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Monthly Town Meeting - April 2001

At the March 5 town meeting, the commissioners were advised of a 43% cost increase on the renovation of the Community Center. Town Manager David Haller said that the increase resulted from a more detailed study of the building which uncovered issues not addressed in the first study.

Approximately $1.4 million will be needed to correct foundation problems, stormwater management, and roof repairs raising the total projected cost to $4.2 million. The increase will add $70,000 to the town’s projected cost of $200,000. The commissioners voted 4-0 to accept the changes proposed by the county for renovating the building. Construction on the project is expected to begin in May 2002 and the building occupied by July 2003.

Water news:

Well #5, supplying water to the town, has recently passed the 12-hour-pump-down test. The well recovered sufficiently to provide 29 gallons of water per minute. In order to meet Maryland Department of the Environment standards, the well must undergo a 72-hour-pump-down. The recovery level is targeted at 20 gallons per minute which means, if met, the town will be able to offer 110 new water taps.

Water issues are also the focus of a meeting between the developers of the Pembroke housing development and the town attorney. Currently the building plan calls for 70 lots. Issues to be discussed are the assurance of adequate water pressure and volume for the site and guarantees regarding the installation of the water infrastructure.

Delinquent accounts to lose services:

The town manager reported that 126 residents had not paid their sewer, trash, and water bills as of March 1. Bills were issued January 3rd and were considered late on February 15. The commissioners authorized the staff to send out cut-off notices if not paid by March 9.

In other business the commissioners:

  • voted to extend the present trash collection contract at an increase of 4.8% over last year’s cost. The present vendor was commended for his performance in carrying out the job.
  • voted to cooperate with the Little League in a joint venture of bringing the Little League concession stand into compliance with the Department of Health regulations. They authorized $1,000 for purchase of new equipment for the stand. The concession stand is a major source of operating income for the Little League.

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