Festivals are gearing up at Capon Bridge | News
CAPON BRIDGE – Three festivals and numerous special events will make Capon Bridge a busy place this year, Capon Bridge Town Council said at its March 8 meeting.
The meeting also saw the passage of the city’s 6% lodging tax, and the council was informed that only one additional easement agreement needed to be signed before work could begin on the US 50 Green Bridge. – an easement agreement that Mayor Laura Turner reported was signed the next day.
The Department of Highways has since advised Friends of the Cacapon River President Tim Reese that Stage 1 of the project, construction of a temporary bridge carrying US 50 traffic across the Cacapon, is not expected to begin until October.
Reese announced that the Cacapon Riverfest will be held at the River House grounds on Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18. The event is a collaborative effort of the Friends, the Cacapon Institute, the Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust, and the Potomac Riverkeepers.
The Riverfest will feature 4 bands, as well as food and activities, including a river parade if the DNR has completed work on the boat launch on Christian Church Road. They expect 200-250 people, with parking lots at various locations around town, including banks and the library.
The weekend after Riverfest, June 25, Councilwoman Michelle Warnick reported that Living Waters Church is planning a Christian music festival in the pavilion on the grounds of the fire station. Still in the planning stages, the Mountain Time Jesus Jam will start at 1 p.m. and will feature 5 or 6 bands.
The festival is still in the planning stage, but will include a bouncy house for children. Living Waters Church is reaching out to other churches in the area, asking if they would like to participate or set up a table to distribute information about the church.
Capon Bridge members Ruritan, Peg and Len McMaster, announced that plans are underway for the annual Founder’s Day Festival, to be held on the grounds of the fire station on the weekend of September 24-25, preceded by a concert on Friday evening in the pavilion.
The Ruritans will also host the annual Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds between The Bank of Romney and The Farmer’s Daughter on Saturday April 16, and have scheduled a concert by Maria Rose and Danny Elswick followed by Easter Day fireworks. Independence on the grounds of the fire station for July 2.
Len McMaster explained that they never schedule fireworks directly on the 4th of July as it is difficult to find a professional company available on that day – and if found they will charge twice as much for the 4th.
In other cases, Police Chief Miles Spence reported he was still dealing with a series of thefts of catalytic converters from parked automobiles. Police are now allowed to stop vehicles carrying catalytic converters, arrest occupants and take them to jail if they cannot prove they acquired the devices legally.
Gary’s Excavating is working on the 1st phase of the School Street project, including the creation of 2 one-way traffic lanes.
The city was billed $18,476 for the shipping of the new Duff Lane bridge, and the council was worried about maneuvering a 50ft bridge over Tannery Row and over Duff Lane, although the shipping company rejected the suggestions to send someone to have a look first. .
Water and Sewer Supervisor Chris Turner said the city’s sewer project is expected to be completed on schedule.
Capon Bridge is working with Kim Ruddle on using ESRI’s new Region 8 GPS mapping software to map the city’s water and sewer lines – “pretty cool for a city our size,” said the mayor.
The city is working on its budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Mayor Turner said the estimated revenue from all sources for the year is $227,845 and noted that when the budget is complete it will be published in the journal.
There will be 3 City Council seats available in this year’s municipal elections – the seats currently held by David McMaster (who was appointed to the seat vacated by Chantelle Burkhart), Nathan Spencer and Michelle Warnick. Spencer is not expected to file for re-election.
Sherrard Auction House has obtained a permit to build a 6ft chain link fence around its rear parking lot.