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May 15, 1916

Burgess and Commissioners meet at regular session following bills presented past and ordered paid.

Bill of Emmitsburg, electric company $38

Bill of Frailey Brother for iron plate-nine dollars

Clerk read letters from the Health Board in regards to sanitary conditions of some places in Emmitsburg board promise to act on these assessments at wants no further business removed to adjourn.

April 4, 1916

Burgess and Commissioners met at special session. On motion we hire and Mr. Friozell to remove garbage and the Commissioners agreed to pay him two dollars a week saying is to be put into operation or April 18, 1916 and he is to remove all garbage once each week in summer, and each month during the winter. Motion carried.

April 11, 1916

Burgess and Commissioners meet at regular session. The Clark was authorized to publish notice and weekly Chronicle for nominations to be held on Thursday evening at eight o'clock to nominate a commissioner for term or three years, and the Burgess for one year.

May 8, 1916.

The Burgess and Commissioners met at Fireman's hall at 8 p.m. to organize the following were proposed an elected on motion. Mr. William Morrison to be elected president of the Board for one-year motion carried. On motion, Mr. Moser, to be appointed secretary for term of one year. Motion carried. On motion, Mr. William Morrison be elected treasurer for term are one-year. Motion carried. Motion was made that Mr. Isaac Hahn the appointed constable for term of one-year for the sum of $25 per month motion carried. On motion, Mr. Rosensteel, be appointed street commissioner for term of one-year motion carried. On motion, Mr. Joseph Myers be appointed tax collector for the term of one-year motion carried. Motion was made that the Burgess and Commissioners pay Mr. James Elder, $30 per year for room for jail. Motion carried. Motion was made that Frizzel to remove all garbage at two dollars per week, seem to be removed once each week during the summer months, and once each month during winter months, motion carried. No further business meeting adjourned.

May 15, 1916.

Special meeting of Board of Commissioners, Fireman's hall 8 p.m.. Meeting called to order by Burgess J. Stuart Annan. Mrs. Cordoc appointed chairman of the committee to solicit funds for oiling in the streets. Moved and recorded the manner of oiling The streets and the grade of oil to be used be left to the Burgess and the Commissioners. Moved and seconded that we purchased a stone for grading the streets from Mr. Rodney. Motion carried moved and seconded that the president of the Board looked after the backs of the doors at Fireman's hall. Also the property of Mrs. John Agnew motion carried. No further business meeting adjourned.

June 13, 1916

Regular meeting of Burgess and Commissioners. All members being president. There was no business of interest transacted.

July 11, 1916

Regular meeting of Burgess and Commissioners. The following bills were ordered paid.

Seger & Co. License tags for dogs, $3.07.
E. Moser, postage and stationary $1.15.
Charles Motter constable for July 4, $1.15

Nothing more claiming attention at this meeting. Board adjourned.

August 11, 1916

Regulare meeting a Burgess and Commissioners. The following bills were ordered paid.

John Meutzer - work on streets- $2.52.
John Hospilhorn - work on streets - $2.01.
Lennerman - drugs -$.50
New Slagle garage - automobile to Frederick, five dollars
US asphalt company-oil for street-$4.07.
J. Stuart Annan-telephone call-$.41.

Board adjourned.

September 5, 1916

Special meeting a Burgess and Commissioners for the purpose of drafting an ordinance for the purpose of issuing bonds for funds to improve Frederick Street in connection with the state roadwork on that street.

The Burgess was ordered to write the ordinance, & saying that Raider meeting September 12, 1916, for passage or rejection. Nothing more claiming attention meeting adjourned.

September 12, 1916

Regular meeting, a Burgess and Commissioners. Ordinance for the purpose of having a bond issued, approved nothing more claiming the attention of the Board meeting adjourned.

October 3, 1916

Special meeting of the Burgess and Commissioners. Mr. C J Zacharias appeared before the Board and certified to correctness of election returns of elections held on September 25, 1916 for bond issue. The following vote were cast 81 for bond issue 21 against bond issue. Nothing more claiming the attention at of this meeting the Board adjourned.

October 10, 1916

Regular meeting of the board of Commissioners met at Fireman's hall. All members present moved and seconded Albert Adelsburger be appointed tax collector for year 1916 Motion carried. Moved and seconded Bill, a Joseph Long for $5.40. The pay. Nothing more claiming attention of this meeting. Board adjourned.

November 14, 1916

Regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners met at Fireman's hall. Moved and seconded the following bills be ordered paid.

Bill of hotel Moudorff- sandwiches and coffee-$1.30.
Bernard peters-work on street-$1.78.
P. Ogle-hauling stone and oil-$26
Joseph Eyler-special police duty, October 13, 1916 $1.50.
Harry Eyler-special police duty, October 31, 1916 $1.50.
Robert Eyler-special police duty, October 31. 1916 $1.50
William Agnew-special police duty, October 31, 1916 $1.50
Albert Adelsburger special police duty-October 31, 1916-$1.50.
Chronicle office-printing-$27.58.

There being nothing more claiming the attention of this meeting. Board adjourned.

December 12, 1916

Regular meeting of board of Commissioners met at Fireman's hall period All members present. Bill of John Meutzer for work on street $5.32 ordered paid. There being nothing more claiming the attention of this Board meeting adjourned.

January 9, 1917.

Regular meeting of Board of Commissioners, met at Fireman's hall. All members present. Moved and seconded Bill Boyle Brothers of $40.61. The pay motion carried there being nothing more claiming attention of this meeting the Board adjourned.

January 6, 1917.

Special meeting of the Board of Commissioners met at the jail room, all members present.

Mr. B M Kuschmen manager Emmitsburg electric company was called in at this meeting to explain why the town was not been lighted better. It seemed to be an oversight on the part of the management that streets were not been lighted better. Is now generally understood that any member of the Board of Commissioners have the right to order the lights to be lighted when streets are dark during the moonlight period. There being nothing more claiming attention of this meeting the Board adjourned.

February 13, 1917

Regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners met in jail room. All members present. Mr. Rowe met with aboard, and gave them the list of stock holders entitled to pay taxes on their stock to the Corporation. Bill of H. M Ashbaugh of $1643 ordered paid. There being nothing more claiming the attention of this meeting adjourned.

March 13, 1917

Regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners met at jail room all members present.

Upon motion and seconded that the $2500 bond issue for street improvements should be issued in the following denominations. $1000 in bonds and $50 each, and $1500 in bonds of $100 each. The rate of interest as fixed by the Board is to be 5%, to be paid semiannually on October 1 and April 1 of each year. Bonds to mature in 20 years. The clerk was ordered to get species of bonds of denominations, as stated as soon as possible.

Bill on DF Roddy for crushed stone ordered paid there being nothing more claiming the attention of this meeting in adjourned.

April 2, 1917

Special meeting of the Board of Commissioners met at jail room, all members present. The Burgess supported John S. Agnew for ensuing year. The appointment was approved by the Commissioners. The clerk was instructed to publish in the weekly Chronicle notice of registration to held at Fireman's hall Tuesday, April 17, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. the same to be publish in the issue of April 7, 1917

April 17, 1917

Special meeting of the Board of Commissioners met in jail room. I are a President aboard, the clerk was ordered to have notice published in the weekly Chronicle of this is his meeting to be held in Fireman's hall on Thursday evening, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. for the purpose of nominations of a Burgess to serve for one-year and Commissioners to serve for three years.

April 24, 1917

Special meeting of the Board of Commissioners met at jail room. The following bills were passed and ordered paid.

William Morrison-Treasurer and Commissioner-$25
J. Stewart Annan-Burgess - $25
H. E. Harner Commissioner - $15.
J. Rosensteel-Commissioner - $15
E. Moser-Clerk $15
Albert Adelsburger-tax collector- $25

Nothing more claiming attention of this Board meeting adjourned.

May 9, 1917

Regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners met in jail room. All members present. No business of importance meeting adjourned.

May 15, 1917

Special meeting of the Bard of Commissioners met in jail room. Meeting called to order by J. Stewart Annan Burgess. Ed Moser was made temporary secretary. Moved and seconded William Morrison to be made President aboard for one-year. And Moser was made clerk to Burgess and Commissioner for one-year. William Morrison, be made Treasurer for one-year. Motion carried Rosensteel to be made street Commissioner for one-year motion carried Albert Adelsburger be made tax collector for one-year motion carried. Albert Adelsburge being hereby authorized and empowered to collect all taxes uncollected by former tax collector Joseph Myers for the year 1914 and 1915. The Board of Commissioners will be at jail room on Tuesday evening. May 22 to receive applications for town constable for the ensuing year. Motion carried. There being no other business of importance meeting adjourned.

May 22, 1917

Special meeting of Burgess and the Commissioners met in jail room to receive applications for town policeman. Mr. Victor Rowe was appointed policeman for ensuing year add a sour your $25 per month, and he is also to look after all street crossings and alleyways of town and keep same in good condition.

May 29, 1917

Regular meeting of Burgess and Commissioners in jail room. All members being present. Moved and seconded we except the Bill for grading Frederick street as presented by the State Road commission. Moved and seconded, we employ Mr. Vincent Sebold as attorney for the Corporation of Emmitsburg at a salary of $20 per year and the clerk to give him notice of his appointment in writing motion carried. Moved and seconded the clerk correspond with firms having crushed stone for sale and ascertain the cost per ton.

June 7, 1917

Burgess and Commissioners met in jail or for the purpose to passed an ordinance to pave Frederick street from public square to corporate limits of Emmitsburg. Motion carried.

June 13, 1917

Burgess and Commissioners met in Fireman's hall for the purpose of adjusting taxes. Charles Gillian came before the Board for the purpose of having as taxes adjusted. Thomas Geliwicks came before the Board to have as taxes adjusted.

June 28, 1917.

Special meeting of Brugess and Commissioners met in special session for the purpose of passing an ordinance granting the state road commissioner to write to construct State Road on streets herein maintaining. Frederick Street, from the corporate limits to Fountain Square. Gettysburg Street from corporate limits to Fountain Square in E. Main St. From corporate limits to Fountain Square motion past.

July 3, 1917.

It was decided to set the curb back 2 ft. again at the alley, where it intersects with Frederick at the property of the Emmitsburg motorcar company to the corporate limits on said street. Moved and seconded that the coupons of the bonds for the streets and permits be made payable at the banking house on Annan Horner Company.

July 12, 1917.

Moved and seconded to Bauer $200 on the bond issue for the purpose to defraying the expenses progress and Commissioners putting in the curb and gutter on Frederick Street.

Whereas the state road commissioner of Maryland has agreed to concrete 16 ft. of the bed of Frederick Street and Gettysburg Street, and also considering in preparing to concrete 16 ft. at East Main St. To connect up with the state road constructed by the said state road commissioner, which said concreting on said streets by said state road is conditioned by the town of Emmitsburg, completing the concreting on said street from curb to curb. And whereas, by the act of the assembling 1908. Chapter 44, the town was authorized to issue bonds, which was confirmed by a vote authorized by said act to an amount not exceeding $2500.

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the Burgess and Commissioners of the Emmitsburg issue said Bond. Sighing J. Stewart Annan, Burgess

October 17, 1917.

Ordinance passed to pay the public Square, as set out in the plot and blueprints of the state road commissioner. Also Gettysburg Street from public Square to ? Street, and Rhodes alley as set out in the plot and blueprints of said road commissioner.

Moved and seconded a notice be served on the Emmitsburg generating company. To put down a concrete sidewalk in front of their property on Frederick Street.

Many infrequent complaints have been made to the Commissioners of Emmitsburg by a citizen of said town of the back conditions other footway or pavement in the front of the lot of ground of the Emmitsburg generating company on Frederick Street. When investigating the Board of Commissioners found that the said complaints or well-founded and that the footway or pavement in front of the said Emmitsburg generating company is a very bad condition, and that a new sidewalk is necessary for the convenience of the public. Notice is hereby given Emmitsburg generating company to construct a new concrete pavement. Not less than by the wide in front of its lot on Frederick Street. On the gray and levels established by the Board of Commissioners from the south end of the payment of Frank Biehl property on said street to the corporate limits on said town on said Frederick Street.

Jan 8, 1918.

Moved and seconded that Vincent Sebold attorney for the town of Emmitsburg draft of Bill and had same past by the session of the Legislature for 1918. To empower the Burgess and Commissioners to have the right to issue another bond. Not to exceed $7,500.

May 22, 1918.

William Morris said, elected president of Board of Commissioners, Harry Harner and J. Rosensteel Street Commissioners for one year, William Morrison treasurer for one year and Harry Ashbaugh clerk for one year.

June 4, 1918.

Special meeting was held at Firemanís hall. Mr. Albert Adelsbugh appointed town constable for one year. Mr. Vincent Seabold Council for one year, $20 a year. Commissioners to receive $15 a year. Treasury to receive $10 a year Burgess to receive $25 a year. Clerk to receive $15 a year.

November 16, 1918

A special meeting held at H.C. Harner store with all members present. The object of the meeting was to advertise for a doctor, age 30 to 50 years, to come to Emmitsburg to set up practice be placed in the Baltimore Sun, the Philadelphia at North American, and Medical Journal newspapers.

May 19, 1919.

J. Stewart Annan sworn in as Burgess, Oscar Frailey as commissioner.

July 19, 1920.

Motion past to hold referendum on issuing a bond for use in improving roads and Emmitsburg. Referendum to be held July 30, 1920.

May 10, 1921.

Oscar Frailey elected secretary, Mr. Morrison appointed treasurer of Board.

May 24, 1921.

Albert Adelsburger was appointed constable. His salary will be based upon the number of arrest he makes. Peter Burkett was appointed tax collector at $35 year.

January 14, 1922 special meeting.

Moved and seconded to combined to current notes in Annan Horner Bank, one note for $500, and the other $795, into one note.

March 11, 1922.

Peter Burkettís bill as tax collector, 35 hours.
Henry Stokes-Burgess, $25
Commissioners- $45
William Morrison, treasurer-$10
Oscar Frailey, secretary-$10.

May 9, 1922.

Harry Stokes elected Burgess, J. Lewis Rhodes commissioner, for three years at regular election held May 1, 1922. William Morrison elected president of Board.

June 13, 1922.

Ordinance 153 granting West Main St.tTo the state of Maryland approved.

July 11, 1922.

Mrs. A Annan appeared before Board reporting interview with Governor that contract for concreting West Main St., have been awarded too Baster Long & Co. And would be built 18 ft.-wide, providing corporation would give $1000 as town share for the additional width.

August 8, 1922.

Ordinance number 155 past prohibiting parking of automobiles, but Eastside of Gettysburg Street from Square to Green street. Also on Frederick Street, within 200 ft. of the Square.

May 16, 1923.

Henry Stokes elected Burgess. William Morrison elected commissioner for three years. William Morrison elected chairman of the Board. Joseph Eyler appointed constable. Ed Ohler was appointed treasurer. William Morrison appointed Street superintendent.

June 12, 1923.

Ordinance passed prohibiting the haling of dead animals through the streets of the Corporation of Emmitsburg, unless covered.

November 15, 1923

Town notified that speed amid signs will soon be posted. 35 mph will be the limit and open country, 20 mph, and not thickly populated parts of the country and 15 mph in thickly settled parts of cities, towns and villages.