Funkstown briefs

June 12, 2007|by MARLO BARNHART

Funkstown accepts bid on pavilion

FUNKSTOWN - It's official. The Funkstown Council has accepted the $29,985 bid by GRC General Contractor Inc. to build a pavilion at Funkstown Community Park.

At the May meeting, there was no quorum in attendance for a bid to be accepted so Funkstown Town Clerk Brenda Haynes called Richard Nigh and John W. Phillips III, council members, and Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr.

She reported Monday night that those votes also went to GRC and the bid was accepted at the Monday meeting.

Haynes said earlier that Program Open Space will pay $54,000 of the project's $60,000 cost, with the town picking up the remaining $6,000.

Money that is left over could go for additional landscaping and playground equipment at the park, she said in May.

Re-enactment slated for July 14 and 15

FUNKSTOWN - Civil War re-enactor Ronald Benedict reported Monday night to Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. and the town council on the final details for the July 14 and 15 Battle of Funkstown re-enactment.


"We have about 100 re-enactors registered," Benedict said.

Funkstown Fire Chief Paul Hottinger reported that his company would be barbecuing at the fire hall and then bringing the food to the site of the event at Funkstown Community Park.

"We will also have an aid station set up with ice, water and support for any emergency needs," Hottinger said.

Hot dogs and hamburgers will be grilled on-site, he said.

Benedict said the scenario of the battle will be changed this year, as will the locations of the Confederate and Union campsites.

"There is also going to be a street battle this year," Benedict said.

The Battle of Funkstown occurred July 10 to 12, 1863, as Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee led his troops back to Virginia following the Battle of Gettysburg.

Payment to be made on wastewater plant

FUNKSTOWN -With work now under way at Funkstown's Wastewater Treatment Plant, the town council voted Monday night to authorize the first payment to Callas Contractors Inc.

Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. announced the figure of $94,644 for that first payment.

Crampton sat in at Monday's meeting for ailing Mayor Robert L. Kline.

The project's total cost is expected to reach about $3.19 million, according to figures released last October.

Funkstown was forced to update its wastewater system after Maryland Department of the Environment officials told town officials that the plant's lagoon system did not meet MDE standards.

Funkstown Fire Co. reports May calls

FUNKSTOWN - May was a busy month for the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co.

"We had 33 fire calls and 71 emergency medical service calls," said Chief Paul Hottinger. That brought May's totals to 104 and 551 to date in 2007.

Hottinger announced that a new fire engine will be delivered in September, two months sooner than expected.

Work on Alternate U.S. 40 complete

FUNKSTOWN - Town Clerk Brenda Haynes reported Monday night that the roadwork on Alternate U.S. 40 is completed, except for some directional arrows on the road.

A question about whether or not parking space lines were part of the work contract hasn't been resolved, she said.

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