Council undecided over need for recreation director

February 15, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

The Taneytown City Council could not decide whether the city needs a recreation director to supervise and coordinate activities at town parks.

After reviewing the job description written by City Clerk-Treasurer Linda M. Hess, Councilman Thomas J. Denike said he was still unclear about the purpose of the position.

"I'm still not sure what this person is going to do," Mr. Denike told the council during last night's monthly meeting. "Let's not just set up another person to come in here and not know what they're doing."

Several council members and a few residents tried to clarify the rec director's role for Mr. Denike. But many of the ideas seemed somewhat vague.

"The person will develop activities for the parks, implement those activities and supervise the people in those activities to make sure the people are adhering to the rules that govern the parks and activities," Councilman James L. McCarron said. "He will become the park czar."

"A good rec director should come in and tell us what they want to do," Councilman W. Robert Flickinger said.

Joe Ebaugh, president of the local Little League, agreed with Mr. Denike. He said he believes people in the community are doing what the director would do, except they are organizing things under the auspices of civic and social groups such as Little League and the recreation council.

Councilman Henry C. Heine Jr. said the city needs someone to work with those groups on behalf of the city.

The council made no decision in the matter last night.

In other business, residents Steve and Susan Stambaugh will not have to pay the standard fees for connecting their home to city water and sewer service.

The council voted to offer the Stambaughs the hook-up rate that applied to new users in 1979, when the couple built their home on George Street.

No one on the City Council seemed to know what the rate had been 15 years ago, but Councilman Flickinger said he thought the fee was $750 for sewer and the same for water connection.

The Stambaughs told the council they felt they should not have to pay $5,700 to connect to city utilities because they had been denied the service when they first asked for it 15 years ago, Ms. Stambaugh said.

"The city manager at the time told us that we couldn't be annexed unless her father's 27 acres was annexed in at the same time," Mr. Stambaugh said of a conversation his wife had with former City Manager Neal Powell.

Mrs. Stambaugh's father's land has since become the Sarah's Choice development on George Street.

Current city officials said they knew nothing of the Stambaughs being denied annexation.

The Stambaughs will have to pay only for connection to the system, the council decided.

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