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Monthly Town Meeting - March 2002

At the March 4th Town Meeting, new water and sewer rates were approved. The new rates will effect only large volume users. This is being done to encourage more water conservation. There will be no increase in the water and sewer rates for average households (users consuming 1,000,000 gallons or less per quarter). For consumers using over 1,000,000 gallons per quarter the rate will increase by 20%. The rate was $5.00 per 1000 gal. for each water and sewer. The new rate will be $6.00 per 1000 gal. for each water and sewer. When the consumption exceeds 2,000,000 gallons per quarter that rate increases another 20%. The old rate was $6.00 per 1000 gal. for each water and sewer. The new rate will be $7.00 per 1000 gal. for each water and sewer.

Also at the March 4th meeting, Pat Boyle, President of the Council, informed the other Commissioners that he had seen Rick Weldon, Frederick County Commissioner, who had visited Emmitsburg’s February meeting. Mr. Weldon, who had attended in order to promote communication between county and local governments, commented on how well organized the meeting was as compared to other town meetings.

The Streets Department has placed 15 mph signs in Emmit Gardens and North Gate so that all subdivisions have standardized speeds.

Mayor Carr gave the Wastewater and Water Report. He commented that the town has received only one bid so far on the reserve pump for the sewage pump station. It was also reported that warm water in the lagoon has presented algae problem and different enzymes were being tried to clear up the problem. Work has begun to prepare the Town’s swimming pool for the summer. Stating that he was "very frustrated about the water plant," Mayor Carr said that the water treatment plant is not any closer to becoming operational. The current contract will default in May if the treatment plant is still not running.

The Parks Committee has stated that there is a serious problem with residents using the dumpsters behind the Community Center for personal trash. These dumpsters are not to be used in this capacity. A solution to this problem is being addressed.

An ordinance 02-05 was approved 5-0 to amend Title 17. This will allow new and used auto sales and service in Highway Service Districts only with the Board of Appeals approval. Highway Service Districts include the East End of Emmitsburg and both sides of U.S. 15.

At the request of the Little League, batting cages will be placed near the bathrooms behind the right field Major League field in Memorial Park.

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