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Taneytown to aid downtown study


The Taneytown City Council will contribute $5,000 toward a feasibility study for the downtown revitalization project.

The City Council voted Wednesday during a special meeting to add the money to a $10,000 state grant that Taneytown recently received from the Maryland Small Cities Community Block Grant Program, a division of the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

The project is intended to renovate the "town square" area at East Baltimore Street and Francis Scott Key Highway.

Officials were told last year that the study would cost $15,000. City Clerk-Treasurer Linda M. Hess said it will take three months to complete the study.

In other business, the council received a copy of the job description for city recreational director.

Ms. Hess, who wrote the description, said the recreational director will work 40 hours a week from April until September or October. The director will not work late fall to early spring, when activities are not scheduled in any city parks.

The recreational director is someone who will oversee the city's parks, Ms. Hess said. The director will take care of activities that are being handled by city employees.

"All recreation in Taneytown has been sort of done in pieces. Utility people have been working with different organizations to figure out field schedules," she said. "The city office has been taking park reservations and I was overseeing the pool."

Ms. Hess said that after the council approves the job description, the city will advertise the position.

The city has recreational facilities at Taneytown Memorial Park, Taneytown High School Recreation Park and Roth Avenue Park.

A committee is working on a recommendation for activities and regulations for the new Taneytown Rod and Gun Club Park.

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