Funkstown briefs

November 12, 2012

Bar owner upset by motorcycle comment

FUNKSTOWN — The owner of Joker’s Bar and Grill took exception Monday night to a comment that Funkstown Councilman Luke Barnette made during an Oct. 8 Funkstown Town Council meeting about a motorcycle burning rubber on a sidewalk during an event involving the bar.

Barnette said during the October meeting that because of what he saw, he believes the council might want to rethink granting permission to close a town street for a motorcycle poker run.

The council approved closing the block of Antietam Street between Chestnut and Baltimore streets on Oct. 6 for a poker run involving Joker’s Bar and Grill.

Joker’s Bar and Grill owner Josette Gustavus appeared before the council Monday night to question whether Barnette really saw the motorcycle burning rubber.

Gustavus said she has invested a lot of money in her bar to make it comfortable. If any problems start at the bar, like an argument, Gustavus said she addresses them immediately.

“I attempt to handle things before they get out of hand,” Gustavus said.

Barnette did not back down from what he saw.

“There would be no reason to lie about that,” Barnette said.

“Believe me, I don’t think he’s telling a story,” said Councilman John Phillips III, who said the council might need to discuss with Gustavus any plans for similar events that might be held at the bar in the future.

Metal detecting banned in Funkstown Community Park

FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown Town Council members decided Monday night to ban metal detecting in Funkstown Community Park after Councilman John Phillips III said it appears to be a problem.

A Civil War battle occurred in the area of the park and Phillips said a “very expensive piece” was dug up in the park recently.

In regard to the park, Phillips said he believes “what’s in the ground stays in the ground.”

After the council approved a metal-detecting ban, Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said signs will be posted at two entrances to the park declaring no metal detecting will be allowed.

— Dave McMillion

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