2010) Emmitsburg was awarded $45,000 of the
$88,000 in Program Open Space funds that the
State of Maryland set aside for Frederick
This amount will not
fund both the construction of the new splash
park at the town pool and the Community Park
exercise trail. The commissioners are
considering funding the splash park
construction and pushing back the Community
Park trail project, although the trail project
is a bit further along in the process.
The catch is that the
town will have to forward fund the splash park
project, most likely using its rainy day fund,
and then be reimbursed by the state.
For new projects, the
state won’t be approving any until 2012 and
then they will be funded on a first-come,
New playing field
During the June 21
meeting of the Emmitsburg Town Council, the
commissioners decided they would like to learn
whether creating a rectangular playing field
for town sports is feasible.
O’Donnell asked his fellow commissioners to
consider taking down the outfield fence around
the softball field next to the town office in
order to create a rectangular playing field
that can be used for soccer, football and
Though the town
maintains the field, the Frederick County
Board of Education owns the field. O’Donnell
read a letter from Ray Barnes, executive
director of facilities services for Frederick
County Public Schools, which granted
permission for the town to remove all fencing
around the field except for the backstop.
Town Manager Dave
Haller said that the project would likely cost
around $7,300. Mayor James Hoover suggested
that O’Donnell work with town staff to develop
a plan for undertaking the project and
apologizes for the town
O’Donnell apologized for "misserving the
community" during the June 7 town
commissioner’s meeting because of the way the
town handled notifying property owners during
closures of the alleys where the town water
line is being refurbished.
"I think we could have
done better," O’Donnell said.
Mayor James Hoover
pointed out that the road needed to be torn up
to the work on the water line, but O’Donnell
pointed out that the town could have done a
better job of notifying affected property
owners and planning better for the closures.
For instance, the road behind the PNC Bank on
East Main Street was closed on a Friday, which
closed the bank’s drive-thru lane on the
busiest day of the week for the bank.
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