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Clear Spring Town Council briefs

September 09, 2013

Candidate deadlines, election announced

The deadline to declare candidacy in the upcoming Clear Spring town elections is Monday, Oct. 7, town officials said Monday night.

To be eligible, candidates must reside in Clear Spring for at least two years prior to running for office, be at least 21 years old, be a qualified voter and maintain residence throughout his or her term, Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. said.

The seats of Hose and council members Carol and Theodore Hovermale will be up for grabs in the Monday, Nov. 4 election.

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Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said residents who wish to declare their candidacy must do so during the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., at Clear Spring Town Hall, located at 146 Cumberland St.

The deadline to request absentee ballots for the Nov. 4 election is Friday, Oct. 18, Grimm said.

Council approves $1,000 for FFA event

The Clear Spring Town Council on Monday night unanimously approved a funding request of $1,000 to be used for the inaugural Clear Spring Fall Festival on Oct. 4-5.

The money, which will come from the town’s allotment of Washington County hotel-motel tax revenue, will be used for advertising and supplies, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said.

The event is sponsored by the Clear Spring High School Future Farmers of America, the high school’s FFA alumni and the Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview.

The proceeds from the event will go toward rehabilitating a barn used by FFA students, Grimm said.

A fried-chicken dinner will take place Friday, Oct. 4, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by line dancing and square dancing at Clear Spring Middle School. Second-day activities will be held at the Clear Spring Outdoor Activities and Environmental Center behind Plumb Grove.

Advance tickets for Friday’s dinner and dance can be purchased by calling 301-766-8086 or 301-766-8082.

Hawbaker Circle paving bid awarded

The Clear Spring Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to award a $17,980 contract to Ralph Weaver & Son Inc., of Big Pool to mill and pave a 700-foot portion of South Hawbaker Circle.

Weaver & Son was selected as the preferred contractor despite being $480 higher than the second choice, Licking Creek Paving & Hauling LLC, also of Big Pool, which submitted a bid of $17,500.

Other bids came from Antietam Paving of Williamsport, $16,769, and C. William Hetzer Inc. of Hagerstown, $24,000.

Although the lowest, Antietam Paving’s bid did not include the transportation of the asphalt millings to the town’s wastewater treatment plant as requested, town officials said.

The road to be paved runs behind the Clear Spring ambulance hall, connecting U.S. 40 to Md. 68 on the east end of town.

— C.J. Lovelace

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