(1/5) Though it's the middle of Emmitsburg's fiscal
year, the changing of the calendar is an opportunity for
James Hoover to look ahead at what he would like to do over the next 12
"I believe these are reasonable goals that can be
accomplished this year, and I believe it can be accomplished in addition to the
regular things we do like street paving, sidewalks and new park equipment,"
In no particular order, Hoover said his goals were:
- To complete the design and bid process for the sewer
and water line project on Lincoln Avenue (Expected to be complete fall 2007).
- Complete the bandstand in Community Park (Expected
to be complete fall 2007).
- Design and build the first phase of the
walking/exercise trail in Community Park (Expected to be complete fall 2007).
- Host a community barbeque (Expected to be complete
- Complete the
and sign ordinance (Expected to be complete spring 2007).
- Design the upgrade to the sewer plan nutrient
removal level and do it with state money (Expected to be complete spring
- Install "Welcome to Emmitsburg" signs on East and
West Main Street (Expected to be complete spring 2007).
- Start a monthly television program to complement the
Mayor James Hoover Radio Program
(Expected to be complete fall 2007).
"This is what I'm focusing on," Hoover said. "This is
what Jim Hoover will be looking to do and putting in his budget to do."
While the barbeque might seem a bit frivolous, Hoover
sees it as a way for the community to bond.
"It's something fun that will allow the community to
socialize, and I think it can be done without costing the town anything,"
Hoover's goals seem in line with the direction the town
is already heading. For instance, the South Seton water and sewer upgrades are
already underway and the Lincoln Avenue project is a continuation of that work.
The commissioners have expressed a desire to begin
making needed sidewalk repairs. This multi-year project is expected to cost
around $225,000 over the next few years. The commissioners have already voted
to include $50,000 in the town budget that takes effect July 1.
Hoover said he believes that only the bandstand and the
walking/exercise trail could be affected by an overly tight budget.
However, this goal could tie in with
the trail project Mount St. Mary's and the town
have already discussed. The trail system would give students walking
access to town and an additional option to residents who want to expand their
exercise program beyond Community Park.
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