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Clear Spring Town Council briefs

August 13, 2013

Hunting permit rules set for town reservoir land

CLEAR SPRING — Those who wish to hunt on Clear Spring’s water reservoir land during the upcoming season can do so only if they are residents or property owners living outside the town’s boundaries who use the municipality’s water system, the Clear Spring Town Council has decided.

The council on Monday night voted to finalize its hunting permit rules for the wooded 360-acre property west of town. A hunter must have a valid hunting license to receive a town permit.

Hunters will be required to hunt north of the power lines on the property, Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. said. No permanent tree stands or ATVs may be used, and hunting is prohibited on the nearby Hovermale property, he said.

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Three permits were issued last season, with no reported incidents, town officials said.
Vehicle dash permits, which are issued with the hunting permits, must be displayed on vehicles parked on the hunting grounds.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources monitors the land, and any illegal behavior will be reported to the agency, town officials said.

Bids sought for Hawbaker Circle paving job

CLEAR SPRING — Clear Spring is seeking bids for paving work on a portion of South Hawbaker Circle.

The 700-foot section of the road connecting U.S. 40 to Md. 68 runs behind the Clear Spring ambulance hall on the east end of town, Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. said Monday night.

The deadline to submit sealed bids at Clear Spring Town Hall is Sept. 6 at 4 p.m., Hose said.

Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said bid information was being finalized and would be available at the office, located at 146 Cumberland St.

Garden club to use $20K gift to clean historic spring

CLEAR SPRING — The Clear Spring Garden Club has received a $20,000 gift that will be used to help restore the town’s historic spring, according to club member Kathleen King.

King told Clear Spring Town Council members Monday night that the donor wishes to remain anonymous.

She said the money also will be used for general town beautification.

Local Girl Scouts plan to help in the first phase of the project, which will include placing new wrought-iron planters, plus power-washing work and installing new banisters at the spring, King said.

“They are really working on that,” she said.

Club members will take care of phase two, said King, noting that a historic plaque will be placed at the spring, as will a sign that warns “water unsafe for drinking.”

Natural springs at one time supplied town residents with water. The town’s municipal water system is supplied by three wells that tap into an underground aquifer.

— C.J. Lovelace

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