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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 under General Information) and the town’s rules of conduct for yard sales are still in force (see below under General Information). 

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Town Services

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


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


4/20/20: Economic Assistance for Maryland Businesses 

Please see below an updated list of economic-assistance resources for Maryland businesses from the Maryland Department of Commerce. Please forward this information to the individuals in your jurisdiction responsible for business, economic, agricultural, and workforce development. 

     MARYLAND BUSINESS RELIEF WIZARD 

     There are several state, local, and federal relief programs designed to help combat the        economic impacts of COVID-19. The Relief Wizard is an easy-to-use tool that can direct businesses to the programs for which they are eligible. Please click reliefwizard.net. 

     The Maryland Department of Commerce is currently streamlining its process to review and approve loan applications. The department is also training 150 volunteers to accommodate the sharp increase in application volume. Businesses can view the status of their applications through the Department of Commerce’s OneStop Portal at onestop.md.gov. 

     The department is also launching a Tourism Recovery Task Force and a Manufacturing Recovery Task Force to help prepare businesses to resume operations as soon as they are able to do so. Additional task forces will be established in the coming days and weeks with the aim of helping Maryland businesses in all sectors recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. More information about these initiatives will be made available soon. 

     EXPANDED UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS 

     The federal CARES Act expanded unemployment insurance benefits nationwide, giving access to sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed workers. Maryland will provide all three expanded unemployment programs: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.  

     Upon availability, benefits will be paid back to the earliest date of eligibility. Please use the following link to monitor progress as these programs come online and sign up to receive email updates when filing opens for PUA benefits: dllr.state.md.us/employment/unemployment.shtml. 

     SBA DAILY CALLS AND WEBINARS 

     The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is conducting daily webinars and conference calls to help small business owners understand and apply for coronavirus relief programs. The SBA offers these programs: Paycheck Protection Program, EIDL Loan Advance, SBA Express Bridge Loan, SBA Debt Relief. Calls and webinars are scheduled as follows:

     3 p.m. – Daily Conference Call. 202-765-1264; ID # 827-299-626

     5:30 p.m. – Daily Conference Call. 202-765-1264; ID # 310-688-488

     10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. – Zoom Webinar. Meeting # 6794772946. Have all your necessary documents ready 

     SMALL BUSINESS RESERVE (SBR) PROGRAM 

     Certified small businesses have access to over $400 million in prime contracting opportunities on state-funded contracts through the Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program. SBR certifications can be completed through the eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA) platform by clicking emma.maryland.gov 

     Once certified, firms must recertify annually. If a business is not in the program or needs to recertify, they should complete the SBR certification process immediately. Utilize this Quick Reference Guide for more information: procurement.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2020/03/7-SBRCertification_Recertification.pdf. 

     MARBIDCO PANDEMIC ADJUSTMENT LOAN FUND

     The Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) established the Pandemic Adjustment Loan Fund Program to help Maryland’s food and fiber producers, harvesters, and primary processors adjust to business disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers low-cost loans with flexible terms for working capital or equipment purchases. The maximum individual loan amount is $10,000, and no collateral security is required. Applications for the Pandemic Adjustment Loan Fund must be submitted by May 31. The application form is available at marbidco.org. For questions, please call (410) 267-6807.


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 

Collection should begin by early June, pending the return of the leaf truck with a new leaf vacuum. 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 - next pickup will be June 26th

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 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.

Cleanup Dates for 2020 are July 6 & 20, and August 3 & 17.

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.

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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.


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Other Public Notices

PUBLIC NOTICE

RESIDENTS OF 

MOUNTAIN LAKE PARK

The Mayor and Town Council of Mountain Lake Park will conduct a public hearing on June 4, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. The purpose of the meeting is to review and take public comment on a proposal to adopt Ordinance No. 2020-01 Zoning Ordinance Amendment for Electronic Message Center Signs. Residents interested in attending may join live by phone, PC, Mac, iPad or Android device, through the live-stream on Facebook, through Zoom, or by land-line phone. Instructions for Zoom and call-in will be available on the town website www.mtnlakepark.org on Wednesday, June 3.

A fair summary of the proposed Ordinance is as follows: An ordinance of the Mayor and Town Council of Mountain Lake Park amending the Zoning Ordinance to repeal or amend certain provisions of the Zoning Ordinance regulating electronic message center signs, and to adopt new provisions to regulate such signs.

A complete copy of the proposed Ordinance No. 2020-01 Zoning Ordinance Amendment for Electronic Message Center Signs is available for review on the town’s website www.mtnlakepark.org or contact the town hall at mlpclerk@mac.com to request a copy be sent by email or standard mail. 

By Authority of the Mayor and Town Council Mountain Lake Park



PUBLIC NOTICE

RESIDENTS OF 

MOUNTAIN LAKE PARK

The Mayor and Town Council of Mountain Lake Park will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom.  The purpose of the meeting is to review and take public comment on a proposal to adopt the Ordinance No. 2020-02 - Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Ordinance. Residents interested in attending may join live by phone, PC, Mac, iPad or Android device, through the live-stream on Facebook, through Zoom, or by land-line phone. Instructions for Zoom and call-in will be available on the town website www.mtnlakepark.org on Wednesday, June 3.

A fair summary of the proposed Ordinance is as follows: An ordinance of the Mayor and Town Council of Mountain Lake Park, approving and adopting the budget of the Town of Mountain Lake Park for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021. The following shows the balanced projected totals:

GENERAL RECEIPTS/EXPENDITURES $  980,616

SEWER RECEIPTS/EXPENDITURES $  320,500

TOTAL RECEIPTS/EXPENDITURES $1,301,116

The proposed budget keeps constant the real estate property tax rate at $.4137 per $100 assessed valuation. It also keeps constant the Personal Property tax rate at zero (0) per $100 assessment. It increases the rate for Certifications of Public Utilities and Railroads to $1.20 per $100 of assessment based on the full cash value assessment. It keeps constant the sewer rate at a quarterly minimum fee of $41.71 per quarter for up to 4,000 gallons of metered water, at a rate of $6.52 per 1,000 gallons of metered water for all usage greater than 4,000 gallons in a single quarter, and at a flat rate of $79.59 per quarter for all un-metered customers.

A complete copy of the proposed ordinance No. 2020-02 Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Ordinance is available for review on the town’s website www.mtnlakepark.org or contact the town hall at mlpclerk@mac.com to request a copy be sent by email or standard mail.  

By Authority of the Mayor and Town Council Mountain Lake Park


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 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:

For the purpose of electing three Councilpersons: Certificates of Nomination may be obtained by calling (301-334-2250) or emailing (mlpclerk@mac.com). All persons desiring to file for office must return the completed Certificate of Nomination form no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020.

If no more than six persons file for Council, a Primary Election WILL NOT be held. If no more than three persons file for office, a General Election WILL NOT be held.

If needed, a Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

If needed, a General Election will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

6/2/2020: No Primary Election is needed. 

There will be a General Election held on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, to elect three (3) Councilpersons for a two-year term.  Polls open from 9:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. at the Town Hall located at 1007 Allegany Drive. 

All voters must wear masks. A maximum of two voters will be permitted at a time. 

Anyone wishing to obtain an Absentee Ballot for the 2020 General Election may do so by requesting the application by phone or in writing or by email; this application must be returned to the Mountain Lake Park Town Hall no later than Tuesday, July 7, 2020 or postmarked by Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

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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

Attorney
William Rudd

 

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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, June 4, 2020 at 6 PM. The meeting will begin with Public Hearings for the adoption of two ordinances: the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Ordinance and the the Zoning Ordinance Amendment - Electronic Signs. 

The meeting will be held via Zoom. You can join the meeting on your desktop, laptop, device, or phone using one of the connections below. All guests will be muted until the public comment period.

When prompted, you can download the Zoom application (preferred) or view in your web browser. The meeting includes video and audio.

Note: All meetings are recorded and for the public record.

As an added measure of security, registration will be required. Attendance is free and open to the public.

The link is posted here:

You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 

When: Jun 4, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Topic: MLP June Mayor and Town Council Meeting 

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_023ffIMNQ0WpzSrDDXpcIg 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Those interested in attending by phone may join live by dialing 1-301-715-8592 and entering Webinar ID: 818 5230 1227#   


7/3/2020 - Closed in observance of Independence Day.

7/7/2020 - Deadline to apply for Absentee Ballot for Town Election on 7/14/2020.

7/14/2020 - General Election - to elect 3 Councilmembers.

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


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


Leaf & grass clippings pickup - The leaf truck is back! Pickups will be every Thursday until fall leaf pickup.


Brush Pickup - will resume on April 24, 2020, and will continue on the last Friday of each month through September 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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