FROM THE MAYOR’S DESK
It is budget time again and we were able to balance it without raising
taxes. This was no small feat as the economy has impacted all levels of
government as hard as any individual. Aside from user fee- based items
like water and sewer, which are based on consumption, most of the Town's
income is generated from property, income, gasoline, and sales taxes.
When the economy slows down, income to the town is reduced. This reduction
means less money for streets, lights and trash removal to name a few.
Government is about service and service comes with a price. One of the
easiest ways to curb spending is to waste less and recycle more. Every
item that is recycled or reused is an item for which we don't pay a tipping
fee at the landfill. The current tipping fee is $76.00 per ton and we
generate about eight tons per week. As you can see, recycling and reuse
have the potential to save a lot of our tax dollars.
We have an election coming up in May for three council seats so don't
forget to get your name in if you are interested in serving or to vote
if you are not. Voting is the second most important thing one can do to
impact the direction of government. The first is to get involved by running
for office, serving on a committee or just coming to a meeting so that
you better understand how things actually work. See you at the polls and
at a meeting?
Bret D. Grossnickle, Mayor
UNION BRIDGE RESIDENT DEPUTY
Vince Pacelli, DFC
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
410-386-2900 ext. 4159
Grant Project Update
New Recreational Storage Building -
The Town has been working with the West Carroll Recreation Council toward
finding suitable storage for park and recreational equipment. The town
has hired a contractor to complete this project. The old storage building
has been demolished and will be replaced with a 20×30-foot storage
structure. The new facility will be built near the large baseball diamond
adjacent to Ladiesburg Road. Funding for this new facility will come from
a grant the town obtained through Maryland Program Open Space. The $130,000
POS grant will be matched by $14,500 from The Town of Union Bridge and
Carroll County. This grant amount also includes money for a future trail
system at the Community Park, with construction planned to start this
Infrastructure Funding Applications
The Town is planning to apply for grant funding for several infrastructure
projects. Applications are due by the end of February to the Maryland
Department of the Environment. Union Bridge has several water and wastewater
projects they would like to obtain grant funding for. These project applications
may be eligible for grant funding through the Federal Stimulus Recovery
Package. The Town is also looking into programs through the State Highway
Administration (SHA) for sidewalk grant funding.
For additional information on any of the above projects, please contact
Jared Schumacher at the Town Office at 410-775-2711.
If anyone has any recommendations for community improvement projects or
recreational facilities, please contact Jared Schumacher at the Town Office
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: March 9th & April 13th.
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.
The Fireman's Carnival will be held the last week of May. We will have
a silent auction this year on Friday evening. We are in need of auction
items. Please consider donating an item or a service that will make this
a BIG SUCCESS. Do you have something that someone else might think is
a treasure? Artwork, antiques, collectibles or jewelry are all possibilities.
Maybe your workplace could donate an item; would you ask? We appreciate
your support, and will see you at the carnival.
Please contact Karen Kotarski at 410-775-7197 or Glenda Etzler at 410-775-2509
for additional information or for pickup of you item.
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
- Wall-to-wall carpeting
- Modern kitchens
- Garbage disposals & trash pickup at your door
- Fire alarms & sprinkler system in each apartment
- On-site laundry facilities
- Community Building for recreation & 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
TO THE CITIZENS OF UNION BRIDGE: THREE MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL WILL BE
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,
Qualification 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.
Qualification 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.
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.
JUNK VEHICLES REMINDER
The town will be checking for "Junk Vehicles" in the near future.
Ordinance #276 does not allow "Junk Vehicles" within the corporate
limits of Union Bridge. To review this ordinance, please contact the Town
Hall at 410-775-2711 between the hours of 8:00 and 4:30.