Funkstown briefs

October 09, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

New maintenance employee introduced

FUNKSTOWN - A new employee on the Funkstown maintenance staff was introduced at Monday night's town meeting.

Jeff Smith started work Sept. 24, according to Vice Mayor Paul Crampton Jr.

Crampton was heading up the meeting while Mayor Robert Kline recuperates from a recent fall.

Trash removal cost estimate presented

FUNKSTOWN - Carl Hardcastle, president of Greenscape Residential Trash Service, presented the town with an eight-month estimate for trash removal Monday night.

He also had estimates for three more years with increases only if landfill fees go up and the federal government tacks on cost-of-living hikes.

The town opted to go for the extended three years once they were assured the contract would rest on whether Greenscape continued to provide outstanding service.


"We have to perform at a certain level. You have an out if we're not doing a good job," Hardcastle said.

This month, the quarterly cost for garbage collection goes up from $25 to $30.

The 388 town customers get garbage pickup Mondays and Thursdays.

Town gets clean bill of financial health

FUNKSTOWN - Rodney Saunders delivered the town audit draft at Monday night's meeting, going over the document with the council in anticipation of a vote to approve the audit at a future meeting.

Saunders gave the town a clean bill of financial health while pointing out some changes in procedure.

He complimented the town on having its water, sewer and trash rates "right on track" with no excessive surpluses or liabilities in those funds.

Volunteers needed for Christmas celebration

FUNKSTOWN - Interested volunteers showed up for recent meetings of the Dec. 7 Olde Tyme Christmas celebration and contributions are coming in.

Rich Gaver said the next planning meeting is Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall. "We are still looking for workers and ideas for activities at the event," he said.

The Volunteer Fire Department of Funkstown is helping with the craft show as well as the dinner and bake sale that will be held at the fire hall.

The parade will begin at the cemetery/monument and proceed along the main street to the fire hall, Gaver said.

"There may even be a band but we're not sure yet," Gaver said.

Sewer plant upgrade payment authorized

FUNKSTOWN - The fifth payment for the sewer plant upgrade was authorized Monday night as town council members heard that work is on schedule even with some modifications.

Vice Mayor Paul Crampton Jr. said the payment is for $295,687. A meeting with contractors Monday showed that work was progressing well with some outside walls already completed.

Commisioners to meet at Town Hall

FUNKSTOWN - The Washington County Commissioners will be meeting at Funkstown Town Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.

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