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Published by                                  The Catoctin Banner Newspaper                                  February 2018             Page 5
             F r o m  the  M a y o r                                                     F r o m  the  M a y o r
                      Emmitsburg                  Burgess meeting. The main topic of                Thurmont                 (

                        Mayor Don Briggs          discussion was updating all those who           Mayor John Kinnaird        of-Thurmont-390226201124250/)
                                                                                                                             or my page (https://www.facebook.
                                                  attended on the status and priorities
                                                  of the Maryland State Highway                                              com/john.kinnaird.3) to see if
               The New Year comes with            Administration for improvement          The cold weather not only          anyone has reported an issue. It is
            traction. On January 3, the first day   to U.S. 15 and Interstate 270. The   brings snow, sleet, and rain, but   important that our residents are
            of business, we had a meeting with    time table has been moved up on the   it also causes issues with our       informed of any infrastructure
            the executive director of the Frederick   construction of additional lanes south   infrastructure! I am sure that   issues we may be experiencing, and
            County Boys and Girls Club. We have   of Frederick to 2025 completion;     everyone is aware of the electric and   we keep an eye on Facebook for
            been working with the club for some   there will be four lanes each direction,   water issues we have had recently,   reports of questions about issues
            time. Things seem to be moving in the   of which two, each way, will be toll.   many caused by the weather.      and we attempt to provide updates
            right direction for a youth program in   To everyone’s dismay, the widening of   The freezing weather can cause   as they are available.
            Emmitsburg, possibly in the fall. On   U.S. 15 through the City of Frederick   residential water lines to freeze and   Currently, the Town of Thurmont
            January 4, I attended the St. Elizabeth   has been pushed back to 2030.    can be a prime factor of breaks in    is making sewer line repairs to
            Ann Seton Memorial Mass and           Upgrading of Biggs Ford Road at U.S.   our water mains, both of which      Rouzer Court, and will be working
            reception at the basilica. The main   15 interchange timetable is scheduled   we have experienced recently. We   in the coming weeks on repairs
            celebrant was Archbishop William E.   for 2040.                            have also suffered power outages      and improvements at locations
            Lori of the Baltimore Diocese. The      On January 13, Lib and I attended   caused by high winds, freezing       on Apples Church Road, Mantle
            service was a solemn tribute and very   the Emmitsburg Lions Club Banquet,   precipitation, and circuits under   Court, and Moser Road. Please be
            well attended. On January 6, Lib and   commemorating its 35th charter      strain, due to increased electric     aware of these ongoing projects and
            I were among the 245 people who       year. It was very well attended.     heating demand. When power goes       be careful while driving where sewer
            attended the 134th Annual Vigilant    Congratulations to Gene Rosensteel   out or water service is interrupted,   line work is being completed.
            Hose Company 6 Banquet, which also    on receiving a special award for     we encourage residents to call our       This summer, we are planning to
            included Ambulance Company 26.        assisting in the Emmitsburg Lions    office at 301-271-7313 and report     start work on waterlines on North
            The banquet was held at the facility   Club formation.                     these issues. After hours, there      Church Street, between Emmitsburg
            on Creamery Road.                       Late Christmas present for         are instructions for reaching staff   Road and Rt. 15. This project will
               Inspirational is the best way to   Emmitsburg and a prize indeed for    during these emergencies. When        see the replacement of water mains
            describe how the two companies        the community: A fire company-       the office is closed, please listen   and the installation of new service
            joined together to better serve our   themed glass etching done by         to the recorded information. The      lines. The work is expected to cause
            community. The merger that began      nationally renowned artist William   instructions will tell you to dial    disruption to traffic, with narrowed
            last July was completed officially on   Cochran is coming to the Frederick   1 for emergencies; you will then    or closed travel lanes. During this
            January 1.  From what I have heard,   County Fire Rescue Museum. The       be instructed to dial option 1 for    project, be sure to allow more time
            if and when other fire and ambulance   three-panel, 15-foot x 8-foot, 120   electric, option 2 for sewer, option   if you are passing through the work
            companies should choose to merge,     square-foot etching is presently     3 for water, and option 4 for         area or plan on taking alternate
            this is the county’s official template.   displayed at the Firehouse Financial   streets and parks. When following   routes. There will be flagmen
               Congratulations to Leo “Mike”      Center on W. Church Street in        these instructions, your call will    directing traffic and, as always, be
            Boyle on receiving an award for his   Frederick, the old Independent Hose   be transferred to one of our staff.   sure to pay close attention to the
            sixty-five years of service and support   Company building. It was done in   Please keep in mind that once an    directions they are giving traffic.
            of the company. Well done. Also,      the mid-1980s to commemorate the     issue has been reported, the person      Finally, I want to thank our
            congratulations to the company.       Independent Hose Company that        answering the phone is most likely    residents for your patience and
            The 2017 statistics are more than     had moved to its present location on   working on the problem and may      understanding during the recent
            compelling. For the year, Vigilant    Baughman’s Lane.                     not be able to respond to all calls.   water and electric issues we have
            Hose responded to 534 calls, on         This fall, the Mount will field    It is a safe bet that once several    been addressing. Our staff is
            average (over 10 a week or almost 1.5   a men’s soccer team, men’s and     people have noticed an issue, town    dedicated to restoring service as
            a day). EMS calls for both (including   women’s golf teams, and women’s    staff has been made aware of the      quickly as possible whenever there
            Station 26, up until July 1) totaled   bowling team to take the university   situation. You are free to call, but if   is an outage or loss of services.
            1,139 calls for the year (almost 22 per   to twenty NCAA teams.            your call is not answered promptly,      Please feel free to contact me
            week or over 3 per day). Since July     From last December: I forgot       it is probably because the staff      with any questions or concerns at
            1, the dispatch arrival average time   to mention that on December 18,     person is working to repair the, by calling
            to “its first due area response area”   Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike   problem. You can also check out the   me at 301-606-9458, or through my
            (Emmitsburg) averaged 6.54 minutes.    Gill visited the Mount to learn more   Town of Thurmont Facebook page     Facebook page.
               On January 11, I attended the      about the Mount’s newest majors:
            monthly County Executive – Mayor/     entrepreneurship and cybersecurity.   Reference our Calendar on pages 46 & 47 to find events of interest.
                                                  I participated in the meeting with
                                                  President Timothy E. Trainor,
                                                  Ph.D., Chief of Staff Wayne Green,
                                                  Christine Adamow, Director of the
                                                  Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship,
                                                  Professors Nick Hutchings and
                                                  Donald E. Butt, Jr., Jane Graves,
                                                  DC, Board Chair of Seton Center,
                                                  Inc., and Sr. Martha Beaudoin, DC,
                                                  Director of Seton Center, Inc.
                                                    Like all, I am hoping for some
                                                  warmer weather so the State can get
                                                  back to work on the square. It would
                                                  make a wonderful Valentine’s Day
                                                  gift. Thank you to everyone for your
                                                  patience for any inconvenience the
                                                  square/sidewalk project has brought
                                                  about, but when finished this spring,
                                                  we will have something special.
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