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Town, planner formalize update process

(2/1) The Emmitsburg Mayor and Commissioners formalized an update process with their planner that should improve communications between the town and the planner.

The town commissioners asked Planner Christopher Jakubiak to attend their Jan. 17 meeting to update them on his work. A lack of communications had left some of the commissioners uneasy about what their money was being spent on.

“I’m never sure how these requests are communicated,” said Board President Chris Staiger. Later, he added, “What we found happens is when we try to follow up on something, it’s hard to get information.”

Jakubiak provided the commissioners with an update on his work on the comprehensive plan, alternative road connection, sign ordinance and adequate public facilities ordinance. He also reminded the town that his contract calls for 20-30 hours a month on town business.

“The comprehensive plan is supposed to be his main effort,” Town Manager Dave Haller said. “That is why others may seem to fall by the wayside.”

Staiger agreed that the comprehensive plan should remain Jakubiak’s main focus. He asked if it would be possible for the commissioners to get a monthly progress report.

“That will keep us from getting wrong footed and perhaps a little frustrated,” Staiger said.

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