Town Tax Rate To Remain 70 Cents; Budget Presented; To Swear In Newly-Elected, Discuss Drainage Plan

May 15, 1969

A budget totaling $43,558, based on a town tax rate of 70 cents per $100, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, was introduced Monday evening, May 12, at the regular meeting of the Mayor and Council of Sykesville.

An ordinance establishing the tax rate and setting forth the proposed budget appears on another page of this week’s Herald.

The budget was prepared by Councilmen Alvin Howes , William Brandenburg and Francis Manner.

The Mayor and council is to be held Monday evening, May 19, at the Town House.

At 7:30 p.m., recently-elected members of the council are to be sworn in by Mayor H. C. Jefferson. They are John L. Shipley, G. Norman Crump and John K. Welsh Jr. Earlier, the Mayor is to administered the oath of office by the Clerk of Court at Westminster.

At 8 p.m. all members of the council—new, holdover and outgoing—have been invited to hear Engineer Leonard Glass, of the Matz-Child firm, present and discuss plans for a drainage system for Sykesville.

The May 12 meeting was the last regular session for two retiring members of the council, Alvin L. Howes and Henry Forsyth. All other members of the council—William Brandenburg, Mrs. Thelma Wimmer, John Shipley and Francis Manner—were present. Mayor Jefferson presided.

The Mayor reported that developers of the Monfred and Sugarman subdivisions have approved the requirements of a public works agreement with the town and that construction is to get underway soon. First of the proposed new apartments are expected to be ready by this Fall.

After hearing quotations by two contractors, the Council voted to engage the firm of Thomas, Bennett, and Hunter, Westminster, to do the grading for an enlarged town parking lot.

The Council also decided that the town pay the local volunteer fire company’s quarterly water bill, based on a 5/8ths meter.

The town officials considered a request by the Sykesville Woman’s Club to meet at the Town House on the second Monday of each month beginning in October, The mayor and Council approved this request and indicated there would be no charge. A spokesman said the club would contribute something toward heating and maintenance costs.

The Council approved the painting of the town f=garbage truck and the porch and steps of the Town House.

Mayor Jefferson recommended that future elections be held in the town House. It was also suggested that the town’s registration records be sealed and placed in the Sykesville bank vault as a safeguard against fire and loss.

The town officials directed Mrs. Thelma Wimmer, local beautification chairman, to send letters to owners of several business properties suggesting their cooperation in the Spring campaign to clean up unsightly back yards.


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