Tare E. Buck
(5/12) Town leaders will consider tightening the dog
ordinance Tuesday, following a brief discussion on the issue this week.
The commissioners agreed Tuesday night that a more
stringent regulation is required, which could guarantee a dog owner must keep
the animal on a leash and clean up its feces or face municipal fines.
The change comes after complaints from several town
residents that dogs are running free without their owners' picking up after
them at Orchard Hills.
A new ordinance, which was not presented to the public,
has been drafted, and will be reviewed by Frederick County Animal Control for
applicability before it's presented again next week.
In other business, the town refused two bids received
for a sewage system infrastructure and improvement project on Shipley Avenue.
The town had budgeted about $60,000 for the work, but the lowest bid received
was for $85,000.
Town Commissioner Glenn Muth wondered if the budgeted
funds could carry over as revenue, or even partial revenue, in the fiscal 2005
budget now under consideration. He said that if that was the case, the savings
could be used to offset proposed increases in the town's water and sewer rate,
set to jump from $2.25 per 1.,000 gallons of water and $3.75 per 1,000 gallons
of sewage treated to $4.15 per 1,000 gallons of water and $6.35 per 1,000
gallons of sewage treated.
Town Clerk Richard May said he was uncertain if the
project's savings could be transferred from the capital budget into the revenue
portion of the water and sewer fund.
Commissioner Ron Terpko suggested, if the move is
feasible, that the $60,000 could be split, with $30,000 remaining in the
capital budget as a buffer against further spending. He said the new sewage
rate could, as a result, be lowered from the proposed $6.35 per 1,000 gallons
to $6.15 per 1,000 gallons.
Mr. May said he would check into the matter, and that
the funds could encumbered in some way that would prevent the potential
As for the Shipley Avenue work, the town will most
likely seek to include the project as part of a larger, $1.1 million sewage
infrastructure and improvement project budgeted for 2005. It is the consensus
of the commissioners that the project maybe cheaper if included as part of the
The commissioners also agreed to amend a contract with
its lawn mower, Mountainside Farm, which is seeking a 5 per-cent surcharge to
offset rapidly rising gasoline prices. The commissioners agreed to add the 5
percent beginning July 1.
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