James Rada, Jr.
Emmitsburg News Journal
2010) Emmitsburg Community Day will be
starting later than usual this year. The
annual community celebration will still be on
Saturday, June 26, but the festivities won’t
be starting until 11:30 a.m. The games in
Community Park usually start at 10 a.m., but
bicyclists will be coming through town and
using the park as part the MS Bike Race.
"We need to have the
roads clear for bikers to get in and out,"
said Emmitsburg Councilwoman Denise Etris.
Another change to the
usual events of Community Day is that there
won’t be a parade through town. This is due to
the fact that the first block of South Seton
Avenue will most likely still be closed. The
road closure also stopped the town from having
the annual parade to open the Emmitsburg
Baseball and Softball Association season.
Pool opens on June 15
Community Pool will be opening on June 15, the
day after the last day of school. However,
swimming options may be limited for little
children. The town has closed the children’s
pool to put in a children’s splash park.
Since the park won’t
be open this season, the town council had
wanted to put a divider in the shallow end of
the adult pool to section off an area for
little children. Mayor James Hoover got the
idea from seeing the community pool in
However, Hoover has
received an e-mail from the Frederick County
Health Department, which regulates pool
operation based on health issues.
"The health department
most likely will not approve a divider for the
pool," Hoover said.
He told the town
council that he is trying to find out more
information, particularly why Braddock
Heights’ pool can have a divider and
Emmitsburg’s pool can’t.
During the previous
nine months of offering recycling in
Emmitsburg, the town’s tonnage of waste going
into the county landfill has actually
Town Manager Dave
Haller compared the town’s waste tonnage for
the first nine months of recycling versus the
last nine months before recycling was
instituted in the town. The tonnage increased
from 713 tons to 718 tons or around 7 percent.
While Haller said he
doesn’t know why the tonnage increased, he did
say, "You have to look at what would it have
been without recycling."
However, the town has
managed to close a budget deficit in the trash
collection budget by going to only a single
trash pick-up each week. Prior to making the
change, the budget ran a deficit of around
$30,000 a year. Now the budget is breaking
Farmers market opens
The Emmitsburg Farmers
Market is set to open at 3 p.m. on Friday,
June 16 in the vacant lot on South Seton
Avenue next to the former Emmitsburg Community
Ambulance building. The market will run from 3
p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each Friday through
Ten vendors will be
offering vegetables, beef, eggs, fruit, bird
houses, honey and more.
This year the market
also had the help of the Mount St. Mary’s
Freshmen Seminar class to help increase the
market’s visibility in the community. The
students developed methods to promote
connections with the university, raise funds
and advertise the market.
Walls hired as zoning
Emmitsburg has hired
Mark Walls as the town’s new zoning
technician. The position is a 20 hour per week
position without benefits. Walls previously
worked for 20 years in Frederick City’s
planning and zoning department. The salary for
the position is $20,217 per year.
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