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Hancock Town Council briefs

June 11, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS

Hancock Town Council OKs $1.7 million budget



HANCOCK --The Hancock Town Council on Wednesday approved the town's $1.7 million budget for fiscal year 2011.

Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said the budget maintains all town employees, and holds their salaries and benefits the same.

Hancock property owners will see their town tax rate go up and their county tax rate go down as taxation for certain services is shifted from the county to the town, Murphy said.

"It's basically a wash," Murphy said of the taxing change. "It's the same amount of money."

Of the $1.7 million budget, about $1 million is the general fund.

Two prospective companies interested in former Fleetwood property



HANCOCK -- Two prospective companies have recently expressed interest in the former Fleetwood Travel Trailers property now owned by the Town of Hancock, officials said Wednesday.

One company is a travel-trailer manufacturer and the other is a clean-diesel technology company from outside the country, Hancock Town Manager David Smith said.

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Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said he spent more than an hour on the phone with the interested companies Wednesday. The companies might be coming to look at the plant as one of multiple potential sites, Murphy said.

Smith said the town was working with U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett's staff to vet the international company.

Two Hancock Middle/Senior High School grads earn scholarships through Pepsi partnership



HANCOCK --Hancock Middle/Senior High School graduates Mariah Peck and Dylan Rinker were selected this year to receive scholarships as part of the town's partnership with Pepsi.

Peck and Rinker were selected based on essays they wrote about their experiences growing up in the Hancock area.

Peck wrote about her caring neighbors, playing basketball with neighbors at a community hoop, and the increased safety and closeness that comes from living in a small town. She plans to study radiology at Hagerstown Community College and wrote that she "can't imagine" leaving Hancock.

Rinker, who lives in nearby Little Orleans, Md., but attended the Hancock school, wrote that the school's small size made it "easy to relate and connect with people." He plans to study video-game art and design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and vowed to be "an exemplary representative of the community and school of Hancock."

Hancock Town manager bought one of original vouchers for C&O construction through Hancock



HANCOCK --Hancock Town Manager David Smith said Wednesday he purchased one of the original vouchers for the construction of the C&O Canal through Hancock, and he plans to loan it to the town museum.

The certificate, which Smith found online, was issued and signed by the president of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Co. in 1868, he said.

Smith encouraged others who have pieces of Hancock history to donate or loan them to the museum to ensure they are preserved and remain in the town.

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