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Emmitsburg Area News Brief

(1/5) Board approves sign funding

Emmitsburg will soon see new "Welcome" signs erected that will include the community’s recently approved founding date.

The town Board of Commissioners approved at their January 4 meeting the proposed expenditure of $2,500 for the new signs.

The signs will include "Established in 1785," a date approved by the board at their December 6 meeting.

Recognition of 1785 as the founding date of Emmitsburg culminated a decade of sometime contentious debate that was resolved only by the recognition of the town’s 1825 date of incorporation.

Mayor Donald N. Briggs said that establishing a founding date and getting the signs installed was one of the "targets" being considered to improve the community’s historical attributes in light of the approaching 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Use of Mount funds approved

Three thousand dollars donated to the Town of Emmitsburg by Mount Saint Mary’s University will go toward enhancing the Town Square.

Mount President Thomas H. Powell presented the donation to the town at the Board of Commissioners December 6 meeting.

The board voted at their January 6 meeting to ear-marked the money for Town Square improvement usage.

Mayor Donald N. Briggs stated that the money would help pay to replace the 1970s era trash receptacles and benches, among other improvements.

Commissioner Timothy O’Donnell said he would like to see the improvements include a bicycle rack.

Commissioner Clifford L. Sweeney suggested that local non-profits may be interested in "purchasing" space on the new trash containers as a place to locate their organizational logos.

Radio equipment relocation approved

The Emmitsburg Board of Commissioners approved at their January 6 meeting the relocation of the municipal radio repeater and tower.

The equipment is presently located on private property owned by a veterinary clinic, who has asked the town to relocate the tower.

Town Manager David Haller said arrangements have been made to relocate the tower on the Vigilant Hose Company firehouse property.

The commissioners awarded the bid for their work at their January 6 meeting to Pine Hill Electronics, LLC in the amount of $6,805.

Half of the funding for the move will be paid for out of the town’s budgetary reserve, with the other half coming from the sewer and water enterprise funds.

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