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Hancock briefs

May 10, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Proposed budget includes rate hikes



HANCOCK - Hancock Town Manager David D. Smith said Wednesday that several rate increases are included in the town's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Residents can expect increases in water, sewer and sanitation if the more than $2 million operating budget is adopted. Smith said the water and sewer rate increases are necessary due to higher electricity rates and capital projects. Garbage collection for residents has actually been losing money, he said, and an increase was proposed just to break even in that fund.

The base rate for 6,000 gallons of water is $25.20 per quarter, Smith said, and the budget for fiscal year 2008 calls for an increase to $26.20. The sewer rate is $22.50 per quarter, and the proposed budget would increase that to $24.

The town's sanitation rate is $25 per quarter, and the proposed budget would increase that to $35 per quarter, Smith said.

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The town council is expected to discuss the budget again at a May 22 workshop.

The general fund revenue for fiscal year 2008 in the proposed budget is about $1.2 million, the same as the general fund expenditures. The water department budget is about $345,000, and the waste water department budget is about $350,000. The sanitation department has a budget of more than $100,000, according to documents provided Wednesday.




Mayor asks residents to adopt 'flower beds'



HANCOCK - Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said residents are welcome to "adopt" some of the flower beds along Main Street.

Some of the flower beds need care, and the public is welcome to help. The business owners along that street, he said, are not always able to care for the flowers.

Anyone interested in helping may call Town Hall at 301-678-5622.




Hancock Park to be dedicated June 16



HANCOCK - The dedication of Joseph Hancock Jr. Park is set for June 16 at 10:30 a.m.

Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said he hopes to have some relatives of Joseph Hancock Jr. at the ceremony.

Several projects also are being completed at the park. These include work to the parking lot, bathrooms, landscaping and the pavilion.




Businesses that sell tobacco get training



HANCOCK - Hancock Police Chief Timothy J. Buskirk told the town council Wednesday that he recently held tobacco awareness education for businesses in town that sell tobacco.

Twenty-one people participated, he said, representing every business in town that sells tobacco. They discussed laws pertaining to the sale of tobacco and also potential fines if the law is violated.




Bulk trash, yard debris pickup set



HANCOCK - Hancock officials have scheduled yard debris and bulk trash pickups for residents.

Yard debris will be picked up May 23, and bulk trash will be picked up May 16. Officials said the pickups must be scheduled, and there is a charge for the bulk trash.




Reservoir work to be done in a 'few weeks'



HANCOCK - Hancock Town Manager David D. Smith said Wednesday that work to repair the main reservoir should be complete in a few weeks.

The 500,000-gallon tank had a faulty water stop, and officials hired a company to complete the work.

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