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Funkstown briefs

December 15, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

Town of Funkstown to send trash contractor a letter regarding complaints



FUNKSTOWN -- The Town of Funkstown will send its trash contractor a letter after receiving a couple of complaints about service during Monday night's town council meeting.

At least two residents complained that trash cans weren't always completely emptied and that trash sometimes ends up spilled in the street or on their property.

Assistant Mayor Paul Crampton Jr. said the town would send the contractor a letter in hopes of resolving the problems.

J.P. Phillips, general manager with Apple Valley Waste, said Tuesday, "Any of those concerns like that, we'd take care of immediately."

The town's trash contract was handled by Blue Ridge Sales' Greenscape Trash and Lawn Service, but Apple Valley Waste of Kearneysville, W.Va., bought out Greenscape.

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Some street grates and storm drains to be repaired in January



FUNKSTOWN -- Some street grates to storm drains in Funkstown will be repaired in January, Assistant Mayor Paul Crampton Jr. said Monday night.

Crampton said he knew of four drains that were broken and in need of repair. Three are on Antietam Street and one is on Cemetery Street.

Hagerstown's director of utilities to meet with Funkstown mayor, council



FUNKSTOWN -- Michael Spiker, director of utilities for the City of Hagerstown, is expected to attend the Funkstown mayor and council meeting in January, Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said.

That meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at Funkstown Town Hall.

Funkstown Councilman Kim Ramer asked about future water rate increases from Hagerstown at Monday night's meeting.

"I'm not voting for no more increases on people's water rates and sewer rates," Ramer said.

At November's town meeting, the council approved a 3.6 percent increase in water rates to keep up with a rate increase from Hagerstown. Funkstown is a wholesale water customer of Hagerstown.

Hagerstown officials approved a five-year water rate schedule, with water rates to increase each year through the fiscal year that starts July 1, 2013, Hagerstown Finance Director Al Martin has said.

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