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Funkstown briefs

July 19, 2011

Town to request blanket permit to trim trees

FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown is getting a cost estimate to trim trees that are causing hazardous traffic conditions, such as tree branches blocking stop signs and traffic signals, town officials said this week.

The Maryland Forest Service waives the fee for the town to get trees trimmed, and officials would request a blanket permit so residents can piggyback on the permit if they have trees to trim, town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said Monday.

That means town residents wouldn't have to pay the permit fee, but they would still need to hire a licensed arborist to do any tree trimming on their property, Haynes said.

The Maryland Forest Service requires a permit to trim trees in a road's right of way, said Marian Honeczy, supervisor of the urban and community forestry program. The state agency prefers the landowner, not the tree trimmer, secure the permit, she said.

The issue arose at the July 11 town council meeting when Councilman John Phillips III mentioned the trees hanging over stop signs and signals.

Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said officials at St. Paul's Lutheran Church will be asked to trim trees along the cemetery that are in the way of vehicles driving on Cemetery and Green streets, Haynes said.

Phillips said at least one vehicle's side-view mirror was cracked by cemetery tree branches.

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

Hagerstown Bulldogs improving ballfield at park

FUNKSTOWN — The Hagerstown Bulldogs, a traveling baseball team that uses a ballfield at Funkstown Community Park, has been making improvements to the field, Funkstown officials said.

The baseball team has redone the baselines, cleaned up the dugout and mowed the grass, town officials said. The team will repair a back wall in the dugout that town Councilman Richard Gaver said was "pushing in."

Gaver inquired about fixing the dugout wall at the town council's July 11 meeting and learned the baseball team was going to take care of it.


Officials looking into better signs for park entrances
FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown officials are looking into better signs for Funkstown Community Park's two entrances.

It's possible town officials might get signs that feature "You are here" markers.

Some people don't realize the park has two entrances, and the signs might make it easier for people to find each other at the park when gatherings are arranged, officials said during the July 11 town council meeting.


Assistant mayor, clerk thank council for conference
FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown's assistant mayor and town clerk thanked the town council for allowing them to attend the Maryland Municipal League conference in Ocean City, Md., in June.

Assistant Mayor Sharon Chirgott said the conference was worthwhile.

"After 24 years on the council, I found out I didn't know anything," Chirgott said at the council's July 11 meeting at Town Hall.

Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes and Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. also attended the conference, Haynes said.

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— Julie E. Greene

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