Citizens praise work of police chief, officers

December 15, 1992|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

A Taneytown resident and the president of a local civic organization braved an hour's worth of city council business just to praise the work of Police Chief Melvin Diggs and his four officers last night.

Richard Feeser, owner of Agway Inc. on Frederick Street, and Jeff Brauning, president of the Taneytown Jaycees, showed their appreciation for the policemen's efforts, saying they believed the council should be made aware of the force's impact on the town's citizens.

"Earlier this fall, the store got broken into and they [burglars] took a lot of equipment and things," Mr. Feeser said. "But thanks to a neighbor and the quick response of the police, we were able to apprehend them on the lot."

Mr. Feeser also said that when he went to tell the police about the burglary on his construction site on Mayberry Road in October, Chief Diggs already had confiscated his equipment from the thieves.

"They've helped us out so much, we just wanted to say thanks," said Mr. Brauning, who added that his organization will donate $1,000 to the city police. "They helped us with control and safety when the [Haunted] barn was running."

The Taneytown Jaycees also are donating $1,000 to the Carroll County Sheriff's Department for the same reason, Mr. Brauning said.

"The police force is doing a real good job," Mr. Feeser said. "I just wanted to pass that on."

In other business, the city council unanimously accepted an "amended and restated" version of its insurance and health benefits, although some members said they found the wording of the new resolution difficult to understand.

Councilman Thomas J. Denike said the resolution contained too many repetitions. Councilman Henry C. Heine said he thought the resolution did not make sense.

The resolution did not change the benefits or the price of the insurance currently covering the city's 12 employees, said City Manager Joseph A. Mangini Jr.

All members of the Maryland Municipal League must comply by enacting a similar resolution to continue membership, Mr. Mangini said.

He also reported that the city's sewer cleaning and televising project has been halted until the ground surrounding some of the lines freezes. The heavy machinery needed to complete the examination of the damaged sewer system would get stuck in the wet ground around the pipes on Frederick Street if the engineers and workers tried to continue the job, he said.

The town began working on the lines in November, trying to locate the source of infiltration that was overloading the system by 100 percent, Mr. Mangini said. The engineers found that storm water runoff was leaking into the damaged lines.

"There is about 2,500 feet of line under wet ground that we really can't get to," Mr. Mangini said.

Work should resume sometime in January, he said.

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