Welcome to Mtn. Lake Park!

Leaf pickup ended Nov. 27.

Wooddell Park is now closed for the winter.

Check out Chautauqua Documentary. Podcast. Guided Tour App (look for "Mountain Chautauqua - Historic Mountain Lake Park" at the end of a long list).

Brush Pickup - will resume on April 26th and will continue on the last Friday of each month through September 2019.

Mtn. Lake Park is rich in history and character.  It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.  It is a fine example of a Victorian resort that grew out of two American activities of the nineteenth century: spiritual renewal and educational / recreational assembly.  

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Town Services

Trash Pickup 

This service is provided by a local trash collector on the following schedule: Tuesdays for north of Route 135 and Wednesdays for south of Route 135. Per week, each residence may set out for garbage pickup five 30-gallon bags of household trash, or the equivalent. To prevent animals from scattering trash, place bags in trash cans with lids. Trash should be set out by 6:30 a.m. to ensure pickup. 

Snow Removal 

Snow removal service is provided during and after winter storms.  State Highways are maintained by the Maryland State Highway Administration, county roads by the Garrett County Roads Department, and secondary roads the Town of Mountain Lake Park. After a winter storm, if you would like to have the area of road in front of your home taken care of by the Town, please move your cars to another location so the plows have access to that area. Please do not place trash cans in the road, they interfere with snow plowing.

Grass and Leaf Collection - Changed to Thursdays!

Collection will be held every Thursday until Fall pickup, when the truck will run daily if necessary. Collection will continue until November 15th, weather permitting. Do not bag these items. Please rake leaves and grass to the roadways. Items may not be put by the street until the day before the scheduled pickup.

Brush and Sticks Pickup - Pickups for 2019 are over; they will resume in April 2020

Brush and sticks pickup will take place on the last Friday of each month, beginning in the Spring (check the Town News in The Republican newspaper for the beginning date) and continuing through September.  This pickup is limited to small limbs and sticks and must be placed along the roadway for pickup.  The Town will not pick up brush resulting from tree removal or lot clearing. No root balls will be picked up. If a large pile exists, the homeowner will be responsible for removal. Items may not be put by the street until the day before the scheduled pickup. Maximum length of pieces is six feet. Maximum diameter is 4 inches. Maximum volume is four feet high by four feet wide by twelve feet long (4x4x12).

Bulk Collection 

Bulk collection is for large items the weekly trash collector will not pick up. In 2019 this service will be offered on the first and third Mondays of June, July and August. Bulk collection will be held on an on-call basis. Each residence is limited to one pickup per calendar year during these months.  Items may not be put by the street until the day before the scheduled pickup.

  • Collection is limited to household items only and the pile must not be any larger than three feet wide, three feet high, and eight feet long (3x3x8).
  • Items accepted include white goods, furniture, and other household cleanup items not normally accepted in the curbside garbage collection. 
  • Pile like items together. Any items with METAL (for example, washers, dryers, bed frames, etc.) must be in a separate pile. Any items with GLASS (for example, windows, picture frames, fish tanks, etc.) must be in a separate pile.
  • Prohibited items include of human or animal waste, commercial waste, liquid waste including containers of paint, tires, batteries, propane tanks, large automobile parts, recyclables, brush, yard waste, large quantities of construction or demolition debris.

To participate and schedule a pickup, please call the Town Hall at 301-334-2250. The Town Clerk will call back to confirm the available pickup dates.

Cleanup Dates for 2019 are June 3 & 17, July 1 & 15, and August 5 & 19.

NOTE: Schedules of pickups are subject to change.

Other Services / Updates

The Mayor and Town Council has adopted the following policy:

Household items, brush, leaves and grass clippings may not be put on the street until the night before the scheduled pickup.  Failure to comply with any of the provisions of this notice is a violation of the Nuisance Ordinance and the Debris and Trash Ordinance.  Violators will be ticketed and fined without further notice.


General Information 

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - Noon and 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

Location: 1007 Allegany Drive, next to the Tennis Courts.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2182, Mountain Lake Park, MD 21550.

Phone: 301-334-2250

Fax: 301-334-9027

Email: mlpclerk@mac.com

Town Bills for water, sewer and town taxes are generated by the County. All payments should be sent to the County.

Town News: Please check The Republican newspaper for notices. They will be in the Town News section or in a block ad. These may include notices regarding the beginning and ending of pickups, trick-or-treat, office closures, and holiday schedule for trash pickup.

Water is provided by the Garrett County Department of Public Works - Utilities Division. For any water problems or questions, call 301-334-6983. After-hours, call 240-442-1632. Click here for the 2018 Water Quality Report.

Yard Sales: A permit is required to have yard sale at your residence. Residents are allowed only one sale, up to 3 consecutive days in duration, per year. The permit fee is $10.00. The only sign permitted in town is one placed at your residence. No other signs may be placed anywhere within town, nor within 1/2 mile of Town limits. The permit may be obtained at the Town Hall. 

Zoning Permits: Adding a fence, deck, shed or other structure or improvement requires a Zoning Permit from the Town. Zoning Permit Applications are available at the Town Hall. Applications need to be approved by the Garrett County Office of Planning and Land Management. Most additional structures or improvements also require a permit from the Garrett County Permits Office. Please contact the Town Hall for additional information.

Grinder Pump Repair: For the convenience of residents whose homes are equipped with grinder pumps, the town has compiled a list of local companies that repair them. Grinder pumps are necessary when a house is built below the elevation of the sewer main. The pumps are owned by the property owners, and therefore the homeowners are responsible for their repair and maintenance. Currently there are six known companies in Garrett County that repair residential grinder pumps (listed alphabetically):

  • A.D. Naylor Contracting - (301)334-3934 
  • Byco Enterprises Inc. - (301)245-4322 
  • Heilig’s Plumbing & Electric LLC - (301)533-0048  
  • Metz Electrical Service - (301)616-3257 
  • Plumb Tech Mechanical - (301)616-3218
  • Rush Services, Inc. - (301)387-6481
Public Information Requests: To request public information, contact Town Clerk Lenora Fischetti by phone: (301) 334-2250; by email: mlpclerk@mac.com; or at the Town Hall, at 1007 Allegany Drive, during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - Noon and 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM). Internet address: www.mtnlakepark.org.


Other Public Notices

2020 Census

Publications of the U.S. Census:

From National League of Cities website: Some Common Comments & Questions:

“Participating in the 2020 Census is a civic duty and good for your community.” 

The very first responsibility of the federal government under the U.S. Constitution is a count of all persons living in the United States to allocate seats in the U.S. House of Representatives among the states. But your participation in the census impacts a much broader range of decisions, from how legislative districts at all levels of government are drawn, to where roads and transit are built in the future, to how more than $800 billion in federal funding is distributed annually across the country.

“There are multiple ways to be counted in the 2020 Census.” 
In mid-March 2020 most addresses in the United States will receive a postcard with instructions to participate online, but you will also have the option to respond via phone or mail. Through spring and summer 2020, Census Bureau employees will follow up in-person at addresses that have not yet been counted.

“Your personally identifiable information (PII) is protected by law and cannot be shared outside of the Census Bureau.” 
Census Bureau employees are sworn to uphold the confidentiality of your data for life. Your responses can only be used to produce statistical information, and your personal information cannot be seen or used by other government agencies or the courts. Title 13 of the U.S. Code imposes steep penalties for anyone who shares personally identifiable information (PII).

“Data security is the highest priority for the Census Bureau and extensive protections are in place to protect the integrity of the 2020 Census.” 
Online responses are secured by multiple layers of encryption and isolated from online access as soon as you hit submit. And by working with the federal intelligence community and private industry, the Census Bureau can quickly identify and respond to any external threats to its databases.

“English language proficiency is not required to participate in the 2020 Census.” 
The complete online census questionnaire will be available in twelve languages other than English. Telephone responses will be accepted in the same additional 12 languages. Paper forms will be printed in English and Spanish. Language guides and glossaries will be available in 59 non-English languages, plus Braille.

“If you don’t have access to the internet in your home, you can still be counted.” 
The online questionnaire can be completed on a smartphone and desktop internet kiosks may be available at local post offices, libraries and other community centers. Households identified as having limited internet access and households that do not respond to initial census mailings will also be given the opportunity to complete the census through the traditional paper questionnaire. A telephone response option will also be available for the first time.


Town Elections

Mayor and Town Council
Donald Sincell - Mayor - 7/2021

Bryan Fred Callis - Vice President of Council - 7/2020

Patrick Damon - 7/2020

Linda Fike - 7/2021

James Moore - 7/2021

Pam Nelson - 7/2020

Election date: the second Tuesday of July each year.

Voter Qualifications:  Every person who is a citizen of the United States of America, is at least eighteen years of age, has resided within the corporation limits of the Town for thirty days preceding any Town election and a registered voter with the County.

Last day to register to vote in the 2019 municipal elections: Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

Voter Registration: Voter Registration Applications are available at all Post Offices, Department of Social Services, Ruth Enlow Libraries, and at the Board of Elections Office or visit the MD Dept. of Elections (www.elections.state.md.us) to download an application or apply online. Residents may also obtain a voter registration form and register to vote at a local Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) office when completing any driver's license transactions. If you have registered with the Board of Election Supervisors after January 1, 1990, and are a resident of Mountain Lake Park you are automatically qualified to vote in the municipal elections.

2019 Elections:

Because there has been only 1 candidate file for the office of Mayor and 2 candidates file for the office of Council, the Town of Mountain Lake Park WILL NOT have a Primary Election on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, nor a General Election on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.  The Charter of Mountain Lake Park states in Section 26-26, entitled Primaries, that “If not more that 4 persons have filed as candidates for the office of Councilperson in any odd numbered year and if not more than two persons have filed as candidate for the office of Mayor, NO PRIMARY ELECTION shall be held as to those offices.”  In Section 26-27, entitled Elections, the Charter states “In every odd numbered years if only one person is nominated for mayor and only two persons are nominated for council, there shall be NO GENERAL ELECTION and the nominated shall be declared elected by the Board of Supervisors of Elections and shall take office on the second Tuesday in July.” Donald W. Sincell will serve a 2-year term as Mayor. Linda K. Fike and James R. Moore will serve 2-year terms on the Town Council.

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Town Officials

Town Council Members
Donald W. Sincell - Mayor - 7/2021
Bryan Fred Callis - Vice President of Council - 7/2020
Patrick Damon - 7/2020
Linda Fike - 7/2021
James Moore - 7/2021
Pam Nelson - 7/2020

Planning Commission
Patrick Damon - Chairman
Linda Goodrich

Zoning Board of Appeals
Karen Wooddell - Chairman
Leon Cardiff, Jr.
Gene Flinn

Town Employees
Lenora Fischetti - Clerk Treasurer
Jeff Meyers - Maintenance Supervisor
Willie Stemple

Code Enforcement Office
Jarrett Mahoney

William Rudd




Town Council Meeting -  The next meeting will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6 PM. For more information and to verify the date and time, please call 301-334-2250. 

Town Hall Closed - Mon., February 17 in observance Presidents' Day.

Office Closed - Monday, Feb. 24.

Wooddell Park is now closed for the winter.

Leaf pickup ended Nov. 27.

Brush Pickup - is over for 2019; pickups will resume in April 2020.

2020 Census News - Click here for link to Maryland's website.

* Lost & Found - Three umbrellas left at various locations during Chautauqua Festival. A set of keys were found in the road by the tennis courts. To claim them, please visit the Town Hall during regular office hours.

The Answers Have Arrived - In June 2018 the Mayor and Town Council of Mountain Lake Park hosted a public meeting regarding the proposed Oakland Bypass. Local residents had a lot of questions for the officials from the Maryland Dept. of Transportation (MDOT) who were in attendance. Mark Stutzman, on behalf of Engage Mountain Maryland, compiled our questions. Click here to read the responses.

Town Parks are equipped with video surveillance. All parks and walking trails in town are trash-free. Visitors are to put litter they generate in trash bags and carry it home. This will improve the appearance of parks and trails by removing trash cans that detract from the beauty of the environment. 


Fun Facts

The town picks up about 300 tons of leaves each autumn.

In 1881, Mountain Lake Park was purchased as 800 acres for the sum of $4,672.

Today, the town has expanded to 1280 acres with an assessed value over $100,000,000.

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