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Funkstown briefs

April 12, 2012

Town to pay off $419K water bond by July 1

FUNKSTOWN —  Funkstown is scheduled to pay off a $419,126 bond tied to the town’s water distribution pipes in two years, Funkstown Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said this week.

Haynes said the last $20,468 payment is scheduled for July 1, 2014, on the $419,126 bond that originated on July 1, 1988, with 6 percent interest.

Haynes said the bond was either for installing additional water pipes or refinancing the town’s original water lines, which were installed in the late 1960s.

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The town makes two payments a year on the water bond, so once it’s paid off almost $41,000 will be freed up, which could help pay for major repairs needed in town, Haynes said.

Town to hold annual spring cleanup in May

FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown will hold its annual spring cleanup next month, Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said.

Town residents will need to provide proof of residency when they drop off items at the Dumpsters, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 4, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 5, at Funkstown Community Park, Haynes said.

There are restrictions on what will be accepted.

Haynes said the following items will not be accepted: tires; batteries; paint cans; explosives; radioactive material; medical waste; gas, oil and propane tanks; and items that contain Freon such as refrigerators, air conditioners and dehumidifiers.

Higher water use being checked at treatment plant

FUNKSTOWN — Maryland Environmental Service officials were in Funkstown on Tuesday to help determine why water use at the town’s wastewater-treatment plant has been unusually high at times.

Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said Tuesday that officials think the water meter at the plant is not working properly and will replace it to see if that fixes the problem.

The plant uses water for sinks, a bathroom and a lakeside unit, Haynes said.

Officials know there isn’t a leak because the quarterly water bill fluctuates, Haynes said. If there was a leak, the bill wouldn’t go down, she said.

— Julie E. Greene

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