Emmitsburg Town Council voted unanimously
for a nine-month moratorium on the
installation of communication towers
within the town limits.
Manager David Haller proposed the vote,
based on a similar action taken by
Frederick County, he said. In May 1999,
the Board of County Commissioners approved
a six-month moratorium on the construction
of new communications towers to enable
county officials to study the potential
impact and propose legislation. In
November 1999, the BOCC passed an
ordinance regulating the construction of
said Emmitsburg does not have an ordinance
regulating the construction of
communication towers. He said he wanted to
allow time for the town attorney and the
town’s Planning and Zoning Commission to
review existing federal laws and county
legislation on the issue.
William Carr said that at least two
companies had indicated interest in
constructing towers in the Emmitsburg
area. He declined to identify them.
must connect to both water and sewer
Emmitsburg town commissioners voted 4-0
for a text amendment requiring that all
future users of the Emmitsburg water or
sewer system must be connected to both.
some residences that are not annexed to
the town and are connected to the sewer
system have their own wells for water.
sewer use is billed by the amount of water
used, this has created a billing problem
for the town. Sewer billing is based on
water use, which is readily determined by
meters. Those households with only sewer
service are billed with a flat rate that
assumes they use 6,000 gallons of water
charging them for 6,000 gallons,"
Commissioner James Hoover said Tuesday.
"We don't know that they're actually
dumping 6,000 gallons in the system or
100,000 gallons in the system. We don't
know if they're costing us money or if
they town's billing them for more than
they're using." Raising rates was not
fees for school taps reduced
an effort to attract more schools to the
town, the Emmitsburg council voted 3-1 to
give both public and private schools a 70
percent discount on their water tap fees.
Manager David Haller based the ordinance
on a county ordinance that provides a
James Hoover dissented, saying that he
believed private schools are businesses
and should be excluded from the motion.
that are paying toward our tax base are
subsidizing those individuals," he
said Tuesday. Hoover noted that many
students at private schools come from
just doesn't seem fair that the outside
community is going to come in and not pay
toward our tax base, and our existing
residents are going to pay that tax base
for that water system."
Emmitsburg town council approved a $500
contribution to the Emmitsburg Endowment
Fund, a project of the Emmitsburg
Business and Professional Association.
by the Community Foundation of Frederick,
the fund will endow college scholarships
for Emmitsburg high school students and
will help youth programs in Emmitsburg.
town's donation joins $1,000 from the
EBPA's general membership and several $500
contributions from other members.
Briggs, president of the EBPA, said
Tuesday, "We are extremely pleased
that the town is again, as it has done so
many times in the past, supporting the
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