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                            F e b ru a r y  2018                                                             T hurmont

                                                                   by James Rada, Jr.  Town Gets Grant for LED Lighting      commissioners during a workshop
                                                                                          As the Town of Thurmont moved      meeting, where they went through
                                                                                       to increase its sustainability and    the document to address any
                              E mmitsburg                                              reduce costs, one of the changes it   questions and concerns. These will
                                                                                       has been working on is switching      then be used to make changes to the
            Homes Taken Off Town’s Water          amounts that they recommended be     over to LED street lights downtown    final manual.
            System                                funded with the excess.              and in subdivisions. The Maryland
               Town staff had to do an emergency   •  $66,300 towards the Community    Energy Administration recently        Mid-year Budget Review
            fix to the town’s water lines. Four     Park Pool and its grounds.         awarded the town $34,650 for this        The Thurmont Mayor and
            homes outside of town limits, but       (Unanimously approved.)            project. The Thurmont Mayor and       Commissioners received a mid-year
            on the town water system, received                                         Commissioners voted unanimously       budget review in January to see
            their water through a water line that   •  $17,245 for the dog park. The   to spend $28,035 of that amount to    how close they were staying to the
            was installed in the 1930s. Over the    commissioners modified the         have Catoctin Lighting replace the    approved fiscal year 2018 budget.
            decades, 200 feet of the 8-inch line    dog park plan to include no        street lights in Catoctin Heights. The   According to Chief Financial Officer
            has been exposed to the elements.       leash stations (for now) and       remaining balance will be used to     Linda Joyce, at the halfway point in
            Because of the extended subzero         four benches instead of seven.     purchase additional lighting fixtures   its budget, the town was 15 percent
            temperatures that the region had this   (Approved with modification.)      for a yet-to-be-determined location.  under budget.
            winter, a major break occurred in the   •  $15,000 for the general streets   Curb Side Grass and Leaf Pickup     Thurmont Addiction Commission
            line on January 8. Temporary fixes to   fund. (Unanimously approved.)
            the line could not be maintained.     •  $14,000 for curbs, gutters,          Curb side grass and leaf pickup       The Thurmont Addiction
               In one instance, a temporary                                            will resume in Thurmont on April 2.   Commission is now up and running.
            pump placed on the water line           sidewalks, roads. The              Residents should have received notice   The group has a Facebook page,
                                                    commissioners asked that the St.
            malfunctioned, and one home’s           Joseph’s Lane pedestrian walkway   of all the pertinent information and   where interested parties can be
            basement was flooded.                   become a future agenda item.       dates with their utility bills.       kept up to date on meeting times
               Town staff evaluated the situation                                                                            and topics. One topic that has been
            and determined that the old water line   (Unanimously approved.)           Work Continues on Employee            discussed between the commission
            was unrepairable. It would need to be   •  $10,000 for the general planning                                      and Frederick County Health
            replaced, which would cost $1 million   fund. (Unanimously approved.)         Town staff has been crafting an    Department is a needle exchange
            to restore service to the four homes.  •  $6,526 for building maintenance   employee policy manual for town      program. Commissioner Marty
               Since this would be too expensive,   at 140 South Seton Avenue.         employees for the past few months.    Burns pointed out that this was
            an alternative solution was sought. It   (Unanimously approved.)           “It’s something that would be able to   a presentation being made by the
            was discovered that one of the homes                                       assist our supervisors and managers,   Health Department to gather input.
            could be connected to an existing 10-  •  $4,500 for building maintenance   assist our employees, and assist in   It did not mean the program would
            inch water line. The other three homes   at 22 East Main Street.           the overall management of our staff   happen.
            were too far away for this solution     (Unanimously approved.)            here,” Chief Administrative Officer   For more information on the Town
            to work for them. For these homes,      The total transfer amount was      Jim Humerick told the mayor and       of Thurmont, visit www.thurmont.
            the town reached an agreement with    $133,571.                            commissioners.                        com or call the town office at 301-
            the homeowners to drill wells that                                            A draft of the manual was
            could service the homes and take      Town Starts Monthly Street           presented to the mayor and            271-7313.
            them off the town’s water system.     Sweeping
            The estimated cost for this solution is   Emmitsburg Town Manager
            $50,000 per connection or $150,000.   Cathy Willetts announced that town                       P a tr onize  Our Adve r tise r s!
                                                  staff will now perform monthly
            Transfers to Capital Projects         street-sweeping in Emmitsburg,        The Catoctin Banner newspaper exists due to the advertising support of those featured in each issue.
               When fiscal year 2017 ended,       which is required for the MS-4
            the Town of Emmitsburg had excess     permit that the town is seeking.
            money in its general fund. The excess
            needed to be transferred to capital   Community Day Race
            projects per audit requirements. Town   The Emmitsburg Commissioners
            staff put together a list of projects and   unanimously approved a 6K
                                                  race on Emmitsburg Community
                                                  Heritage Day, June 30, 2018. The
                                                  Catoctin-Ettes will run the event as a
                                                    Conrad Weaver was appointed to
                                                  the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for
                                                  a two-year term, from November 4,
                                                  2017, to November 4, 2019.
                                                    Wendy Walsh was reappointed
                                                  to serve on the Citizen’s Advisory
                                                  Committee, from February 20, 2018,
                                                  to February 20, 2020.

                                                  For more information on the
                                                  Town of Emmitsburg, visit www.
                                         or call 301-600-
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