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When downtown Union Bridge gets a jump-start in the Maryland Main Streets Program, it will be all business.

The Town Council voted last week to classify the area as a business district rather than a tourist center when the town applies for the state grant to revamp its main drag.

"We're going to revitalize it in the Main Streets Program, and we had to choose which area we wanted it designated for," said Clerk-Treasurer Kathleen D. Kreimer. "They [council members] decided they wanted to gear everything toward business."

The council's vote is the first step in the process for the town, Ms. Kreimer said. The town must apply for the program and have one of the representatives visit Union Bridge to look over the Main Street area.

Brenda Dinne, the town's county planning liaison, will work on the project, Ms. Kreimer said.

In other business last week, a draft of the amended nuisance ordinance was introduced.

Town Attorney John T. Maguire III suggested several months ago that the council update the antiquated law, which dealt with problems that either no longer are prevalent in town or are issues that are covered by other laws.

For example, under the current ordinance, a dog can be put to death for barking and disturbing the community.

The council expects to vote on the revised ordinance at next month's meeting.

Town officials said they expect to move into their new office building on Locust Street soon.

Ms. Kreimer said yesterday the move could take place within a week.

Officials are waiting for sidewalks to be put in and corrections to be made to a handicapped ramp, which is too steep to meet regulations, she said.

As the office building nears completion, the Town Office Funding Committee is gearing up for several events to raise money for the project.

The group will sell baked goods at 10 a.m. Saturday at an auction on Farquhar Street.

A fund-raising breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Oct. 17 at the Community Center on Ladiesburg Road. The menu will include eggs any style, bacon, pancakes and home-fried potatoes.

For information about either event, call Councilwoman Vicki Greenwood at 775-2275 or the town office at 775-2711.

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