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 Monthly Town Meeting - August 2000

At the August town meeting town officials voted to distribute $26,000 to support local projects and activities. Over a three-year period $15,000 will be donated to the Vigilant Hose Company for help in paying for the new pumper/tanker fire truck acquired this spring. Another $5,000 was donated to the Mother Seton School building fund and $5,000 was donated to the Emmitsburg Elementary School for specific needs as determined by the school such as new books and computers. The commissioners also voted to donate $1,000 to the Emmitsburg Lions Club for fireworks at the annual Community Day celebration held in July.

After listening to the mixed reactions of residents along Federal Avenue regarding four new marked parking spaces on the street, the commissioners voted to remove the marked parking spots and place "no parking" signs 15 feet from the intersection. Also, in an effort to increase visibility at the intersection of DePaul Street and Federal Avenue, the town has removed a large tree stump that had been standing at the corner for years..

The commissioners accepted Brian Hoover’s offer, received in a letter to the council, to refurbish the community bulletin board adjacent to the town office as a club project. Brian is a member of the Rocky Ridge 4-H club.

In other business:

  • Sara Miller, an alternate to the town planning commission, was appointed a regular member and Glen Blanchard and Deborah Gonyea were named to the Streets Committee.
  • a town ordinance on keeping grass and weeds trimmed was clarified to denote that a height of 18 inches or more would bring a fine of $75 per day for the landowner.

Other town news:

  • At the August 21 workshop, commissioners voted to accept the contract from Johnston Construction Company of Dover, PA, for Emmitsburg’s new water purification plant It is expected work will begin when construction papers are signed. Funds to support this project have been made available from the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Community Development Block Grant.
  • Emmitsburg’s resident deputy, Deputy Willie Ollie of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, has been promoted to the rank of detective and has been reassigned to the Frederick office. Deputy Ollie was recently recognized at the annual Victim Services Awards ceremony for his "positive impact on crime victims and their families."  The new resident deputy for Emmitsburg is Deputy First Class Mark Cullember.

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