Funkstown briefs

July 10, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

Volunteer Fire Co. chief reports June calls

FUNKSTOWN - June was a busy month for the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co., according to Chief Paul Hottinger.

Reporting at Monday night's town meeting, Hottinger said the company responded to 64 fire calls and 59 emergency medical calls.

That brings the total for the first six months of 2007 to 674 calls.

Hottinger reported that he met with representatives of Callas Contractors, who are doing the work at the Funkstown Wastewater Treatment Plant to discuss safety.

He said between the fire company and the contracting firm, all necessary safety and rescue equipment is available should there be a call at the site.

Town contributes to duck race

FUNKSTOWN - Town officials agreed Monday night to contribute $50 to the upcoming 8th annual Antietam Creek Duck Race, a fundraiser for the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co.


The event will be Saturday, Aug. 25. There will be prizes for the first ducks to cross the finish line.

There also will be raffles and a barbecue on race day.

Town donates $250 to rescue service

FUNKSTOWN - Town officials agreed Monday night to donate $250 to the Community Rescue Service, which runs calls in the Funkstown area.

Wastewater treatment plant report given

FUNKSTOWN - Town Clerk Brenda Haynes read a list of items that have been completed at the site of the Funkstown Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is currently undergoing a $3.09 million upgrade.

She also noted that the second payment for $605,461 has been requested. The council voted to make the payment.

Town to get less mosquito spraying

FUNKSTOWN - A letter from the Maryland Department of Agriculture's mosquito control section revealed what had been feared earlier, that Funkstown will be getting less spraying this year because of state staffing woes.

In the letter, Jeannine Dorothy, supervising entomologist, said there will be surveillance for mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus, and monitoring of stormwater retention sites and other breeding grounds through the summer, with treatment as needed.

The good news, she said, is that the town's bill for mosquito control will be greatly reduced in 2007 but at the expense of reduced service.

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