SYKESVILLE — The absence of a police officer who was scheduled to be at this year’s “Run/Walk for Someone Special” event was the opening topic of Monday evening’s Sykesville Borough Council meeting.

Visitor Pat Mowrey informed council members there was no police coverage at this year’s “Run/Walk for Someone Special” on April 7. He said it was confirmed back in December there would be a police officer patrolling the event.

According to Mowrey, Officer Earl Campbell also reconfirmed a police officer would be in attendance the first week of April. His main concern, Mowrey said, is safety.

Solicitor C.J. Zwick recommended Mowrey write a letter of concern/statement of what happened. Council told Mowrey an officer was scheduled that day, but didn’t show up, according to the meeting minutes.

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President Mack Zimmerman presented a letter from Richard DeJohn, which stated street sweeping in the community was not up-to-par this year. Council members agreed B&D Enterprise did not do a good job for the $2,850 charge the borough received. Councilwoman Michele Yamrick and Vice President Elaine Fike forwarded a motion for an adjustment of the bill to be asked of the company.

Crewman Sam Armagost informed council members he and the borough crew will be installing water meters beginning May 1. Secretary Jaysa Neale can call residents to inform them of this, he said.

Armagost and council members also discussed road estimates Jim Schieps had presented the borough, the meeting minutes say. Council agreed to have Kaufman Street “tarred and chipped,” binder Sugar Camp and Willow Alley and “wear-coat” Stahl Street. An estimate will be drafted for approval.

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Councilman Don Zimmerman informed members a man from the Department of Environmental Protection will visit Sykesville on Friday to look at a sinking sidewalk area by Nupp Printing on East Main Street, according to the meeting minutes.

Also, Roman Excavating was to be working on Van Ness Street up to Edith Street throughout the week. Those areas could’ve experienced a loss in water pressure.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 6.

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