs" and "Fire Pole Turkey & Cheese," the Firehouse Grill is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Haynes said.

The restaurant is in the back of the town's fire station, Haynes said.

"I think it's going to be a success," Haynes said.

Council wants more info on driveway

FUNKSTOWN - A resident who asked to widen a driveway near a busy part of town will be asked for more information before the Funkstown Town Council will approve a new curb cut, members decided Monday.

Town Council voted Monday to ask a resident in the 200 block of East Baltimore Street to submit drawings of the location of the requested curb cut. Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton said he also was concerned about the location of the driveway, especially if vehicles must back out onto East Baltimore Street.

Town Clerk/Treasurer/Tax Collector Brenda L. Haynes said the resident wants a double driveway. Council members said they even would be open to considering a horseshoe loop driveway for the home.

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