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Clear Spring briefs

June 10, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

Town Council OKs water, sewer rate increases

CLEAR SPRING - The Clear Spring Town Council voted Monday to approve water and sewer rate increases for fiscal year 2008-09.

The water rate will increase 94 cents per quarter for customers who live in town and $1.42 per quarter for customers who live outside of town, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said. That's about a 2 percent increase from the current rate for in-town residents, Grimm said.

The sewer rate will increase by $3.71 per quarter, or about 3.5 percent, for all customers, Grimm said.

Those are the increases recommended by the town's accountant to cover rising water and sewer costs, Vice-Mayor Steven Blickenstaff said.

Clear Spring has not raised its water or sewer rates in three years, Grimm said.

The increases are based on 12,000 gallons of usage per quarter and will increase marginally for every 1,000 gallons used thereafter.

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The new rates take effect July 1.

Clear Spring approves proposed budget for 2008-09

CLEAR SPRING - The Clear Spring Town Council voted Monday night to approve the town's proposed budget for fiscal year 2008-09.

The $66,088 budget includes $23,400 for waste collection and $13,000 for sludge removal, town officials said previously.

There was no input from residents about the budget at a public hearing Monday night, Vice-Mayor Steven Blickenstaff said.

Sidewalk Cafe Licenses will not be applicable in Clear Spring

CLEAR SPRING - A new Sidewalk Cafe License available to restaurants from the Washington County Board of License Commissioners will not be applicable in Clear Spring, Clear Spring Town Council members said Monday.

The council voted to notify the county that the town is not interested in allowing sidewalk cafes.

"I don't think our sidewalks are wide enough to handle anything like that," councilman Theodore "Teddy" Hovermale said.

Clear Spring High School student awarded $50 savings bond

CLEAR SPRING - Clear Spring High School junior Joy Bright was awarded a $50 savings bond from the town of Clear Spring, Vice-Mayor Steven Blickenstaff said Monday.

Bright, who lives in Big Pool, was nominated as an outstanding student by school officials, Blickenstaff said.

The town presents the award each marking period that there is a student nominee.

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