Clear Spring briefs

December 14, 2010|KATE S. ALEXANDER |

Newly elected town officials take oath of office

CLEAR SPRING — Newly elected Clear Spring Town Council members took the oath of office Monday night.

Town Councilwoman-elect Megan Yeakle, 23, of Martin Street, will start her first term on the four-member board in January.

Vice Mayor Steve Blickenstaff, 47, of Cumberland Street, will start his third term as vice mayor.

Both will officially take office in the second week of January. Council members serve two-year terms.

Washington County Clerk of the Circuit Court Dennis Weaver swore in the newly elected council members.

Family and friends of the council members were in attendance and joined town officials for a small celebration after the ceremony.

Council members to petition state to reinstate shared revenues

CLEAR SPRING — Clear Spring Town Council members unanimously approved a resolution Monday to petition the state to reinstate shared revenues and provide municipalities with authority to expand revenue resources.


Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. said the resolution was approved by the Maryland Municipal League. Clear Spring joins communities across the county who sent a similar plea to the delegation, Hose said.

“The town of Clear Spring supports the efforts of the Maryland Municipal League to reinstate lost state funding for municipal governments and to create alternative municipal funding mechanisms,” according to the resolution.

The state reduced state-shared revenues by more than 75 percent for the current fiscal year, according to the resolution.

Councilwoman Pamela Sasser was absent.

Council OKs update animal control ordinance

CLEAR SPRING — Washington County’s updated animal control ordinance met with support Monday from the Clear Spring Town Council.

The council unanimously approved adding revisions of the county’s animal-control ordinance to its town code.

Councilwoman Pamela Sasser was absent.

The Washington County Commissioners approved the ordinance by a 3-2 vote in October. They were divided on fees for dog licenses and the system for dealing with dogs that attack people and other pets.

Among changes to the ordinance was the establishment of a lifetime dog license fee of $25 and the creation of a “potentially viscous and dangerous” category for dogs with records of attack, under which the owner and dog must complete a training course. The dog may be cleared of the label after 18 months.

Council approves purchase of backup chlorine pump

CLEAR SPRING — The Clear Spring Town Council Monday approved purchasing a backup chlorine pump for the town’s water treatment plant.

Chief Plant Operator Terry Schlotterbeck recommended the council purchase the pump at an estimated cost of $527.

Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. said the pump would be a backup to the existing chlorine pump.

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