Funkstown Town Council briefs

July 12, 2011

Councilman voices complaints about dogs in cemetery

FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown Councilman John Phillips III said people have been letting their dogs run loose in Funkstown Community Park and Funkstown Cemetery, calling the waste left behind at the cemetery "disgusting" and "disrespectful."

During a Town Council meeting Monday night, Phillips said he had received several calls about people letting dogs run off their leashes in the cemetery.

Signs stating "no pets allowed" need to be posted at the cemetery's entrances for enforcement purposes, Phillips said.

"I walked through the other night, and it's pretty disgusting. It's disrespectful," Phillips said.

Barry Warrenfeltz, who was at the meeting and is a church council member at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, was asked to talk to church officials about signage.

Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said he wasn't sure who owns the cemetery, but St. Paul's has maintained it.

Phillips said he will check the park's entrances to confirm the park signs state dogs need to be on leashes.

Too late for Funkstown to take action on recycling in 2011
FUNKSTOWN — With Funkstown's trash-removal contract approved for the current fiscal year, it's too late to do anything this year about recycling, Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said Monday night.

Funkstown resident Barry Warrenfeltz asked town officials what was going to be done about offering recycling.

Washington County is removing the recycling bins from behind the fire station on July 15, Crampton said. The fire company's board of directors voted to request the bins' removal because they have become an unsightly dump site.

"It truly is a shame," Crampton said.

Crampton said town officials were working with the county on a solution, but he doesn't know what that could be.

The council has approved its waste-collection contract for the year, voting 4-0 at the June meeting to award the one-year contract, from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, to Apple Valley Waste, with a low bid of $54,661.

The council unanimously passed a resolution Monday night to accept Apple Valley Waste's bid for trash removal services for the town.

Residents complain about speeding through intersections
FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said he would ask the Washington County Sheriff's Office how often they patrol the south end of town after a resident complained about people speeding through intersections to take a shortcut to Alternate U.S. 40.

More frequent patrols might be needed, Crampton said during a Town Council meeting Monday night.

Town resident Tom Mease said drivers are flying down Green Street, some drivers going 30 mph to 40 mph through intersections without braking.

Mease said he had tag numbers for some of the drivers.

Crampton told Mease to give the tag numbers to Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes, who will contact the sheriff's office.

Crampton asked Councilman John Phillips III to explore the idea of rumble strips, which Mease suggested.

Town Council votes to donate $100 to Fire Co.'s fundraiser
FUNKSTOWN — The Funkstown Town Council voted 6-0 Monday night to donate $100 to the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co.'s duck race fundraiser.

The council did the same last year, using the money to buy plastic ducks or chances to win the duck race. Last year, Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said any winnings the town earned would be donated to a local charity.

The duck race will be Saturday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. on Antietam Creek behind the fire station.

Town thanked for helping summer tent theater group
FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown resident Barry Warrenfeltz, on behalf of the Washington County Coalition of Lutheran Churches, thanked the town for helping a traveling summer tent theater group that set up camp in Funkstown Community Park in late June.

More than 200 people attended the two shows, Warrenfeltz said during a Town Council meeting Monday night.

The group might return within the next two years, he said.

— Julie E. Greene

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