FROM THE MAYOR’S DESK
I was asked at last month's meeting why water and sewer bills are so high
when some use very little water. We charge a base amount for both water
and sewer to cover the costs associated with having the facilities in
place to provide service regardless of production or treatment. These
are the wells, pumps, filters, blowers, tanks, chemicals, etc. that are
required to provide water and sewer services. Any charges as a result
of actual usage are then added to this amount. I know this seems unfair
to those that use small amounts of water, but we must maintain the ability
to provide them with whatever amount they need at all times. Our operating
costs continue to increase and must then be passed on to the customer.
Water and Sewer must pay for themselves as no moneys from the General
Fund may be used. That is the law. It is our responsibility to provide
you with high quality drinking water and to treat the waste to acceptable
levels for release to the stream. The only way to reduce the cost to those
that can least afford it would be to pass those costs along to everyone
else, and that is something we have been unwilling to do. Thank you for
Bret D. Grossnickle, Mayor
UNION BRIDGE RESIDENT DEPUTY
Greetings Union Bridge: I hope everyone's summer is off to a good
start. The carnival was a great success and I enjoyed meeting and talking
with many of you. There was considerable concern expressed about the recent
graffiti incidents; unfortunately all I can say is that it is under investigation.
During the summer months we can expect an increase in vehicle and pedestrian
traffic. Keep an eye out for children, and when away from your homes and
vehicles please remember to lock up.
I am continually impressed with the sense of community found in Union
Bridge. Together we can make a difference. Remember; if you are not part
of the solution, you are part of the problem.
Vince Pacelli, DFC
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
410-386-2900 ext. 4159
West Carroll Rec Council
Meetings are held the 3rd Monday of the month at the Union Bridge Town
Hall at 7 p.m. Next public meeting Aug. 18, 2008.
SUMMER YOUTH RUGBY - Contact Tom Crushong at 410-848-4976.
FALL SOCCER - Contact Sandy Rohwein at 410-635-3015.
FOOTBALL - Contact Chaz Shrodes at 410-751-9795.
WEST CARROLL REBELS COMPETITIVE CHEER SQUAD -
Contact Chris Alban 443-277-1305 or Tabby Norwood at 410-746-1361.
For more information on programs call Penny Rockwood at 410-775-1506.
UNION BRIDGE AREA HERITAGE COMMITTEE
Note cards honoring the history of Union Bridge are now available for
purchase. The note cards feature images reproduced from the Donald Sipes
historic postcard collection. A package of twelve note cards featuring
four selected images with envelopes can be purchased for $10. They, as
well as T-shirts embroidered with " Union Bridge, Maryland"
and a train, were first offered by the Union Bridge Area Heritage Committee
on Depot Day and are now available for purchase continually at the Union
Bridge General Store. The T-shirts can be purchased for $15. All proceeds
will be used by the Heritage Committee to further preserve and celebrate
the unique history of Union Bridge.
The note cards are also available for purchase at Esquire Liquors and
Buttersburg Inn as well as at Union Bridge Area Heritage Committee meetings.
The next meeting will be held Thursday, July 3, at 7:00 p.m. at the Town
Hall. Everyone is welcome to come share your ideas and learn how you can
participate in preserving our town's history. Contact: Amy Simpson, 410-775-0151,
HISTORIC FARM PHOTOS
Carroll County Historical Society is looking for farm photos dating from
1950 or before. Photos will be used in a photo history book of Carroll
County farming and related items. For more info please call Lyndi McNulty
The Historical Society of Carroll County is planning a bus trip that holds
particular interest for Union Bridge area residents. Part of the trip
focuses on Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore where William Henry Rinehart
was buried. Visitors will see Rinehart's original sculpture, "Love
Reconciled with Death," which was reproduced and installed last year
at Main Street and Broadway in Union Bridge. Please contact the Historical
Society directly for information and reservations. This will be a fascinating
Journey to Baltimore
Join HSCC as we travel to Baltimore on Thursday, September 18, and visit
two extraordinary historic sites. First is Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore's
first garden cemetery and one of the earliest in the nation. Among the
more than 78,000 graves at Green Mount are those of at least eight governors
of Maryland. A guided tour by historian Wayne R. Schaumburg will introduce
us to some of the cemetery's famous residents, with an emphasis on Union
Bridge native William Henry Rinehart (1825-1874) whose works and grave
are in Green Mount.
After lunch at the Valley Inn, we're off to Hampton National Historic
Site, home to the Ridgely family from 1695 to 1979. Between 1783 and 1790,
Captain Charles Ridgely built a magnificent house on his 24,000-acre property.
When completed, the house would be the largest in the United States. After
a guided tour of the mansion, there will be time to explore the grounds
The bus will depart form the parking lot on Ralph Street behind the Church
of the Ascension in Westminster at 9:00 a.m. and will return at 5:00.
The trip includes transportation, admissions, and lunch. Reservations
are required; no refunds can be made for cancellations received after
the reservation deadline. Please call HSCC at 410-848-6494 for reservations
and menu selections.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
On Tuesday, August 5th, 2008, from 7-9 P.M., the residents of Union Bridge
are asked to participate in the "25th Annual National Night Out"
(NNO). This is a unique event where Union Bridge will spread our anti-crime
and anti-drug message.
National Night Out is designed to:
1) Heighten crime and prevention awareness
2) Generate support for, and participation in local anticrime programs
3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and
4) Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are
organized and fighting back.
"Lights On Means Lights Out for Crime". We are encouraging residents
throughout Union Bridge to show your support for crime and drug prevention
on August 5th by turning on your porch lights. Everyone agrees that properly
lighted houses and businesses deter crime and drug activity
Our sheriff's department and our fire department are actively involved
in National Night Out. The Carroll Media Center will cover this event.
This is a night for the residents of Union Bridge to stand together to
promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity. There will be snacks,
drinks, giveaways, and gifts. Please join us on Tuesday, August 5th from
7-9 P.M. at Union Bridge Town Square for National Night Out. We want this
event to be meaningful and fun for everyone. We are expecting great success
for our National Night Out!
Surveillance began on Tuesday, June 10, 2008. Surveillance will be conducted
between 8:00p.m. and 12:00a.m. Spraying for adult mosquitoes will be in
strict compliance with label instructions and according to integrated
pest management guidelines. The minimum density of the adult mosquito
populations necessary for spraying is measured as a landing rate count
of three female mosquitoes in two minutes or a light trap collections
of 24 female mosquitoes per night in a baited trap. Please forward mosquito
complaints to one of the offices listed below. Spraying is done only under
favorable weather conditions when the wind speed is 10 mph or less, the
air temperature is 56-85º F and there is no precipitation.
This spray schedule should be made available to your residents. Please
forward any comments, suggestions, or complaints to the Central Maryland
Mosquito Control Office, 8071 Greenmead Drive, College Park, Maryland
20740, phone (301) 422-5080, fax (301) 442-0502; Forest Pest Management
office, (301) 662-2074 or e-mail: email@example.com
Union Bridge Youth Committee
3on3 Basketball Tournaments will be held on a monthly basis this summer
at the Community Center basketball court. The next monthly meeting will
be held on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Buttersburg Inn.
For any questions call Matt Gibbons at 410-775-1570
The Town and Hughes Trash and Recycling will provide to newly constructed
homes one free recycling container. Damaged containers may be replaced
but you must take your broken container to the Town Hall. Additional containers
may be purchased at the Town Hall for $10.00.
Passed Resolution #02-08, water usage increase from $2.50 per 1000 gallons
to $3.00 per 1,000 gallons, effective July 1, 2008.
Passed Resolution 03-08, sewer usage increase from $3.00 per 1,000 gallons
to $3.50 per 1,000 gallons, effective July 1, 2008
ORDINANCE # 304
Passed Ordinance #304, provide for the amortization of nonconforming uses
involving farm animals within the municipal limits of The Town of Union
AVAILBLE FOR WEDDINGS, PARTIES, AND REUNIONS.
CALL THE TOWN OFFICE TO INQUIRE ABOUT RENTING THE COMMUNITY CENTER FOR
Water & Sewer Emergencies
Please page Amy Kalin at 410-899-1200
SEWER LINE BLOCKAGES
RESIDENTS: If your sewer line becomes blocked please contact the Town
Hall at 410-775-2711 before calling a plumber.
SAFE 4TH OF JULY**