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Mountain Lake Park to allow TRICK-OR-TREAT with Safety Modifications
Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
See below for details.

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NOTICE: We take the health and safety of our residents and employees very seriously. The Town Hall is now closed to the public. If you have a question or need information, please call the Town Hall at (301)334-2250 or email mlpclerk@mac.com



TRICK-OR-TREAT to be allowed in Mtn. Lake Park, with Safety Modifications:

The Mountain Lake Park Mayor and Town Council decided at its regular October meeting last Thursday to allow trick-or-treat within the town limits on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., but with a number of added safety measures being strongly recommended because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Because the number of Covid cases in Garrett County remains so low, and we have no direct knowledge of a single case of the virus currently in Mountain Lake Park, we decided to go ahead and allow trick-of-treat with some modifications,” said Mayor Don Sincell.

As always, residents who wish to participate in dispensing treats should leave a porch light on during the trick-or-treat hour. However, unlike in previous years, those giving out treats are strongly urged to do so by placing only professionally wrapped treats (e.g. candy bars) in a basket or other container with a sign inviting children to take one or two themselves. residents may want to take a seat on their front porch, with social distancing, to monitor the dispensing of the treats. Residents may also choose to place treats in small, individual paper bags and align them on the porch or porch steps for the children to pick up.

Children should wear some form of Covid-19 masks in place of (and not in addition to) Halloween costume masks. Parents are strongly urged to accompany their children, maintain family groups, and enforce social distancing, making sure several groups of children do not converge on any one porch at a time.

“All other regular trick-or-treat safety measures should also be employed, particularly those regarding vehicular traffic,” Sincell added. “Drivers are asked to use extreme caution and, if possible, avoid driving the busiest streets during the trick-or-treat hour. For that reason, parents of trick-or-treaters are asked to walk with their children, and not transport them in their vehicle.”

Sincell added that he and the town council members are aware that some residents are generally opposed to allowing trick-or-treat under any circumstances, but noted that everyone has the opportunity to opt out if they feel that their health might be unduly endangered by participating. He said that the recommended modifications were among those provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the Garrett County Health Department.

The mayor added that if there is a spike in the number of local COVID-19 cases over the next few weeks, then trick-or-treat would be cancelled. If that becomes necessary, it would be announced via local media outlets, on the town’s website, www.mtnlakepark.org and the town’s Facebook page.


COVID-19 - The Garrett County Health Dept. has up-to-date local information.

4/20/20: The Garrett County Health Dept. says: for the most current and accurate information about the situation, please refer to the following:

Health Department COVID-19 Dashboard: garretthealth.org/covid-19-information/. Local information as well as links to State and National resources.

Health Department Frequently Ask Questions Page: bit.ly/covid-19-answers

Garrett County COVID-19 Medical Hotline: 301-334-7698

Garrett County Government’s COVID-19 Page: garrettcounty.org/covid-19

The local Volunteer/Donation Portal: garretthealth.org/community

3/27/2020 - Information from Maryland Dept. of Labor: Links for Resource Requests/Offers for Business Assistance


Trash Pickup - will continue to run according to the normal schedule. (posted 3-24-2020)

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 

Pickups will then continue 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 - the last pickup for 2020 was Sept. 25th

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 

The next pickups will be in the summer of 2021. Bulk collection is for large items the weekly trash collector will not pick up. In 2020 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 after May 1, 2020. The Town Clerk will call back to confirm the available pickup dates. The next pickups will be in the summer of 2021.

Available Cleanup Dates for 2020 are: none.

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: Permits for YARD SALES will not be required in 2020 in Mtn. Lake Park!

At the June 4th meeting of the Mayor and Town Council, it was unanimously agreed to suspend yard sale fees and permit requirements for 2020.

Those having yard sales in Mtn. Lake Park must follow the requirements of the Garrett County Health Dept. (see below) and the town’s rules of conduct for yard sales are still in force (see below). 

Garrett County Health Dept. requirements for yard sales:

- Facemasks

- Social distancing of at least 6 feet

- One family or household

- Not in a parking lot or other place where multiple people can gather.

Town’s rules for having yard sales remains the same:

- Yard sales are limited to one(1) sale per calendar year, per property location. 

- Yard sales shall be conducted for no more than three consecutive days during the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

- Only one sign may be placed and it may only be placed on the property on which the yard sale is being conducted. No signs may be posted anywhere else in town.

- The owner of the premises shall not permit vehicles to impede the passage of traffic on streets in the area of the yard sale.  Vehicle parking shall be conducted in compliance with all applicable laws and ordinances.

- Multi or multiple family or participant yard sales are not permitted.

- Items offered for sale for profit shall be limited to personal property not acquired for resale, owned by the resident, and who shall be a resident of the dwelling where the sale is to be conducted.
- The owner of the premises on which a sale is conducted, shall be responsible for the maintenance of good order and decorum on the premises during all hours of the sale. 

- No music, games or other entertainment or activities may be conducted at the time when and the place where the sale is held. There shall be no unnecessary or excessive noise.

- Violation of any of the provisions of the Yard Sale Ordinance shall result in a municipal infraction and is subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000.00. 

[Normally, 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


Town Elections

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

Bryan Fred Callis - Vice President of Council - 7/2022

Patrick Damon - 7/2022

Linda Fike - 7/2021

James Moore - 7/2021

Pam Nelson - 7/2022

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 2020 municipal elections: Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

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.

2020 Elections:

7/14/2020: General Election Results:

The town held a general election on Tuesday, July 14th, to elect three members of the town council. Bryan F. (Fred) Callis, Patrick J. Damon, and Pamela Nelson, all incumbents, were reelected to their positions. A fourth candidate on the ballot was Jeffrey A. Hovis. Also serving on the town council are Linda Fike and James Moore, with Donald Sincell as mayor.


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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




NOTICE: We take the health and safety of our residents and employees very seriously. If you have a question or need information, please call the Town Hall at (301)334-2250 or email mlpclerk@mac.com. The Town Hall is now closed to the public.

Town Council Meeting -  The next meeting will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 6 PM at the Town Hall.  

9/25/20 - The last Brush Pickup for the year.

7/15/2020 - Election Results: The town held a general election on Tuesday to elect three members of the town council. Bryan F. (Fred) Callis, Patrick J. Damon, and Pamela Nelson, all incumbents, were reelected to their positions. A fourth candidate on the ballot was Jeffrey A. Hovis. Also serving on the town council are Linda Fike and James Moore, with Donald Sincell as mayor.

The use of playground equipment is prohibited during the current pandemic. The COVID-19 virus can survive on surfaces for several days.

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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