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by TARA REILLY | June 28, 2002
tarar@herald-mail.com Hancock Town Manager Lou Close handed in his resignation on June 19, just after a meeting in which he argued with members of the Town Council and members of the Hancock Youth Center, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said Thursday. "I'm too old to put up with the hassle every day," Close said Thursday. "It's time to relax and enjoy the years that I have left. "My wife retired on Jan. 15, so it's time for me to retire. " The Berkeley County, W.Va., native said he's ready to "hang out" and relax with his wife, Carol, his two children and his four grandchildren.
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by TARA REILLY | December 16, 2003
tarar@herald-mail.com Hancock Town Manager Larry Logan claimed in a statement Monday that he was exercising free speech as a town citizen when he wrote a Jan. 25 letter that criticized a councilman running for mayor in the town's Jan. 28 election. Logan said in the letter that he would never work as a town manager for the councilman, Darwin Mills, if he were elected mayor. Logan's statement was submitted to the Hancock Ethics Commission during a hearing at Town Hall.
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by ASHLEY GORDON | February 4, 2003
John L. Kendall, Boonsboro's town manager, says he is enjoying the position he has held since October. "Boonsboro is a nice town with good people," Kendall said. He said he enjoys the challenge of his job, which he described as "maintaining the life cycle of Boonsboro. " Kendall said his job is to run the town during the business day, but he is on call 24 hours a day and must attend every meeting of the Town Council. "I never get bored," he said. He noted his responsibilities that range from water leaks on residential streets, to speeding, to juvenile delinquency.
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by TARA REILLY | September 4, 2002
tarar@herald-mail.com HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council swore in a Washington, D.C., native Tuesday night to replace Lou Close as town manager. Larry Logan, 54, took over the post on a part-time basis. Logan said he will work 25 hours a week for his six-month probationary period and might take on more hours after that. "We welcome Larry as part of our Hancock group," Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said before he swore in Logan. Murphy said the town had about 30 applicants for the job. Logan said he became interested in the position because he's lived in the town for eight years and it fit his schedule.
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By SCOTT BUTKI | February 11, 1999
HANCOCK - Hancock Town Councilman Darwin Mills has called for the resignation of Town Manager Louis O. Close over actions he took during last month's elections. However, Close and Mills differ over what it was that Close did to anger Mills. They agreed Wednesday that Mills accused Close of stepping over the lines of appropriate conduct in the days leading up to the Jan. 25 election. Close, though, said Mills' resignation demand stemmed from a letter to the editor published in The Herald-Mail about town issues and Close's vocal public response to an election flyer.
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by TARA REILLY | September 9, 2004
HANCOCK - A former Hancock town manager will again take on the duties while the Town Council searches for a permanent replacement for Larry Logan. The Town Council voted unanimously at Wednesday's meeting to appoint Lou Close as interim town manager. Logan gave notice of his resignation last month. He said he plans to travel with his wife, Donna. He had been town manager since September 2002. Close, a Berkeley Springs, W.Va., native, served as Hancock town manager from June 1994 through August 2002.
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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | June 14, 2005
shappell@herald-mail.com After operating in recent months with no police chief and a temporary town manager, the Hancock Town Council has filled both positions. At a special meeting Monday, the Hancock Town Council appointed Steven L. McCarty as chief of the Hancock Police Department and Daniel D. Smith, who had been a councilman, as the new town manager. McCarty is a retired Maryland State Police trooper who originally was hired to be a part-time officer in Hancock, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | May 7, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire has taken a job as town manager of Myersville in Frederick County. As town manager, he will direct the day-to-day business of the town, which is between Hagerstown and Frederick. The job will not conflict with Aleshire's duties as a Washington County Commissioner because the town manager job is not an elected position and he would not have to come before the Washington County Commissioners as part of that job, County Attorney John M. Martirano said.
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September 22, 2005
Mayor: Daniel A. Murphy, 301-678-6635 Town Council: Maurice "Rusty" Wheeler, 301-678-6055 Randy Pittman, 301-678-5396 Robert Anthony McCusker, 301-678-7345 One seat is vacant The Town Council meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Town Hall: 301-678-5622 Town manager: David Smith
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June 15, 2006
Mayor: Daniel A. Murphy, 301-678-6635 Town Council: - Maurice "Rusty" Wheeler, 301-678-6055 - Randy Pittman, 301-678-5396 - Robert Anthony McCusker, 301-678-7345 - Sinclair Hamilton, 301-678-5719 The Town Council meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Town Hall: 301-678-5622 Town manager: David Smith
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 11, 2013
Election requirements, how to break an election tie and firing a council member were among the issues raised this week as the Hancock Town Council discussed possible changes to the town charter. One election requirement, that council members running for mayor first resign their seats, came up in January's municipal election. Two councilmen, Nigel Dardar and Tim Smith resigned their seats to run against incumbent Mayor Daniel Murphy. That might not be the case in the future, at least for a person in Dardar's position, whose four-year council term was about to expire.
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May 29, 2012
Website designer presents information to town officials HANCOCK - Hancock town officials, who are considering developing a town website, heard a presentation from a website designer during the May 9 town council meeting. Dave Henneberger said he believes it is important to use attractive photographs for a website, like one he recently designed for the town of Smithsburg. Henneberger estimated it would cost the town between $2,500 and $3,000 to have a website. Town Manager David D. Smith said a website could be set up in such a way that town residents could pay town bills at the site.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 11, 2012
There would be no tax increases for residents and lower spending than the current fiscal year under a preliminary 2012-13 budget for the town of Hancock presented Wednesday night. However, Town Manager David Smith said there could be increases in fees for water and sewer service in the coming year. If the town's real estate and other taxes remain the same next year, it would be the 17th consecutive year, Smith told the mayor and the four-member Hancock Town Council. Water and sewer rates, billed quarterly, have not gone up for at least six years, Smith said.
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April 6, 2010
Residents asked to lobby against permanent highway funding cuts A proposal to make permanent cuts in state highway-user revenue to municipalities sparked feelings of desperation during a Boonsboro Town Council meeting Monday night. Cuts in state highway-user revenue have already hit local towns but Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said Monday night that the state Senate has passed a proposal to make the cuts permanent. The proposal is currently pending in the House of Delegates and Kauffman pleaded for anyone to lobby against the proposal.
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By HEATHER KEELS | July 9, 2009
HANCOCK -- The Hancock Town Council voted 3-0 Wednesday to authorize the town to enter into a lease agreement with Hoffman Joinery Inc., the company that agreed in March to be the first tenant in the former Fleetwood Travel Trailers building. If Hoffman Joinery owner Chris Hoffman agrees to the terms of the lease, his company could be operating out of the Fleetwood building by Aug. 1, Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said. The company, which makes high-end cabinets, is moving to the Fleetwood building from its current Main Street location to allow for expansion, Murphy said.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | May 7, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire has taken a job as town manager of Myersville in Frederick County. As town manager, he will direct the day-to-day business of the town, which is between Hagerstown and Frederick. The job will not conflict with Aleshire's duties as a Washington County Commissioner because the town manager job is not an elected position and he would not have to come before the Washington County Commissioners as part of that job, County Attorney John M. Martirano said.
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By DAN DEARTH | May 6, 2008
BOONSBORO - Federal officials are loaning the Town of Boonsboro and Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home Inc. more than $8 million to help upgrade their wastewater treatment facilities. On Monday, Marlene Elliott Brown, state director of rural development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, presented a check to Boonsboro and Fahrney-Keedy officials for $9.32 million. Among the other dignitaries at the ceremony on the Fahrney-Keedy grounds were U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | February 23, 2008
BOONSBORO -- When Debra Smith arrived at work Friday about 7:45 a.m. she saw flames spreading from a nearby building toward Boonsboro's Town Hall. Smith, the town manager, said she and a town clerk immediately started moving records and historical documents from the building. "We were just grabbing everything we could," she said. The pair quickly was joined by town residents who offered help to fill vehicles with the documents, filing cabinets, computers and boxes of other items.
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By DAVE McMILLION | January 31, 2008
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherdstown may be a small town, but there's a lot of thinking going on. So much so, that town officials have discussed making the mayor's job a full-time paid position or creating some sort of full-time executive position. Mayor Lance Dom discussed the idea during the Jan. 22 town council meeting. Dom said he thinks a full-time mayor position or other type of paid position is needed to examine long-range issues. One of the issues Dom said he has been studying recently is how the town's water rates are structured.
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