Town newsletter would not carry ads

December 28, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

After 20 minutes of discussion and debate last night, the Union Bridge Town Council tabled its vote on whether to allow ads in the town's newsletter until the matter could be thought out more clearly.

The idea seemed simple enough: interested patrons could buy an ad in the town newsletter for $10. There would be no more than four ads on a page. Ads would run on the front and back.

Councilman Selby Black made a motion to accept that proviso, which was seconded by Councilman Bret Grossnickle.

But questions concerning who would prepare the ads were raised, and council members and residents ducked to avoid the responsibility.

Councilman Selby Black suggested that Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. appoint a committee to settle things.

"I'm not appointing a committee," Mayor Jones said matter-of-factly. "We have too many committees where people don't show up now, and I'm not heading one up."

The matter was closed for the time being when Councilmen Black and Grossnickle withdrew their support until a resolution could be found.

The council also agreed to look into purchasing outdoor lights for Town Hall after deciding the prices quoted by Potomac Edison were "ridiculous."

The electric company told Councilwoman Bonnie Hyde that it would cost nearly $8,000 to provide and install light posts for the front, parking lot and side areas of the building.

In other business, Mayor Jones warned residents that their cars would be towed if they are parked on Main Street when a snow emergency plan is in effect for state roads.

The town snow plows were impeded Sunday and yesterday by cars parked along the street.

Also, Town Attorney John T. Maguire II introduced an amendment to the town's zoning ordinance that would allow for more flexibility in new developments.

A public meeting on the zoning amendment is scheduled for the next council meeting, at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in Town Hall.

Mayor Jones closed the regular session to meet with the council and Mr. Maguire to discuss the letter of credit on the Phillips property development.

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