Funkstown Town Council briefs

June 14, 2011

Funkstown recycling Dumpster overflowing

FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown officials have asked Washington County officials to more frequently police a recycling drop-off Dumpster behind the fire hall.

Town officials and at least one resident raised concerns about trash and recycling overwhelming the trash receptacle during a Funkstown Town Council meeting Monday night.

Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said the county has been notified of the situation, and town officials have also talked to fire company officials about it.

If the piles of trash and recycling continue to create a mess, fire officials will notify the town, and the Dumpster would be removed, Crampton said.

Assistant Mayor Sharon Chirgott said she heard the recycling Dumpster being emptied Saturday, and it was full again Saturday night.

Town resident Barry Warrenfeltz said more recycling and trash have been piling up at the collection point since recycling Dumpsters at the South End Shopping Center were removed.

The collection point is for recycling only, but people have been dumping trash there as well, town officials said.

Neighborhood Watch volunteers sought

FUNKSTOWN — Any Funkstown residents interested in restarting a Neighborhood Watch in town can call Funkstown Town Hall.

Town resident Barry Warrenfeltz asked what happened to the watch group during at Funkstown Town Council meeting Monday night.

Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said the watch hasn't been run during the last four years. Crampton said he thought it ended from lack of participation.

Juveniles with BB gun found in park

FUNKSTOWN — Five juvenile males were found in Funkstown Community Park with a BB gun at 2:43 a.m. on June 8, town officials said.

Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies found the boys in the park, which closes at 9 p.m. They were released the boys to their parents, Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said after at Funkstown Town Council meeting Monday night.

Crampton said there wasn't any vandalism from the incident.

New tennis courts to be locked

FUNKSTOWN — Residents who want to use Funkstown's new tennis courts will need a key, Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. decided Monday night.

Funkstown Town Council members agreed with Crampton, who told Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes to have a sign posted at the tennis courts notifying residents they can pick up a key to the courts at Town Hall.

Councilman Richard L. Gaver said he received a complaint about bicycle skid marks on the new tennis courts.

And Crampton said he recently had to shoo skateboarders off the tennis courts.

Crampton said multiple copies of the key will be made so frequent users of the courts might hold onto a key and lock the courts up when they are done.

Vendors needed for Day in the Park

FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown officials are still looking for vendors for this year's Day in the Park, which is part of the Battle of Funkstown re-enactment festivities.

The event had 15 vendors last year, but so far has only three lined up for this year, town officials said. Re-enactment weekend is July 15-17, with Day in the Park on Saturday, July 16.

Craft vendors pay a $10 donation, which goes to the Civil War Memorial fund, Councilman Richard L. Gaver said during a Town Council meeting Monday night.

Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said the town will eventually build a memorial at the park in honor of the Battle of Funkstown.

Changes to animal-control law adopted

FUNKSTOWN — The Funkstown Town Council voted 4-0 on Monday night to adopt a resolution accepting changes in Washington County's animal-control ordinance.

Town Councilmen John Phillips III and Richard L. Gaver were absent during the vote. Gaver showed up late to the meeting due to a Boy Scouts commitment.

The town uses the county's laws to manage animal issues in town. The changes accepted Monday are retroactive to Jan. 1, 2011, Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said.

Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said because the town is adopting the changes through a resolution, a public hearing wasn't necessary.

Town street repairs to be considered

FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown officials will be discussing streets that need cracks sealed and some that might get repaved, Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said Monday night during a Funkstown Town Council meeting.

Town resident Gail Mongan suggested the town have a crack seal program, and Crampton agreed it was a good idea. Mongan said Green Street, where he lives, has had a crack for about three years.

Streets have been neglected because the town hasn't had money for major repairs after the state cut its highway user fee revenue, Crampton said.

The town is expecting $12,660 in highway user revenues this coming fiscal year, a sharp increase, according to the budget.

There might be enough money to do some crack seal repair and some repaving, Crampton said. The first street to get repaved will probably be West Side Avenue in front of the fire hall, he said.

Crampton said a list of streets needing crack seal will be assembled so the council can review them.


— Julie E. Greene

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