Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windso * Uniontown


December 31, 1992

Alarm fetches firefighters frequently

Volunteer firefighters from Taneytown and Harney responded an alarm sounding in a vacant factory on Broad Street in Taneytown at 5:07 p.m. Tuesday.

The call lasted nearly two hours as firefighters worked to shut off water from a broken sprinkler.

By 3:52 a.m. Wednesday, both departments were making their fifth trip to the same site and tempers were a little frayed, said Taneytown Chief Jim Salley.

BTC "After that, we told them not to alert us anymore," said the chief. "Each time, we found a sprinkler alarm malfunctioning."

ADT monitors the alarms and is unable to discern whether the call is real or not. The security company automatically calls the fire department, said the chief.

Other residents of the street had few complaints. The activity didn't disturb their rest.

"They didn't use the sirens and whistles," said Charles Bell of Broad Street.

"If I hadn't been up, they wouldn't have woken me."

Union Bridge to install wood light poles

The Union Bridge Town Council voted this week to spend nearly $2,800 to install wooden poles with overhead lights along Honeysuckle Lane.

Monthly charges for the lighting system for the small street will be $8.86 for each of the five poles being placed at the northern end of town.

The town had been planning to put lights on the street since early this year, when the council was considering six colonial lamp posts instead of the five wooden ones.

Councilwoman Bonnie Hyde said the town would save over $2,000 by going with the wooden poles and overhead lights.

"Installation of the colonial lamp post would be $4,901.80, with a monthly charge of $20.20 per post," Ms. Hyde said. "We'd be saving a lot of money going with the wooden poles."

The council voted unanimously to install the wooden fixtures.

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