SYKESVILLE LEGION EXPANDS BUILDING — School bids awarded
The Board of Education met for a brief end-of-the-fiscal-year meeting Friday morning and awarded several bids.
The largest contract was for building a storm-water management pond and septic disposal field at the Mechanicsville Elementary School. The lowest bid was $223,489 from Meekins Construction.
Other contracts awarded included:
* A bus loop at Westminster High School, Stambaugh's Inc. for $54,980.
* Cafeteria supplies from Calico for $28,467.
* Carpeting at North Carroll High School from Towne Pride
Interiors for $14,668.
Dinner meeting planned
SYKESVILLE -- Sykesville officials attending the Maryland Municipal League convention in Ocean City today through Tuesday will have an informal dinner and social meeting at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow.
The retreat, as Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. is calling the gathering, will be at Condominium 302, owned by Helt's wife, Ruth Gray, on 77th Street.
"It's just shop talk. There's nothing specific on an agenda, except we will be talking about recycling," Helt said. "I want it to be a free exchange of ideas between all of us."
The mayor, council, town manager and police chief normally attend the convention, which Helt said is useful for officials to find out about programs and ideas that save the town money.
"Each official who goes must justify the expense by finding a program or something that will benefit the town," Helt said.
The retreat was briefly canceled after the legality was questioned of a quorum of town officials meeting in such a setting. Helt said that after consulting Council President Kenneth Clark, he decided to go ahead with the retreat.
"The public and the media are welcome to attend and bring their ideas for the town," Helt said.
Details of the meeting have been posted in the Town House. Helt added that any issues introduced at the Ocean City retreat would be brought up at the July 13 Town Council meeting.
SYKESVILLE -- American Legion Post 223 began work last March on a $700,000 expansion and remodeling of its building on Slacks Road.
Commander William T. Hare said the extension will increase seating capacity from 140 to 400.
The new section will include offices, a meeting room and larger kitchen. The existing building will be remodeled into a lounge and bar that will seat about 40 people.
"This is a nice place for veterans to come and bring their families," he said.
The post has about 430 regular members, plus a Ladies Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion groups. With a good number of veterans in the area, Hare hopes to increase membership once the expansion is finished.
Until construction is complete, the post has suspended renting out its hall for parties.