FROM THE MAYOR’S DESK
Here we are with another year nearly gone and with good riddance. This
year has seen many changes with most being negative as the economy continues
to suffer and more people lose their jobs. I hope that 2009 will be a
year filled with change of the positive sort. All levels of government
will have to work together to solve these issues and stop the partisan
politics or we will never recover from this recession. When we elect someone
to represent us in government, it is with the hope that they will vote
on the issues, as we would, not as the party to which they belong mandates;
it is not possible for one party to always be right and the other wrong.
We need elected officials that can and will vote their beliefs without
fear of falling out of favor with their respective parties or being re-elected.
Barack Obama was elected on the prospect of change, but I think he will
find that change is not only difficult to initiate, but hard to control,
and some things you just can't fix. However, no matter if you love him
or hate him, he is our next President and deserves full cooperation from
everyone so that he has the chance to be the great leader that we so desperately
need, I for one hope that he is. Good luck to you all in the coming year.
Bret D. Grossnickle, Mayor
UNION BRIDGE RESIDENT DEPUTY
Greetings Union Bridge and Happy New Year: I hope the New Year is
off to a good start. As my one-year anniversary serving The Town of Union
Bridge has arrived, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone
for their support. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving the citizens of Union
Bridge and look forward to the coming year. In my opinion, we did a pretty
good job in keeping our community safe, and we will only get better. Wishing
everyone success in the New Year.
Thought for this issue: "Nothing in the world can take the place
of persistence. Talent will not: Nothing is more common than unrewarded
talent. Education alone will not: The world is full of educated failures.
Persistence alone is omnipotent." Calvin Coolidge
Vince Pacelli, DFC
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
410-386-2900 ext. 4159
Grant Project Update
Farquhar Street Sidewalk Improvements -
As a follow -up to the previous article, the town has moved forward with
the advertising for the project engineer to develop the specifications
to install new sidewalks, curbing, and handicapped ramps along Farquhar
Street. The town received a $195,300 grant from the Community Development
Block Grant (CDBG) toward the sidewalk improvements. The town hopes to
have documents ready for bid by early spring. The completion of the new
Farquhar Street sidewalks will contribute to the new roadway already funded
by Carroll County and Lehigh Cement Company.
Community Park Trail System and Storage Building -
The town has also moved forward with the planned Community Park improvements.
The Mayor and Town Council have approved a bid from Hoover's Grading and
Paving. The town is preparing the contract, and construction is planned
to start in the beginning of 2009.
For additional information on any of the above projects, please contact
Jared Schumacher at the Town Office at 410-775-2711. Have a Merry Christmas
and a safe and happy New Year.
If you have an interest in preserving and promoting Union Bridge history
or you would just like to earn more about your town, please join the Heritage
Committee on Thursday, January 8, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. We will
be planning our calendar of events for 2009. All are welcome. Contact:
Kathy Erb, 410-775-7450, firstname.lastname@example.org
West Carroll Rec. Council
West Carroll serves Union Bridge, New Windsor and surrounding areas. Anyone
interested in Rec. Council programs or events is welcome to attend our
meetings. Please note, our meeting date and location has changed. Meetings
will now be held the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 PM in the "Community
Room" at the newly renovated Old New Windsor School /County Government
Offices/Library Administration Offices at 1100 Green Valley Rd. (Rt. 75)
near Main St., New Windsor.
Next Meeting Dates: January 12th & February 9th.
For general information about West Carroll programs, contact Community
Coordinator, Penny Rockwood at 410-775-1506. Another source to check for
upcoming sports registrations is "RecZone", found in the back
of the Sports section of the Carroll County Times on Sundays.
Benefit Basket Bingo
Vera Bradley/Basket Bingo benefit for Reverend Dick Michael.
January 16th at Union Bridge Fire Hall.
Doors open at 5:00 P.M.
Game starts at 7:00 P.M.
For Tickets call Missy 410-775-2872. Tickets $20.00
Donations call Nancy 410-775-2709.
Shriner Court Apartments
Senior Housing Community is accepting applications for occupancy.
Apartment amenities include the following:
-One- bedroom apartments
-Convenient one-level living - no stairs
-Garbage disposals and trash pickup at your door
-Fire alarms and sprinkler system in each apartment
-On-site laundry facilities
-Community Building for recreation and socializing
-Plenty of parking at your front door
-Located near Union Bridge Community Center
Rents are subject to change. Some income restrictions apply. For more
information and a tour, contact Quantum Real Estate Management at 410-775-2940.
TO THE CITIZENS OF UNION BRIDGE:
THREE MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL WILL BE ELECTED.
ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2009 7:00 A.M., TO 8:00 P.M.
LOCATION: TOWN HALL,104 WEST LOCUST STREET
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TOWN ELECTIONS:
Voter Registration: It is necessary to be registered in order to vote
in Town elections. If you are already registered with the County to vote
in county, state, and federal elections, you are automatically registered
to vote in Town elections. If you wish to vote in only the Town election
you may register at the Town Hall during regular hours, 8 A.M. to 4:30
P.M. Monday through Friday. Registration will close on Sunday, April 12,
Qualifications of voters:
1. You must be a citizen of the United States.
2. You must be at least eighteen (18) years of age on or before Election
3. You must have resided within the corporate limits at least thirty (30)
days prior to the Election.
4. You must be registered to vote.
Qualifications of Candidates for Mayor and Council:
1. You must have resided within the Corporate limits for at least one
2. You must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
3. You must be a qualified voter of the Town.
***Terms of office are for four (4) years***
A candidate for office must file a "Certificate of Nomination"
with the Town Clerk, no later than 4:00 P.M. Monday, April 13, 2009.
Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please call the
Town Hall, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00
A.M. until 4:30 P.M., at 410-775-2711.
SEWER LINE BLOCKAGES
RESIDENTS: If your sewer line becomes blocked please contact the Town
Hall at 410-775-2711 before calling a plumber.
Water & Sewer Emergencies
Please page Amy Kalin at 410-899-1200
AVAILBLE FOR WEDDINGS, PARTIES, AND REUNIONS.
CALL THE TOWN OFFICE TO INQUIRE ABOUT RENTING THE COMMUNITY CENTER FOR
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT MAIN STREET, ROUTE 75, IS A SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTE.
NO PARKING IS ALLOWED WHEN THE SNOW EMERGENCY PLAN IS IN EFFECT.
ORDINANCE #263 B-2
Owner or occupants of premises fronting on any street with paved sidewalks
shall remove any snow and ice from the traveled portions of the sidewalk,
to a width of at least 30", within 24 hours after snow or ice ceases
WISHING YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR!