« October 2016 »
3 4 5 6 7
10 11 12 13 14
17 18 19 20 21
23 24 25 26 27 28

Keedysville News

Notice of Public Hearing---Notice is hereby given by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Keedysville, as it's duly constituted legislative body, that a Public Hearing will be held in Council Chambers, Town Hall, on Monday, November 7, 2016, at 6:30p.m. The hearing is being scheduled pursuant to the provisions of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Charter of the Town of Keedysville, to consider whether or not to revise the water rates as they now exist as well as the methodology for the calculation of said water rates. A copy of the existing rates and proposed revisions will be on file in the Office of the Town Administrator, Town Hall, Keedysville, Maryland. Same may be copied or inspected in that office and it is incorporated herein by reference and made a part hereof for convenience and economy. Pursuant to the Maryland Open Meetings Law, notice is hereby given that the deliberations of the Mayor and Council are open to the public. The Mayor and Council will make a determination as to whether or not to revise the water rates and the methodology for the calculation of same. The determination will be made at a regular meeting to be held following the Public Hearing or will be made at a meeting to be held at a later date, the date and time of which will be announced. Individuals requiring special accommodations are requested to contact Mr. Rick Bishop at (301) 432-5795. Any person desiring a stenographic transcript shall be responsible for supplying a competent stenographer at their expense.


In an effort to better serve the residents, the Mayor and Council have approved expanding the hours Town Hall will be open. Beginning Monday, September 19th, hours will be Monday-Wednesday, 8:00am to 4:30pm and Thursday-Friday, 8:00am to 12:00noon.

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treating will take place on Monday, October 31 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. If you wish to participate please turn your porch lights on.

Bulk Trash Pickup

There will be a bulk trash pickup on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Please put items curbside Friday evening for Saturday morning pickup. Unacceptable items include the following:

If you have any questions please call Apple Valley Waste at 1-877-267-1280.

Increased Patrols

In order to improve the quality of life in Keedysville and increase the safety of our streets, the Mayor & Council of Keedysville will be asking the Washington County Sheriff's Department to increase patrols within the town. Among the infractions they will be focusing on are:

Please be considerate and observe all traffic laws.

2016 Street Sweeping Schedule

Street sweeping will take place on the following dates:

If available, please move vehicles to off-street parking.

Open Burning Restrictions

There are restrictions on open burning in Keedysville and Washington County. They can be found at Controlled Burning Guidelines. Please note that you may never burn trash.

Protect Your Pipes

Very cold temperatures (high's below freezing) are being forecast. It is vital to protect your pipes from freezing. Insulation, heat tape and other methods are recommended. You may want to let your water drip during the coldest periods. The American Red Cross has a very informative web page on the subject located at www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm/preventing-thawing-frozen-pipes

Yard Waste

Yard waste pickups will be suspended for January, February & March. The last pickup is next Tuesday, December 29. It will resume on Tuesday, April 5.

Main Street Urban Reconstruction Project

The Maryland State Highway Administration will hold a public informational meeting regarding the Keedysville Main Street Urban Reconstruction project on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 (snow date-Tuesday, January 19, 2016)at the Keedysville Community Center. For more information regarding the project and the meeting please see the project news letter at Keedysville Main St. Urban Reconstruction Project Newletter. For any questions, please contact Victoria Gudeman at 240-818-1063.


Please report any theft or any suspicious activity to the Washington County Sheriff's Department (240-313-2100). We have a safe and peaceful community and would like to see it remain that way.

Know Your Utility Locations

With winter approaching all residents should consider where some important pieces to the utilities are located on their property. Specifically, everyone should know where their water meter, their sewer grinder pump and their sewer clean out are located and they may want to mark each of them with a stake. Should there be a snow fall that covers these components and one of them malfunctions, having them clearly marked with a stake, will enable the utility workers to find and repair the problem more quickly. Please consider taking a few minutes and marking each of these components with a stake. If you have any questions, please contact Keedysville Town Hall Monday-Friday, 8:00am to noon.

Dog Walking at Taylor Park and Ball field

On a trial basis, dogs are now permitted in Taylor Park, provided they are leashed. Waste bag stations have been provided, two in Taylor Park, one at the ball field and one behind Town Hall. Please clean up after your dog and deposit the waste in a park can. Dog walkers, please understand that this is on a trial basis. Please be respectful of others and a responsible dog owner so that we all might enjoy these areas.

Pets in Keedysville

Please be a responsible dog owner. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Keedysville adopted the Washington County Animal Control Ordinance. This places the county as the enforcement agency for the Town. The ordinance can be found at www.washco-md.net/shared_docs/ords_res/2012/ORD-2012-33.pdf. The Washington County Humane Society can be reached at 301-733-2060. This is a pleasant small town where we must all do our part to respect our fellow residents. Again, please be a responsible pet owner. Thank you for your consideration.

Watershed Implementation Plan for the Chesapeake Bay

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), acting on a directive from the U.S. EPA, has directed the counties of Maryland to work with the local jurisdictions to develop a plan to reduce the introduction of nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment into the local waterways, thereby ultimately reducing these elements in the Chesapeake Bay. You can help! Keedysville will receive credits toward these reductions for efforts by homeowners, i.e. rain barrels, rain gardens, etc. If you currently use these practices on your property, or if you install them at some point in the future, please contact Town Hall. For educational materials from MDE, please go to http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Marylander/outreach/Pages/MDEEducation.aspx. The MDE plan is located at: www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Water/TMDL/TMDLImplementation/Pages/FINAL_PhaseII_WIPDocument_Main.aspx.

County Emergency Notification System

Citizens of Washington County should register for this new system for advanced alerting specific to emergencies and weather, community, and other optional programs.

A person can register for multiple locations such as home, family, school, and work. Also, individuals outside of Washington County can register for family and work that are located in Washington County. In addition to multiple locations, individuals can sign up for multiple forms of notification and prioritize the ways in which you receive a message.

Registration Steps to Receive Emergency Notifications

Southeastern Senior Site

You are invited to come and make new friends or catch up with folks you haven't seen for a while. Invite a friend or family member to attend with you! The day begins at 9:00am with coffee & conversation. Then from 9:30am until 11:30am there are fun activities, educational programs & guest speakers from your community. And at 11:30am a delicious, nutritious lunch is served. The site is open from 9:00am to 1:00pm Monday, Wednesday & Friday and is located at the Keedysville Community Center on Mt. Vernon Lane in Keedysville. All activities are free, except for lunch. Martha Drennen is the site manager. Please call Martha at 301-432-5624, by noon, 2 days in advance if you want to reserve a meal. Come and join us for the fun!

The Southeastern Senior Site is sponsored by the Washington County Commission on Aging.

Water & Sewer Billing

Water and sewer services are provided and billed by two separate entities. Water service and billing is provided by the Boonsboro Keedysville Regional Water Board (BKRWB). Sewer service and billing is provided by the Washington County Department of Water Quality. Both services are billed quarterly and based on water usage. Please be sure to send your payments to the appropriate provider. Sending your payment to the wrong provider could cause delays in your payment being received and result in late fees. The BKRWB may be contacted at 301-432-5141. The Wash. Co. Dept. of Water Quality may be contacted at 240-313-2317.

Sewer Grinder Problems

If the red light and alarm for the grinder pump at your residence come on, please immediately contact the Washington County Department of Water Quality at 240-313-2600

An Insurance Preparedness Guide for Natural Disasters

The Maryland Insurance Administration is the state agency that regulates the insurance industry in Maryland. They have posted online "An Insurance Preparedness Guide for Natural Disatsters", which will assist consumers to better understand their insurance polices. This guide contains information about different types of insurance coverage, provides frequently asked questions for a number of insurance claim scenearios and lists important contact information for public resources. The guide can be found on their website http://www.mdinsurance.state.md.us/sa/jsp/Mia.jsp.

Keedysville Historical Society

The Special 150th Anniversary Edition of Civil War Stories in Song

2015 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

2015 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. Previous years' reports have also been added under Community Resources in the navigation bar above.


The Boonsboro/Keedysville Regional Water Board requests that you contact them if your billing address changes. Please call 301-432-5141.

Trash, Yard Waste & Recycling Pickup Information

Scheduling for trash, yard waste & recycling pickups can be found at trash pick-up schedule. For recycling guidelines, please go to Recycling Guidelines


Water Conservation Useful Facts & Tips