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Possible hotel construction a significant issue for Clear Spring

January 15, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

CLEAR SPRING - Discussions to build a Sleep Inn Hotel behind the McDonald's restaurant in Clear Spring will highlight the town's agenda in 2008.

Town Clerk Juanita K. Grimm said Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. signed a letter in December to support the construction of the 79-room hotel, but town officials want to get feedback from Clear Spring residents before legislation is passed to approve the project, she said.

The hotel's prospective developer, Stanley Neal, said the project is far from certain at this point.

"We're getting some things together to see if its even feasible," he said.

Grimm said another project in 2008 will involve boring under the 12000 block of U.S. 40 so a waterline can be laid to connect three houses and a vacant lot to the town's water system.

In politics, the town will hold elections for vice mayor and the Town Council seat that is held by Stewart C. Brennan. Both positions carry two-year terms.

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Brennan, who celebrated his 88th birthday last week, said he wouldn't seek another term.

"I'm getting too old for that," he said. "I hope they find somebody else."

Vice Mayor Steven L. Blickenstaff said he thought he would run for re-election but hasn't made up his mind.

"I'm not 100 percent sure," he said.

Grimm said Dr. Tanvir Pasha purchased property on Hawbaker Circle and wants to open a medical practice there. Pasha is in the process of trying to obtain the proper permits, she said.

Clear Spring Fire Chief Michael Reid said the fire department will hold its annual Gun Drawing June 14 to help raise operating funds. During the drawing, people pay about $25 for a chance to win a variety of firearms, he said.

Reid said the fire department also relies on Saturday night bingo at the Special Events building on Big Spring Road to raise money. Bingo starts at 6:15 p.m. for early birds and 7 p.m. for everyone else, he said.

In addition, the fire department will apply for federal grants to purchase an emergency generator and a system for the firehouse that would remove engine exhaust from the building, Reid said. The generator would cost about $60,000, while the exhaust system would cost $61,000 to $69,000.

"Both of those we have to do," he said. "We're just hoping we don't have to borrow the money. ... We're always applying to get every dollar we can."

Reid said the fire department also is trying to find a way to fund 10 portable radios.

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