Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

August 10, 2004

Union Bridge gets $175,000 grant for parking lot upgrade

Union Bridge will expand and improve a downtown parking lot with a grant from the state Department of Housing and Community Development, town officials said.

The $175,000 Community Development Block Grant will help to pay for additional spaces and improvements to the parking lot at Main Street and Broadway, said Mayor Bret D. Grossnickle and Town Consultant James L. Schumacher.

"It will probably be next year before it's done," Grossnickle said. "The fact we received this grant is going to help. I think it will really enhance what we're trying to do on Main Street."

The grant is in addition to the Main Street revitalization project now under way with the State Highway Administration, Schumacher said. Work on the parking lot will not begin until after completion of new curbs and gutters as part of that project, probably in October.

The Broadway and Main Street intersection is to be fashioned as a town square as part of the $2.7 million Main Street project, which involves about three-quarters of a mile on Route 75 through town, from its southern boundary north to the bridge over Little Pipe Creek. Plans also include road resurfacing, drainage improvements, patterned concrete, ornamental iron fencing, new welcome signs and landscaping

Union Bridge fills empty Town Council seat

Lou Ellen Cutsail has been selected to complete the term of a Union Bridge councilwoman who stepped down in May because she was moving out of town.

Cutsail, 44, who ran for a council seat in the town elections of May last year, will serve out the term of Dawn M. Metcalf until May, said Grossnickle.

Cutsail served recently on a town committee studying a proposed ordinance that would have penalized residents after two nuisance calls to the police. The ordinance withered in the heat of opposition from residents who packed Town Hall for a public hearing in March.

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