Emmitsburg Town Manager May 2007 Report

July 1, 2007 at 4:51 pm | Posted in Emmitsburg, Hold that line!, Laying it the line ;-), Lineup, One-liner, water line | Leave a comment

Here is the May 2007 Town Managers Report.Town Manager’s ReportMay 2007Prepared by David HallerStreets:Staff installed the ‘welcome to Emmitsburg’ signsStaff has repaired a number of street lightsStaff installed speed bumps on Lincoln Avenue and North AvenueStaff coordinated several street paving projectsStaff repaired and cold patched a few sidewalks on Main StreetWater:Rainbow Lake is maintaining at the spillway and all wells are holding up wellThe roughing filters are now being backwashed twice everyday and the DE filters are being done once every weekStaff has recently flushed the raw line from Rainbow Lake to the Water Treatment PlantWater production and consumption. We produced and purchased an average of 336,537 gpd. We consumed an average of 303,816 gpd.The difference is “Backwash Water” …(9.7%). We purchased 240,800 gals. of water from MSM this month.48.2% of this water came from wells0.2.4% of this water came from Mt. St. Mary’s49.4% of this water came from Rainbow LakeWastewater:Mason Dixon Farms has started pumping and aerator maintenance has been performed on Lagoon No. 3We received about 1.4 inches of precipitation this month (the average is 4,5 inches)We have a deficit of 3.7″ of precipitation over the last six months. The average precipitation for the period from December 1 thru May 31 is 22.2″ and we have received 18.5″ for that period.There was an error in last month’s precipitation computation which indicated that we had exceeded the six month average by 3.5% when we exceeded by only 0.8″. It is also important to know that this six month average does not include Nov. 2006, a month in which we exceeded the monthly average precipitation by 1.4″Wastewater Treatment:We treated an average of 286,000 gpd (consumed 303,816 gpd) which means that 0.0% of the wastewater treated this month was “wild water”. This also indicat4es that approximately 67% of the 26,424 gpd increase in consumption this month went to outdoor useWe experienced no spills of untreated sewerage during the month of MayWe did not exceed the plant’s design capacity during the month of MayTrash:Trash pickup will remain Monday and Thursday for the Month of June, 2007Parks:Staff worked on the ball fields in Memorial ParkStaff coordinated and worked with S&W Construction on the replacement of the roofs on the Bathrooms and pavilion in Memorial ParkStaff coordinated the pouring of the concrete for the new bandstand in Community ParkStaff did some painting at the Community swimming poolMeetings Attended:05/05 With Hess Enterprises related to possible rezoning request at hotel site05/07 With sewer plant design engineers related to possible treatment methods05/09 With staff to review water capacity numbers05/10 With Dan Reaver related to his proposed commercial subdivision05/15 With Planning consultant to create water capacity section of Comp Plan update05/16 Water & Sewer Master Plan seminar-Hagerstown05/17 With Mayor and Representatives of MSM to discuss growth limits delineation05/24 Municipal/BOCC Water & Sewer Master Plan update05/24 MML POS funding meeting (Got $70,000 of POS money

Water on a Sidewalk? By worlds greatest sidewalk artist.

June 23, 2007 at 8:00 am | Posted in Laying it the line ;-), One-liner, water line | Leave a comment

Rick Lee of rickleephoto.com posted some pictures of the sidewalk artist painting a water fall.Waterfall on Sidewalk!

Water Water Everywhere

June 23, 2007 at 7:51 am | Posted in Hold that line!, Laying it the line ;-), Lineup, One-liner, water line | Leave a comment

Here is todays list of water related problems around the world.

Google Search: water drought
Build pond now, but wait for drought to end to fill it – Birmingham News – Build pond now, but wait for drought to end to fill itBirmingham News, AL – 2 hours agoPutting one in operation, though, should definitely be delayed until water restrictions are lifted. You need to r
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Drought challenges US south – Globe and Mail – Drought challenges US southGlobe and Mail, Canada – 5 hours agoEven without worsening drought, that will exceed the capacity of existing water supplies — and Phoenix has supplemented its groundwater s
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Drought brings disease risk to dwindling dam – Cyprus Mail – Drought brings disease risk to dwindling damCyprus Mail, Cyprus – 2 hours agoHe added that the fish were the first to be hit by the water shortage the island is facing. “The water levels have dropped
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water sewer rates
Worcester approves solid waste, water and wastewater budgets – Delmarva Daily Times – Worcester approves solid waste, water and wastewater budgetsDelmarva Daily Times, MD – 1 hour agoThere was also a change in commercial rates from $180 to $240 minimum and $4.25 to $5 per 1000 gallons
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Some South Florida associations still require house washing in drought – Sun-Sentinel.com – Some South Florida associations still require house washing in droughtSun-Sentinel.com, FL – 16 minutes agoTo Lopez, conserving water in the middle of a drought is more important. “In a couple of
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Drought challenges US south – Globe and Mail – Drought challenges US southGlobe and Mail, Canada – 2 hours agoEven without worsening drought, that will exceed the capacity of existing water supplies — and Phoenix has supplemented its groundwater s
3:24 AM
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Spangenberg: Water wisely when it comes to established lawns – Northwest Herald – Spangenberg: Water wisely when it comes to established lawnsNorthwest Herald, IL – 6 hours agoEstablished trees and shrubs will also need water if true drought conditions develop. Water the entire roo
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Internalizing the critical weight of water – News & Observer – Internalizing the critical weight of waterNews & Observer, NC – 3 hours agoThere is drought in China. Flash floods in Texas just killed four people. Once-farmed land is becoming desert in China w
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Water alert in city – Jacksonville News – Water alert in cityJacksonville News, AL – Jun 21, 2007Jacksonville became the first city in the county Monday to impose mandatory water restrictions. A memo issued by the city Monday said washing veh
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District bans watering indefinitely – KOAA – District bans watering indefinitelyKOAA, CO – 8 hours agoThe Cherokee Metropolitan Water District increased restrictions Friday because storage levels had dipped dangerously low. Only a third of the
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China drought causes water shortages for millions – Washington Post – China drought causes water shortages for millionsWashington Post, United States – 7 hours agoBEIJING (Reuters) – Drought affecting large swathes of China has left more than 8 million people short of w
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Spangenberg: Water wisely when it comes to established lawns – Northwest Herald – Spangenberg: Water wisely when it comes to established lawnsNorthwest Herald, IL – 35 minutes agoEstablished trees and shrubs will also need water if true drought conditions develop. Water the entire
Jun 22, 2007
water sewer rates
Saline water, sewer rates to get slight increases – Ann Arbor News – Saline water, sewer rates to get slight increasesAnn Arbor News, MI – Jun 19, 2007BY LISA ALLMENDINGER Saline water and sewer rates will rise slightly and some city employees will receive smaller than
Jun 22, 2007
“water saving”
Mayor plans to conserve water – Daily Sundial – Mayor plans to conserve waterDaily Sundial, CA – 13 hours ago… in conjunction with the LADWP, offers suggestions to businesses along with financial incentives to begin to implement water-saving mea
Jun 22, 2007
“water saving”
WaterFix Your Home – Wollondilly Advertiser – WaterFix Your HomeWollondilly Advertiser, Australia – Jun 19, 2007By Andre Boerema, New figures show almost 400000 households in Sydney have installed water saving devices in their homes. Each has s
Jun 22, 2007
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Conflict fuels drought, depletes water sources – Fort Worth Star Telegram – Conflict fuels drought, depletes water sourcesFort Worth Star Telegram, TX – 23 hours agoDAMRAT SURMI, Sudan — Decades of drought helped trigger Darfur’s violence as rival groups fought over scar
Jun 22, 2007
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Tips to help your lawn beat the heat – Seattle Post Intelligencer – Tips to help your lawn beat the heatSeattle Post Intelligencer – 52 minutes agoOne of the first signs I look for in a drought-stressed lawn is if my feet leave an impression in the grass as I walk ac
Jun 22, 2007
water sewer rates
City customers face planned increase in water rates – Santa Maria Times – City customers face planned increase in water ratesSanta Maria Times, CA – Jun 21, 2007By Malia Spencer/SENIOR STAFF WRITER A nearly 30-year-old city policy that allows for automatic annual increases
Jun 22, 2007
water sewer rates
Fitch Rates JEA’s (Florida) $41MM Water Revs 2007 Series C ‘AA … – Business Wire (press release) – Fitch Rates JEA’s (Florida) $41MM Water Revs 2007 Series C ‘AA …Business Wire (press release), CA – 17 hours agoJEA’s retail water and sewer rates are expected to remain competitive for
Jun 22, 2007
water sewer rates
Fowlerville council to vote on sewer, water rate hikes – Ann Arbor News – Fowlerville council to vote on sewer, water rate hikesAnn Arbor News, MI – 9 hours agoBY LINDA THEIL The Fowlerville Village Council will vote June 25 on a resolution to increase water and sewer rates
Jun 22, 2007
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Conflict fuels drought, depletes water sources – Fort Worth Star Telegram – Philadelphia Daily NewsConflict fuels drought, depletes water sourcesFort Worth Star Telegram, TX – 12 hours agoDAMRAT SURMI, Sudan — Decades of drought helped trigger Darfur’s violence as rival
Jun 22, 2007
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Drought effects on underground water – BlueRidgeNow.com – Drought effects on underground waterBlueRidgeNow.com, NC – 21 hours ago”When the well is dry we know the worth of water.” — Benjamin Franklin In spite of a drought that has been called the
Jun 22, 2007
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Drought May Further Impact Carpet Industry – WRCB-TV – Drought May Further Impact Carpet IndustryWRCB-TV, TN – 6 hours agoJ&J Industries and Shaw Industries have both already taken measures to help conserve water. However, if the drought continues, th
Jun 22, 2007
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Nursery professionals’ consensus: Go native, go green, give up St … – Naples Daily News – Nursery professionals’ consensus: Go native, go green, give up St …Naples Daily News, FL – 2 hours agoWhile plants may survive drought, ultimately all plants need water to thrive. “No plant can live
Jun 22, 2007
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Water restrictions to remain the same – North Kingstown Standard Times – Water restrictions to remain the sameNorth Kingstown Standard Times, RI – 15 hours agoNORTH KINGSTOWN – They’ve tried through education and water restrictions. But no matter what the water depart-
Jun 22, 2007
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Water Restrictions Could Soon Be Lifted – KCBD-TV – Water Restrictions Could Soon Be LiftedKCBD-TV, TX – Jun 21, 2007The city’s effort to conserve water takes a hit, but overall city leaders still believe water restrictions could be lifted as early
Jun 22, 2007

Drought here drought there, drought everywhere

June 1, 2007 at 11:32 am | Posted in borderlines, Emmitsburg, Laying it the line ;-), One-liner, water line | Leave a comment

Here is the latest compilation of water shortage related links.

y water restrictions – Wilmington Morning Star
– New Hanover issues mandatory water restrictionsWilmington Morning Star, NC – 3 hours agoCounty officials said that if the new measures don’t result in a 20 percent reduction in water usage, further re
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Northeast Water Restrictions to be Re-Evaluated – WLTX.com
– Northeast Water Restrictions to be Re-EvaluatedWLTX.com, SC – 2 hours ago(Columbia) – Columbia Mayor Bob Coble said he’ll meet with city officials Friday to determine whether current Northeast wat
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Drought could pose problems for TVA reservoir system – WATE.com
– Drought could pose problems for TVA reservoir systemWATE.com, TN – 16 minutes agoIn the midst of the current drought, it’s time to start letting that water back out. Although Cherokee and Douglas
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water sewer rates
Water, sewer rates on the rise – Lititz Record Express
– Water, sewer rates on the riseLititz Record Express, PA – 1 hour agoHe wanted to stress to the community that Lititz holds the distinction of having some of the lowest water and sewer rates in the co
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“water saving”
Solar energy and water saving devices from Dux Hot Water – Infolink Architecture & Building
– Solar energy and water saving devices from Dux Hot WaterInfolink Architecture & Building, Australia – 11 hours ago… of electricity and water, as well as blackouts, are expected to drive Australi
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Google Search: water restrictions
New Hanover issues mandatory water restrictions – Wilmington Morning Star
– New Hanover issues mandatory water restrictionsWilmington Morning Star, NC – 7 minutes agoCounty officials said that if the new measures don’t result in a 20 percent reduction in water usage, further
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Google Search: water drought
Phoenix Avoids Drastic Drought Steps – KTAR.com
– Phoenix Avoids Drastic Drought StepsKTAR.com, AZ – 20 minutes agoPhoenix-area water providers have long avoided mixing drought and conservation messages, insisting their water supplies offer ample pro
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water sewer rates
Sims lauds County Council for adopting stable sewer rate and fees … – King County (press release)
– Sims lauds County Council for adopting stable sewer rate and fees …King County (press release), WA – May 30, 2007″I appreciate Executive Sims’ leadership finding ways to keep rates stable w
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“water saving”
BRRI water saving technology can save Tk 3.0b annually – Financial Express.bd
– BRRI water saving technology can save Tk 3.0b annuallyFinancial Express.bd, Bangladesh – 4 hours agoWater saving technology developed by the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) can save Tk 3.0 b
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“water saving”
Solar energy and water saving devices from Dux Hot Water – Infolink Architecture & Building
– Solar energy and water saving devices from Dux Hot WaterInfolink Architecture & Building, Australia – 8 hours ago… of electricity and water, as well as blackouts, are expected to drive Australia
1:12 PM
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Water restrictions set – Main Street Newspapers
– 13wmazWater restrictions setMain Street Newspapers, GA – 8 hours agoLevel 1 stipulates odd-even outdoor watering restrictions; Level 2 further restricts the hours during which outdoor watering is perm
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Google Search: water rates drought saving
Charges over 140 litres – Courier Mail
– Charges over 140 litresCourier Mail, Australia – 8 hours ago”The drought has meant that we have to do it because we have to deliver all these important water supply projects.” For all users,
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Drought dangers – Jacksonville News
– Jacksonville NewsDrought dangersJacksonville News, AL – 7 hours agoThe drought is causing concern at the Calhoun County Water Authority. Water flow from the Webster’s Chapel spring is nearly cut in ha
11:50 AM
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South Florida battles 18-month drought – York Dispatch
– South Florida battles 18-month droughtYork Dispatch, PA – 10 hours ago”We can make drought-tolerant and water-efficient plants, and we can put the right plants in the right place, but we have yet
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Plants gasping for water – Cincinnati Enquirer
– News & ObserverPlants gasping for waterCincinnati Enquirer, OH – 8 hours agoAll of Kentucky is in either mild or moderate drought, according to the University of Kentucky Agricultural Weather Cent
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“water saving”
Going Green: Eco-friendly a flush away at GCS – Gaylord Herald Times
– Going Green: Eco-friendly a flush away at GCSGaylord Herald Times, MI – 7 hours agoGAYLORD — The sound of going green at Gaylord High School is the sound of silence — as in environmentally friendly, w
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Cary Enforces Water Restrictions – abc11tv.com
– WRAL.comCary Enforces Water Restrictionsabc11tv.com, NC – 10 hours agoTown officials say people aren’t following mandatory year round water restrictions and officials may be forced to take further
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Google Search: water drought
South Florida battles 18-month drought – York Dispatch
– South Florida battles 18-month droughtYork Dispatch, PA – 1 hour ago”We can make drought-tolerant and water-efficient plants, and we can put the right plants in the right place, but we have yet t
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Google Search: water drought
Go against instincts, water less, don’t fertilize lawns – Gwinnett Daily Post
– Go against instincts, water less, don’t fertilize lawnsGwinnett Daily Post, GA – 1 hour agoAlthough Georgia summers are notoriously dry and unforgiving, it’s been years since Sam Thompson has
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Google Search: water drought
Be careful watering during drought – Macon Telegraph
– Be careful watering during droughtMacon Telegraph, GA – 5 hours agoRemember that drought tolerant grasses survive dry weather by turning brown and going dormant. If you cannot water the lawn regularly
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water sewer rates
Water rates up 10.2% in initial budget – Port Huron Times Herald
– Water rates up 10.2% in initial budgetPort Huron Times Herald, MI – 10 hours agoEarlier this year, a consulting firm said Port Huron would need to raise water and sewer rates by 106% in the next five
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“water saving”
Solar energy and water saving devices from Dux Hot Water – Infolink Architecture & Building
– Solar energy and water saving devices from Dux Hot WaterInfolink Architecture & Building, Australia – 5 hours ago… of electricity and water, as well as blackouts, are expected to drive Australia
7:55 AM
“water saving”
Giant borers ready for duty – Courier Mail
– Courier MailGiant borers ready for dutyCourier Mail, Australia – 6 hours agoThey said 80000 households had bought 107600 water-saving products – rainwater tanks, dual-flush toilets, front-loading wash
7:12 AM
Google Search: water restrictions
Plano backs off plans to soften water restrictions – Dallas Morning News (subscription)
– Plano backs off plans to soften water restrictionsDallas Morning News (subscription), TX – 15 hours agoDistrict officials have said they don’t want to relax water restrictions until Chapman fills
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Google Search: water drought
Arizona water providers’ drought plans vary – AZ Central.com
– AZFamily (subscription)Arizona water providers’ drought plans varyAZ Central.com, AZ – 13 hours agoJanet Napolitano’s Drought Task Force included in its recommendations a requirement that Ariz
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Drought leaves a bad taste – Sarasota Herald-Tribune
– Drought leaves a bad tasteSarasota Herald-Tribune, FL – 12 hours agoA 16-month drought has left resources at such low levels that utilities in Charlotte, Manatee and Sarasota counties are pulling wate
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Google Search: water drought
Drought raises concern over possible water restrictions – News 14 Carolina
– News 14 CarolinaDrought raises concern over possible water restrictionsNews 14 Carolina, NC – 20 hours agoUnion, Johnston, and Mecklenburg counties are all under mandatory water restrictions as a resu
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Google Search: water drought
Be careful watering during drought – Macon Telegraph
– Be careful watering during droughtMacon Telegraph, GA – 2 hours agoRemember that drought tolerant grasses survive dry weather by turning brown and going dormant. If you cannot water the lawn regularly
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“water saving”
Minister cops flak over house jibe – Hume Star
– Minister cops flak over house jibeHume Star, Australia – 13 hours agoHis double storey Nesting Court home had a rain water tank, water-saving showerheads and power-saving light bulbs. “With today’s te
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“water saving”
Water flows for wetlands – Dandenong Star
– Water flows for wetlandsDandenong Star, Australia – 11 hours agoWATER saving initiatives keep flooding in to Greater Dandenong, including two major announcements last week. The City of Greater Dandeno
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Google Search: water restrictions
Plano backs off plans to soften water restrictions – Dallas Morning News (subscription)
– Plano backs off plans to soften water restrictionsDallas Morning News (subscription), TX – 25 minutes agoDistrict officials have said they don’t want to relax water restrictions until Chapman fill
4:12 AM
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Drought raises concern over possible water restrictions – News 14 Carolina
– News 14 CarolinaDrought raises concern over possible water restrictionsNews 14 Carolina, NC – 22 hours agoGREENSBORO — Only three North Carolina counties are currently under water restrictions. But t
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Water Restrictions Are In Effect In Winchester – WTVF
– WKRNWater Restrictions Are In Effect In WinchesterWTVF, TN – 18 hours agoA drought has forced a Middle Tennessee town to impose mandatory water restrictions. Starting next week, residents of Wincheste
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City eyes voluntary water restrictions – Rock Hill Herald
– City eyes voluntary water restrictionsRock Hill Herald, SC – 17 hours agoIn Rock Hill, city officials began asking for voluntary use restrictions last week after water consumption rose to summer level
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Water restrictions start Friday – Sioux Falls Argus Leader
– Water restrictions start FridaySioux Falls Argus Leader, SD – 15 hours agoWater restrictions in the city of Sioux Falls begin Friday, with customers not allowed to water their lawns on certain days an
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Blaze a reminder of fire hazard, water supply limits – Charlotte Sun-Herald
– Blaze a reminder of fire hazard, water supply limitsCharlotte Sun-Herald, FL – 5 hours agoThe smoke serves as a local reminder of the extreme brush fire hazard in Charlotte County and the limits to lo
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Drought making allies of adversaries – Palm Beach Post
– Drought making allies of adversariesPalm Beach Post, FL – 1 hour ago”If there’s one good thing that comes out of the drought, it’s the awareness of reclaimed water,” Coates said Wedn
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water sewer rates
Nashville’s budget to hike water rates – Rocky Mount Telegram
– Nashville’s budget to hike water ratesRocky Mount Telegram, NC – 17 hours agoTown officials waited until Rocky Mount had prepared its own budget before it included water and sewer fees in its 2007
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“water saving”
Water projects generally on budget, schedule: Bligh – ABC Online
– Water projects generally on budget, schedule: BlighABC Online, Australia – 22 hours ago”We set a very ambitious target when we started this program and we hoped that by the end of April we would
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“water saving”
Townsville council to get water wise – ABC Regional Online
– Townsville council to get water wiseABC Regional Online, Australia – 11 hours agoThe council is to spend just over $1.6 million on water saving initiatives over a two year period. The chairman of the

Emmitsburg Town Managers Report April 2007 Commentary

May 26, 2007 at 3:54 pm | Posted in Emmitsburg, Laying it the line ;-), water line | Leave a comment

NOTE: Comments and questions are in italics.

Town Manager’s Report
April 2007

Prepared by David Haller

Streets:

Staff repaired a number of street and stop signs

Staff has repaired a number of street lights

Staff installed a new bulletin board at 22 East Main Street

Staff cleaned East and West Main Street

Staff cold patched a few streets and pot holes

The Manager should elaborate where these actions were taken or what was accomplished.

Water:

The meters at the water treatment plant were calibrated and they checked-out fine and were accurate. Where is the data to support this? Where is the report and who did it and how much did it cost?

The roughing filters are now being backwashed twice everyday and the DE filters are being done once every week What is being done to reduce the amount of backwash water wasted?

The 500,000 gal. water storage tank was just inspected and is in good shape

Water production and consumption. We produced and purchased an average of 297,806 gpd. We consumed an average of 277,392 gpd.

The difference is “Backwash Water” …(6.9%). We purchased 38,000 gals. of water from MSM this month.

47.27 of this water came from wells

0.425% of this water came from Mt. St. Mary’s

52.303% of this water came from Rainbow Lake

Does well water get filtered by the DE filters? If no; then only 150,000 gallons are causing the waste of 20,000 gallons per day for backwash. Or about 12 per cent of all water produced is wasted on backwash.

Wastewater:

The flow meters at the pumping station and the wastewater treatment plant have been calibrated. Who says and where is the report.

We received about 3.8 inches of precipitation this month (the average is 3.8 inches)

We have exceeded the average precipitation by 3.5″ over the last six months. The average precipitation for the period from November 1 thru April 30 is 21.5″ and we have received 25.0″ for that period

Wastewater Treatment:

We treated an average of 544,000 gpd (consumed 277,392 gpd) which means that 49.0% of the wastewater treated this month was “wild water”
Not true; all 277,000 gallons does not go to the sewer plant due to water leakage of 20%

We experienced no spills of untreated sewerage during the month of April

We exceeded the plant’s design capacity on three days in the Month of April

04/14 934,000 gal.; 04/15 3,289,000 gal.; 04/16 1,053,000 gal;

Trash:

Trash pickup will remain Monday and Thursday for the Month of May, 2007, with the exception of Monday, May 28, 2007

Parks:

Staff worked on the ball fields in Community Park

Staff made standard checks of all parks —trash cans, bathrooms, etc.

Staff worked on the horseshoe pits in all parks

Staff did some painting on the pavilion in Community Park

Meetings Attended:

04/04 Budget meeting with the Mayor

04/05 South Seton Ave. project progress meeting

04/16 Staff Budget meeting

04/16 Meeting with MSM staff to answer some planning issues

04/20 FY2008 Budget meeting

04/23 Meeting with Sheriff and SHA – Commercial traffic

04/30 FY2008 Budget Meetin

Where is the summary of the meetings?

Emmitsburg Water Supply Under Oath

May 22, 2007 at 6:49 am | Posted in Emmitsburg, Laying it the line ;-), water line | Leave a comment

Question: “Was this enacted by an actual vote by the majority of Commissioners?”

From todays NewsPost

Quote:
“Municipal officials to testify under oath

County wants more information when towns ask for water, sewer hookups

By MEG BERNHARDT
News-Post Staff
mbernhardt@fredericknewspost.com

The Frederick County commissioners will require municipal officials to testify under oath about the water and sewer capabilities of their jurisdictions before the commissioners proceed with a review of the countywide water and sewer plan.
County commissioner John L. Thompson Jr. suggested the requirement during a Monday worksession in order to make local officials accountable for their statements.
The county is supposed to evaluate the sewer and water plan every three years, but has not reviewed it since 2002. The plan dictates the county’s expansion of water and sewer. It also includes the expansion plans of the municipalities.
In the past, Thompson said, municipal officials have not properly researched the capabilities of their systems before proposing new hookups.
He cited recent problems with water or sewer in Emmitsburg, Thurmont, Woodsboro, Frederick, Mount Airy and Brunswick to show municipal officials’ need to do better planning.
As a county commissioner, Thompson said, he has witnessed many municipal officials without enough information asking for bigger systems.
Woodsboro Burgess Donald Trimmer went before the commissioners several years ago to ask for approval of a water system expansion for a new development, Thompson said. The commissioners asked if there was enough water capability. Trimmer said he didn’t know.
That wasn’t acceptable to Thompson, but Trimmer still stands by his answer. Woodsboro depends on groundwater, and he doesn’t know exactly how much is underground.
“I don’t think anybody does,” Trimmer said. “Do you know how much water is in the ground?”
Trimmer has been an elected official for 14 years, and in his experience, the municipal officials around the county have done a good job planning water and sewer. He said Woodsboro uses only half its sewer capacity.
When officials are ignorant or unwilling to plan properly, Thompson said, the Maryland Department of the Environment issues consent orders requiring towns to repair water or sewer systems — at taxpayer expense. He said proper planning would have precluded the water and sewer problems the majority of Frederick municipalities are suffering.
Trimmer said Woodsboro has no consent orders from the MDE, but it did before the new sewer plant was built three years ago.
Mount Airy is under a consent order from MDE, but councilman John Woodhull has said its overuse of water was due to leaky pipes that have since been fixed. The town has decided to launch a $187,000 well exploration project.
The county commissioners will require written statements from leading municipal officials, including a worksheet detailing designed capacity, reserves for public structures, maximum daily demand for service and contractual obligations to provide service not on the system.
If the worksheet does not show enough capacity, then improvement requests should be denied and not included in the countywide plan, Thompson said.
But even requiring that information to be provided under oath may not be enough.
Middletown recently proposed an expansion, and the Maryland Department of the Environment rightly turned it down because there simply isn’t enough water, Thompson said.
“I wouldn’t believe town council if they said anything about water,” Thompson said. “Even under oath.”

Unquote

snip—–

RE: The worksheet mentioned above.

All municipalities should complete a “Water Supply Capacity Management Plan” (WSCMP).
Municipalities under Consent Decrees MUST complete the worksheet in this document every year in November and submit it to the MDE.
Link to pdf: http://www.mde.state.md.us/assets/document/water/WaterSupplyCapacityPlansGuidance.pdf

This document allows Municipalities to calculate their ability to serve their present customers and to serve approved development under “worst case conditions” such as the 2002 drought.

It allows them to project just how many excess water taps they have available. This prevents them from approving development in excess of their ability to service present and future customers.

Water around the World

May 15, 2007 at 6:58 pm | Posted in Emmitsburg, Laying it the line ;-), One-liner, water line | Leave a comment

Here is todays water problems from around the world.
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water sewer rates
New water rates may reward conservation, punish waste – Arizona Republic
– New water rates may reward conservation, punish wasteArizona Republic, AZ – 2 hours agoChandler could soon add financial incentives to water conservation and raise water and sewer rates for the first
New water rates may reward conservation, punish waste – Arizona Republic
from water sewer rates

New water rates may reward conservation, punish waste
Arizona Republic, AZ – 2 hours ago
Chandler could soon add financial incentives to water conservation and raise water and sewer rates for the first time since 1994. …
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Google Search: water restrictions
Chatham Co. on Stage II water restrictions – News 14 Carolina
– News 14 CarolinaChatham Co. on Stage II water restrictionsNews 14 Carolina, NC – 5 hours agoCHATHAM COUNTY, NC — Stage II water restrictions are now in place in Chatham County. Officials say water le
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Google Search: water restrictions
Continued drought conditions force new water restrictions – Landscape Management
– Continued drought conditions force new water restrictionsLandscape Management, OH – 5 hours agoThe two southeast coastal counties are the first primarily residential areas to be placed in modified Pha
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Mandatory water restrictions for a NC county – Water Technology Online
– Mandatory water restrictions for a NC countyWater Technology Online, NY – 4 hours agoChatham County, NC — Due to dry conditions officials have enforced mandatory water restrictions in northeastern Cha
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water sewer rates
Wilton Council passes first reading to increase water, sewer rates – Muscatine Journal
– Wilton Council passes first reading to increase water, sewer ratesMuscatine Journal, IA – 6 hours agoThe Wilton City Council passed a first reading for new water and sewer rates last night. Under the
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Google Search: water drought
Continued drought conditions force new water restrictions – Landscape Management
– Continued drought conditions force new water restrictionsLandscape Management, OH – 4 hours agoWest Palm Beach, FL — With recent rains doing little to alleviate drought-related conditions across Sout
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Google Search: water drought
Australia drought helped by steel plant’s reuse plan – Water Technology Online
– Australia drought helped by steel plant’s reuse planWater Technology Online, NY – 3 hours agoMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — A steel factory will use recycled water in a plan that will save about 174 million g
3:34 PM
“water saving”
Surf Coast rates pay for water saving ideas – Geelong Advertiser
– Surf Coast rates pay for water saving ideasGeelong Advertiser, Australia – 4 hours agoCouncillors, at the unveiling of the 2007/08 budget last night, said $54000 raised from increased rates would be
3:34 PM
“water saving”
STATE BUDGET FUNDS FOR WATER SAVINGS AT MAJOR VENUES – Media Newswire (press release)
– STATE BUDGET FUNDS FOR WATER SAVINGS AT MAJOR VENUESMedia Newswire (press release), NY – 5 hours agoThe Beattie Government will allocate $1.95 million in next month’s State Budget for new water saving
2:51 PM
Google Search: water rates drought saving
Surf Coast rates pay for water saving ideas – Geelong Advertiser
– Surf Coast rates pay for water saving ideasGeelong Advertiser, Australia – 4 hours agoCouncillors, at the unveiling of the 2007/08 budget last night, said $54000 raised from increased rates would be s
1:36 PM
Google Search: water restrictions
Chatham Calls for Mandatory Water Restrictions – abc11tv.com
– Chatham Calls for Mandatory Water Restrictionsabc11tv.com, NC – 2 hours agoThe restrictions apply only to the northeastern part of the county because that area is served by the county’s water trea
1:36 PM
Google Search: water restrictions
City faces year-round water restrictions – Burleson-Crowley Connection
– City faces year-round water restrictionsBurleson-Crowley Connection, TX – 6 hours agoThe Fort Worth Water Department requires its customers to conform with the same water restrictions it faces. Fort
12:54 PM
water sewer rates
Water, sewer rates to increase in GH Township – Grand Haven Tribune
– Water, sewer rates to increase in GH TownshipGrand Haven Tribune, MI – 7 hours agoGRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP — Grand Haven Township residents will likely see a minor increase in their water and sewer costs
12:54 PM
water sewer rates
Growth spurs water, sewer rate hike – News 14 Carolina
– News 14 CarolinaGrowth spurs water, sewer rate hikeNews 14 Carolina, NC – 6 hours agoUtilities officials noted that even with the increase, Winston-Salem will still have some of the lowest water and s
12:54 PM
water sewer rates
City Water Board Approves Rate Hike For Water And Sewage – NY1
– NY1City Water Board Approves Rate Hike For Water And SewageNY1, NY – 7 hours agoOn Monday the city Water Board unanimously voted to adopt an 11.5 percent hike in water and sewer rates beginning in Jul
12:35 PM
Google Search: water drought
China drought threatens water supply for millions – China Daily
– China drought threatens water supply for millionsChina Daily, China – 9 hours agoDrought had damaged or destroyed 11 million hectares of crops and left 4.8 million people and as many cattle short of d
12:35 PM
Google Search: water drought
Flood of burst mains blamed on drought – Advertiser Adelaide
– Flood of burst mains blamed on droughtAdvertiser Adelaide, Australia – 7 hours agoTHE drought is being blamed for an increase in burst water mains repeatedly cutting supplies to dozens of homes acros
12:35 PM
Google Search: water drought
Study Warns Utahns about Drought Danger – BYU Newsnet
– Study Warns Utahns about Drought DangerBYU Newsnet, UT – 7 hours agoLast month the Utah Division of Water Resources released an alarming report detailing the looming danger of drought in Utah. …
12:35 PM
Google Search: water drought
SA water plant not a silver bullet – Advertiser Adelaide
– SA water plant not a silver bulletAdvertiser Adelaide, Australia – 1 hour agoWATER Security Minister Karlene Maywald has warned a desalination plant was “not a solution for today’s drought
12:34 PM
“water saving”
Thornton encourages residents to “Save 10 a Day” – YourHub.com
– Thornton encourages residents to “Save 10 a Day”YourHub.com, CO – 6 hours agoThornton residents can get involved by “taking the pledge” to be water saving champions by saving 10 gallons of w
10:36 AM
Google Search: water restrictions
Briefs: Water restrictions on – Chicago Daily Herald
– Briefs: Water restrictions onChicago Daily Herald, IL – 10 hours agoOutdoor water restrictions for 25000 homes and businesses on the Lake County public works system start today. A Mundelein man who di
9:35 AM
Google Search: water drought
China drought threatens water supply for millions – China Daily
– China drought threatens water supply for millionsChina Daily, China – 22 minutes agoDrought had damaged or destroyed 11 million hectares of crops and left 4.8 million people and as many cattle short o
7:36 AM
Google Search: water restrictions
Water restrictions mandatory in area – Birmingham News
– Water restrictions mandatory in areaBirmingham News, AL – 15 hours agoThe new restrictions allow residents with an even house number to water on Mondays and Thursdays, while residents in odd-numbered
7:36 AM
Google Search: water restrictions
Australian capital faces water – France24
– Australian capital faces waterFrance24, France – 7 hours agoThe gardens gracing Australia’s capital could soon be condemned to death by water restrictions as the country’s worst drought in liv
6:54 AM
water sewer rates
City pays $5.5M judgment SSA borrows $8M, gains autonomy on rates – Scranton Times-Tribune
– City pays $5.5M judgment SSA borrows $8M, gains autonomy on ratesScranton Times-Tribune, PA – 5 hours agoIn 2004, the Sewer Authority terminated the operational agreement and American Water sought arb
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water sewer rates
Morro sewer plant upgrades aired – San Luis Obispo Tribune
– Morro sewer plant upgrades airedSan Luis Obispo Tribune, CA – 6 hours agoMany concerns from the public Monday focused on water pollution, the effects of higher sewer rates on low-income residents and

Water around the World

May 4, 2007 at 5:51 am | Posted in Emmitsburg, Laying it the line ;-), water line | Leave a comment

Here is just this mornings google reader RSS feeds on water rates, restrictions, conservation and on and on. Every day , every hour a new story hits pertaining to water.

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6:37 AM
Google Search: water drought
Oro Valley declares Stage Two drought; asks residents to conserve … – Arizona Daily Star
– Oro Valley declares Stage Two drought; asks residents to conserve …Arizona Daily Star, AZ – 12 hours agoThe town of Oro Valley is in a Stage Two drought as of yesterday and is asking residents to re
6:37 AM
Google Search: water drought
City water chief prepares conservation plan – Montgomery Advertiser
– City water chief prepares conservation planMontgomery Advertiser, AL – 1 hour agoCity water chief Buddy Morgan is preparing a conservation plan in case the drought continues to sap the river supplying
6:37 AM
Google Search: water drought
Christian Leader Pray For Families Affected By Drought As Conflict … – Christian Today — Australia
– Christian Leader Pray For Families Affected By Drought As Conflict …Christian Today — Australia, Australia – 1 hour agoThe fight over water has heated up in the state of Victoria, where the Victori
6:01 AM
“water saving”
Govt stands by hold on water saving projects – ABC Online
– Govt stands by hold on water saving projectsABC Online, Australia – May 1, 2007The Victorian Government has defended its decision to hold off on major water savings projects for Victoria. Treasurer Jo
6:01 AM
“water saving”
Oro Valley takes step to curb water use – Arizona Daily Star
– Oro Valley takes step to curb water useArizona Daily Star, AZ – 2 hours agoBut Oro Valley’s plan is one of the few if not the only one in the Tucson area that calls for mandatory water-saving at t
5:30 AM
Google Search: water restrictions
Nude car wash not a breach of water restrictions – NEWS.com.au
– Brisbane TimesNude car wash not a breach of water restrictionsNEWS.com.au, Australia – 3 hours agoA TOPLESS car wash in Brisbane has been cleared for operation after authorities found no laws or water
5:01 AM
water sewer rates
Conway council to mull water, sewer fees – Myrtle Beach Sun News
– Conway council to mull water, sewer feesMyrtle Beach Sun News, SC – 1 hour agoFaced with rising water and sewer costs, City Council must decide if the city’s utility budget can absorb the increase
4:02 AM
Google Search: water rates drought saving
You might be saving water, but not money – Sun-Sentinel.com
– You might be saving water, but not moneySun-Sentinel.com, FL – 3 hours agoShould cities charge higher rates for water when South Florida is under water restrictions? Vote in our poll at Sun-Sentinel.c
3:37 AM
Google Search: water drought
Oro Valley declares Stage Two drought; asks residents to conserve … – Arizona Daily Star
– Oro Valley declares Stage Two drought; asks residents to conserve …Arizona Daily Star, AZ – 9 hours agoThe town of Oro Valley is in a Stage Two drought as of yesterday and is asking residents to red
3:37 AM
Google Search: water drought
Drought drives Aussies to nude carwash – Khaleej Times
– Drought drives Aussies to nude carwashKhaleej Times, United Arab Emirates – 4 hours agoThe ‘big dry’ has driven snakes into towns in search of water and sent thirst-crazed wild camels rampaging throug
3:37 AM
Google Search: water drought
Water-wise landscaping can deliver payoff – Business Edge
– Business EdgeWater-wise landscaping can deliver payoffBusiness Edge, Canada – 39 minutes agoHis company recommends planting the corners and edges of yards with drought-tolerant shrubs, trees and peren
3:01 AM
“water saving”
Public praised for water saving efforts – ABC Regional Online
– Public praised for water saving effortsABC Regional Online, Australia – 4 hours ago”Gippslanders have shown unbelievable amounts of leadership over the past summer period by instigating all sorts
3:01 AM
“water saving”
Govt stands by hold on water saving projects – ABC Online
– Govt stands by hold on water saving projectsABC Online, Australia – May 1, 2007The Victorian Government has defended its decision to hold off on major water savings projects for Victoria. Treasurer Jo
2:30 AM
Google Search: water restrictions
Nude car wash not a breach of water restrictions – NEWS.com.au
– Nude car wash not a breach of water restrictionsNEWS.com.au, Australia – 14 minutes agoA TOPLESS car wash in Brisbane has been cleared for operation after authorities found no laws or water restrictio
2:30 AM
Google Search: water restrictions
You might be saving water, but not money – Sun-Sentinel.com
– You might be saving water, but not moneySun-Sentinel.com, FL – 4 hours agoThat’s good news to the South Florida Water Management District, which imposed tougher water restrictions April 13, limiti
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Google Search: water restrictions
Drought Forces Consideration Of Heightened Water Restrictions – NBC6.net
– Drought Forces Consideration Of Heightened Water RestrictionsNBC6.net, FL – May 2, 2007While they consider imposing year-round water restrictions, the agency enforcing the current cutbacks said the da
2:01 AM
water sewer rates
Linden to hold hearings on sewer rates tonight – Journal and Courier
– Linden to hold hearings on sewer rates tonightJournal and Courier, IN – 21 hours agoThe town has proposed a 15 percent sewer rate increase. That follows a 66 percent increase in water rates, which too
2:01 AM
water sewer rates
Higher water rates hit for hurting poor – Washington Times
– Washington TimesHigher water rates hit for hurting poorWashington Times, DC – 4 hours agoThe proposed rate increases come after the agency raised water and sewer retail rates by more than 68 percent f
1:02 AM
Google Search: water rates drought saving
You might be saving water, but not money – Sun-Sentinel.com
– You might be saving water, but not moneySun-Sentinel.com, FL – 19 minutes agoShould cities charge higher rates for water when South Florida is under water restrictions? Vote in our poll at Sun-Sentine
12:37 AM
Google Search: water drought
Oro Valley residents asked to conserve water – FOX11AZ.com (subscription)
– Oro Valley residents asked to conserve waterFOX11AZ.com (subscription), AZ – 1 hour agoWater Utility Director Philip Saletta said, “Information about the drought conditions will be shared with custome
12:37 AM
Google Search: water drought
Drought Tough Plants – Central Florida News 13|
– Drought Tough PlantsCentral Florida News 13|, FL – 7 hours agoThe lack of rain in Central Florida is forcing many homeowners to spend more on water than they would like to care for their lawns and gar
May 3, 2007
“water saving”
City Council Recommends Water-Saving Plan – KXAN-TV
– City Council Recommends Water-Saving PlanKXAN-TV, TX – 10 hours agoThe recommendations include bans on outdoor watering between 10 am to 7 pm during the summer and another requires all Austin homes to
May 3, 2007
“water saving”
High demand may mean wait for water saving drip

Sunday Morning Hymn

April 8, 2007 at 4:10 pm | Posted in Emmitsburg, Laying it the line ;-), water line | Leave a comment

First stanza from the Catholic Mass for Easter 2007.

“Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia”

Father O’Malley talked about the importance of water in the Bible; from Moses parting the Red Sea to the healing water of Jesus.

Water had to be one of the most treasured commodities in the ancient world. Thus the use of water for baptism, the total immersion conversion of Baptist’s in rivers, holy water, and so still water is important to developing communities both in foreign lands and locally in Emmitsburg too.
Water in the body has been likened to sea water or the chemicals in our blood are as varied as chemicals in the oceans.

So clean water is prized, venerated, desired, allocated, metered, bottled,wasted and in this modern world the most precious commodity of all; for without water life could not exist.
I found this poem on Ken Jennings blog that seemed appropriate for Easter.

Emmitsburg Town Meeting

March 20, 2007 at 8:16 am | Posted in Emmitsburg, water line | 1 Comment

March 19 2007
The town managers report for the month of February 2007.
The towns water plant produced and bought from Mt. St Marys 348,069 GPD. Of that total only 325,399 GPD was delivered to the towns customers. Backwash water for the filters consumed 6.5% of the total produced and purchased.
The towns maximum water treatment capacity is 432,000 GPD.
The wastewater plant treated 429,000 GPD and the consumption was 325,399 GPD or 24% was “Wildwater” or inflitration and inflow into the sewer system from outside sources.

There were no raw sewerage spills in the month and the sewer plants design capacity was exceeded on three days. The design capacity is 800,000 GPD.

The Police report included the special enforcement inspection of trucks through Emmitsburg . Later in the meeting Catherine Forrence was lauded for her efforts to encourage SHA to inspect trucks passing through Main Street Emmitsburg. It was also suggested that the Town become more involved with SHA and traffic through Emmitsburg.

Agenda items included a formal presentation of the Town audit for FY 2006 ending June 30, 2006 by Michelle Mills of Draper & McGinley.

The Mayor asked for and the Commissioners approved several budget transfers in FY 2007 budget line items.

The towns snow removal policy was again discussed and remanded to the Streets Committe for study tonight March 20, 2007. The most contentious item is whether all streets in Emmitsburg be snow emergency/ no parking streets when snow falls as it was a year ago or to remain the same as it is now or to modify this years snow removal policy.

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