borrow $220,000 to renovate town offices
Town Council members unanimously
agreed to borrow $220,000 to renovate town
offices on the third floor of the
Emmitsburg Community Center.
The resolution was
one of four items passed on Monday: two
dealt with money and two with water
The funding for
the renovations would come from a 20-year
loan at an interest rate of not more than
acquiring the loan by participating in the
Local Government Infrastructure Financing
Program administered by the Community
Development Administration, an agency in
the Division of Development Finance of the
Maryland Department of Housing and
Town Manager David
Haller estimated the town's cost would be
$1,402 per month for the 20-year lease.
Haller said the
next step would be having the bond issued
through the state. He said town officials
would send a final letter of commitment to
the state. The bond issue should close in
April, and the renovations are scheduled
to start in May.
Other items passed
by town council members this week include
a budget amendment that frees up $95,000
in the capital improvement projects fund.
The money had originally been set aside
for the purchase of town equipment,
including a grinder for the pump station,
a mower for the parks, a backhoe and a
pickup truck. These purchases, however,
were eventually made using savings from
last year, Mayor William Carr said.
clarifying the procedure for the purchase
and installation of water meters also was
passed. Town officials now must approve
all water meters prior to purchase by the
applicant. Installation must be performed
by the applicant and inspected and
approved by the town. The town will then
maintain the meters.
ordinance passed Monday set the water
connection fee at $3,000 per residential
unit for new service. Payment must be made
at the time of the building permit
application. Applicants for service in
nonresidential buildings must consult the
water and sewer service allocation chart
to determine their connection charge.
discussed a potential ordinance that would
impose restrictions on signs in the
village zone district, which includes
roughly all of Main Street, Seton Avenue
from Willow Rill to the American Legion,
School Street and Creekside Drive.
planning commission had recommended laws
on signs be changed to preserve the
historic character of the district.
Proposals included restricting the
placement, lighting and size of signs, and
limiting signs to no more than 30 inches
long by 24 inches high.
the council send a memo to the planning
and zoning commission discussing concerns
over current commercial signs that might
be covered by a grandfather clause.
Emmitsburg fire chief inducted into Hall
Hose Co. Chief E. Eugene Myers was totally
surprised Saturday when he was given the
highest honor from the fire company's
Myers was inducted
in the Hollinger-Rogers Hall of Fame
during Vigilant's annual banquet.
"I had no
idea it was coming," he said Tuesday.
It's not the first
honor given to Myers for his firefighting
efforts. Last April, Myers was inducted
into the Frederick County Volunteer Fire
and Rescue Association Hall of Fame. The
tribute to him then read, "It is also
said of Mr. Myers that he lived and
breathed nothing other than the Vigilant
Indeed, Myers has
had a long and fruitful association with
the fire company. He suggested innovations
ahead of their time, such as multi-agency
mock disaster training drills, the use of
a large-diameter supply hose and purchase
of a ladder truck. These implementations
are now considered standard in fire
during his decade as chief exemplifies the
qualities needed for the Hollinger-Rogers
Hall of Fame.
encompasses those individuals within the
fire company that throughout the years
have given exemplary service to the fire
company above and beyond what we would
normally expect the volunteer to do,"
said Tim Clarke, president of the company.
Clarke said Myers'
ideas were not always readily accepted.
The reach of the former trucks stopped at
the second-story, Clarke explained. When
Myers suggested buying the ladder truck,
"People just said to him, 'It's
crazy; we don't need it. We've got the old
style,'" Clarke said.
Myers was also
instrumental in bringing the U.S. Fire
Administration and the National Fire
Academy to Emmitsburg. He made two trips
to Washington, D.C., to argue the merits
of Emmitsburg after reading in The Wall
Street Journal that the academy was
looking for a home. The National Fire
Academy opened on South Seton Avenue in
Myers is a pillar
not only of the Vigilant Hose Co. but also
of the town of Emmitsburg. He was born off
Federal Avenue in 1927, and during his
lifetime has served the town as mayor,
town commissioner and chairman of the
planning and zoning commission. Myers
owned the Myers Radio & TV Radio Shack
Store on East Main Street until he retired
late in 1999.
"It's been a
great pleasure," Myers said of his
tenure with the company. "When you
can help your fellow man that way and a
life and property that way, it's really
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