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Funkstown Town Council briefs

September 09, 2013

Funkstown looks for ways to control runoff

FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown Town Councilman John Phillips III said he walked along part of the Antietam Creek on Friday with an official from the Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance to learn what can be done to earn the town credits toward the county Watershed Implementation Plan.

In June 2012, the Funkstown Town Council voted to do what it could afford to do to reduce nitrogen and phosphorous discharges into the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

For Funkstown, the estimated cost of stormwater runoff projects was $4.1 million — an amount Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. called “astronomical” during a town meeting Monday night.

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The town can seek grants to help pay for projects, Phillips said.

Among the relatively small projects that can be done to help reduce discharges to the Antietam Creek are to replace black-topped swales into the creek with natural landscaping, and for people living along the creek to plant trees and other plants along its banks, Phillips said.

The swale projects would require engineering, he said.

Councilman Richard Gaver said Boy Scout Troop 23 might be able to help with manpower.

Phillips said the watershed alliance official was interested in having a meeting to educate homeowners about what they can do.

Boy Scout troop seeking town service projects

FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown’s Boy Scout Troop 23 is looking for service projects that will benefit the community, Councilman and Scoutmaster Richard Gaver told the mayor and council Monday night.

The Scouts will probably participate in a rubbish roundup later this month along Antietam Creek, and Rust-Oleum donated paint for the Scouts to paint signs on curbs above stormwater drains, Gaver said.

The signs will advise people either not to dump material down the drains or inform them the drains lead to the creek, he said.

The Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance is having its eighth annual rubbish roundup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 21 as volunteers, by boat or on foot, clean up trash in and around the creek, according to an event flier. Volunteers are meeting at the Funkstown American Legion for the event.

Anyone with service project ideas for the troop can leave a message for Gaver by calling Town Hall at 301-791-0948.

Vehicles broken into over Labor Day holiday

FUNKSTOWN — Some vehicles near the eastern side of Funkstown were broken into and items stolen during Labor Day weekend, Town Councilman John Phillips III said during a town meeting Monday night.

Phillips said he believed some of the vehicles were locked and others unlocked.

The break-ins occurred around the area of Beaver Creek Road, he said.

Columbia Gas crew nicks town water main

FUNKSTOWN — Columbia Gas was digging up a gas line on Cemetery Street in Funkstown last week, when the digging operation nicked a water main, town officials said.

The water main was repaired within about 30 minutes, Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said.

The incident occurred Thursday, she said.

More signs sought to warn of one-lane bridge

FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown officials still plan to ask the Washington County Highway Department about more signs to warn drivers heading east into town from East Oak Ridge Drive about the one-lane bridge that appears around a bend in the road.

Councilman Robert “Bobby” Rodgers Jr., who raised the issue at the town’s August meeting, said rumble strips might help as well.

Councilman John Phillips III said neighbors might complain about the noise caused by vehicles going over rumble strips.

Repaired stormwater drain already filled with silt

FUNKSTOWN — A stormwater drain the town recently had fixed has already filled up with silt, Councilman John Phillips III said.

The drain, at South Westside Avenue and Cemetery Street, needs to be flushed out so it can be determined whether a pipe is broken and needs to be repaired, Phillips said.

The pipe runs to the Antietam Creek, he said a town meeting Monday night.

Council amends wastewater plant contract

FUNKSTOWN — The Funkstown Town Council voted 4-0 on Monday night to amend its contract with its new wastewater treatment plant operator.

The addendum states that if the operator, Gregory L. Smith, notifies the town that equipment is in bad shape and needs replacing, that the town will replace it, Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said.

Assistant Mayor Sharon Chirgott and Councilman Luke Barnette were absent from the meeting.

Town Halloween parade set for Oct. 24

FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown’s Halloween parade will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, town officials said Monday night.

Town officials scheduled the parade so it wouldn’t conflict with the Alsatia Mummers Parade, which is Oct. 26.

The town will have trick-or-treating on Oct. 25, officials said.

Bureau gives $1,000 to promote battle event

FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau donated $1,000 this year to help the town advertise the Battle of Funkstown re-enactment in July.

The bureau has helped the town before, but this was the first time it donated money to help advertise the event, including getting billboards to help spread the word, Crampton said after a town meeting Monday night.

— Julie E. Greene

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