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Funkstown briefs

April 26, 2010

Council considers letting inmates mow, trim at park

FUNKSTOWN -- Funkstown Town Councilman Kim Ramer suggested town officials look into getting help from state prison inmates with mowing and trimming needed at Funkstown Community Park.

Having the inmates do such work this summer would help the town, Ramer said during a mayor and council work session Monday night at Town Hall.

The town is in a budget crunch, with council members considering raising the property tax rate and cutting expenses.

The town's maintenance supervisor stepped down in March.

That job has not been filled and town officials are trying to keep it vacant for as long as they can get by with one maintenance employee, Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said after the meeting.

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Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services officials were in Williamsport on April 16 to tout Public Safety Works, a program that began in 2008 to supply free prison labor to Maryland's towns and cities.

Williamsport has been using prison labor full time. The inmates in the program are near the end of their sentences and are close to being released.

Storm drain needs to be repaired

FUNKSTOWN -- Another storm drain needs to be repaired in Funkstown.

The brick interior of a storm drain on Edgewood Drive, across from Poplar Street, is falling apart, town officials said during Monday night's work session.

Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said he would have one of his employees help the town maintenance worker repair the drain. Crampton is president of Paul Crampton Contractors.

Town Hall eyed as backup emergency location

FUNKSTOWN -- Upstairs space at Town Hall could be used as a backup location for an after-school day-care program at Funkstown School for Early Childhood Education.

Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said the after-school program inquired about whether the space could serve as a second emergency location if the program had to evacuate from the school. The first backup location is a church, she said.

Haynes asked the mayor and council if they were OK with that use of the upstairs space, given that it is sometimes used for town events.

"That would be a bad emergency," Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said, adding it was fine with him if the program used the space if necessary.

Town Hall roof, windows need repairs

FUNKSTOWN -- The budget for the upcoming fiscal year is already expected to be tight and Town Hall needs repairs.

Rich Gaver, a town resident who is running for Town Council, reminded the mayor and council during a work session Monday night to keep Town Hall in mind when it comes to the budget.

Not only do windows need replacing, but the roof is in bad shape, Gaver said. There are places where daylight is visible and squirrels might be getting in, as well as rain, he said.

Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said the estimated cost of replacing one window is approximately $1,500. Nine windows need replacement.

The roof also needs replacing, he said after the meeting.

Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said there are occasions after storms when she goes to leave Town Hall and discovers that pieces of brick have fallen from the building.

The building used to be a church, town officials said.

-- Julie E. Greene

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