Poolesville hosted its “State of the Town,” Monday night at town hall, as officials received a briefing about the condition of the town’s finances, public works and parks.
Sam Miller, of Rager, Lehman and Houck, who audited the town’s finances, said the town had about $800,000 less in its reserves than it had last year, due in large part to expenses the town incurred in water supply treatments.
John Strong, the town’s engineer, told the commissioners that the 500,000 gallon water tower near the Poolesville High School would be back online by Jan. 15. A water pipe beneath the tower had broken earlier in December.
Preston King, of the Parks and Streets Department, said the town lost ten trees during Hurricane Sandy, but could have lost far more.
“Trees were off the roads within 15-20 minutes,” he said. “Our goal was if there was a medical emergency, crews could get to it.”
Matt Warfield, of the Water and Sewer Department, told the town officials that with the increase in water main breaks and the increase in the town’s population, his department would need additional personnel and equipment. A recent water main break had them digging through pavement for three hours, he said. Just four people deal with the town’s entire water and sewer department, he said.
Craig Warfield, who runs the town’s wastewater treatment plant, said his department was in a similar situation. He or the town’s other wastewater treatment plant employee are always on call.
Doug McKenney, chairman of the Parks, Streets, and Recreation Board, presented information about the feasibility of new soccer fields or a sports complex. The cost could run between $1.8 million and $6 million dollars, he said. He also recommended installing closed circuit cameras at some of the town’s parks to protect them from vandalism and crime.