Frederick County Councilman Kirby Delauter (R-District 5) clarified the circumstances around his offer to do sidewalk repairs in Emmitsburg and a related budget amendment.

The County Council on Tuesday passed an amendment to reduce a $20,000 sidewalk installation line item in the budget by $8,000.

Emmitsburg Mayor Don Briggs requested the capital improvement grant to extend the sidewalk along Creamery Road by about 400 feet to connect the Vigilant Hose Co. with other walkways leading to the elementary school and community center. While Delauter reduced the amount of the grant because, he said, he had offered to take on part of the project in front of his business, WF Delauter and Sons, Briggs said Emmitsburg was concerned that could complicate the bid process.

Delauter issued a statement on Thursday that read: “I was never notified that Emmitsburg was not willing to move forward with my proposal to save the taxpayers $8,000. Emmitsburg Mayor Donald N. Briggs meant to send an email to me stating the town did not wish to proceed, but he only copied himself and the Town Manager. The email was not sent to any of my email addresses so I never received the notification. The last email I received stated the Town did want to plan to move ahead with the sidewalk as discussed and they would review in July at their Town budget meeting.”

Delauter said he would wait for more information from the town to figure out how to proceed.

On the road with Hogan: Gov. Larry Hogan rolled through Frederick County on Wednesday, meeting groups of well-wishers at Mount Airy businesses — and the Motor Vehicle Administration office in Frederick.

Hogan’s visit livened up a sleepy afternoon at the state facility on Bowmans Farm Road, which houses Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Administration and Department of Natural Resources offices. He was there to present a citation for State Employee Appreciation Day, but spent time chatting with visitors to the facility as well.

“Don’t be nervous. You’ll be terrific,” Hogan said, as 17-year-old Courtney Acosta, of Elkridge, stood at a desk to take a driving test.

Acosta and her father, Peter, joined the governor and Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn for a photo. “Now the pressure’s really on,” Hogan said through smiling teeth.

Peter Acosta said the governor’s visit took them by surprise, but pleasantly so.

“She’ll never forget. She’ll pass today,” Acosta said.

Acosta said he likes the governor, but also had a little confession.

“I’m a Democrat, but for a Republican, he’s OK,” he said.

This is Radio Frederick: The Frederick County Public Libraries announced this year’s Summer Challenge, "Radio Frederick," on Thursday. 

The annual contest, which will begin Tuesday and wind down Aug. 31, this year will feature free live music at libraries across the county, culminating in a July 21 concert by children’s music artist Laurie Berkner.

Janet Vogel, youth services coordinator for county libraries, said there would be prizes for people who had earned 800, 1,200 and 5,000 points. Participants earn points by logging in reading time, attending Radio Frederick events or completing activities such as learning a new song.

Events will include things like learning about the engineering roller coasters at Adventure Park USA and author visits at local bookstores.

“The Summer Challenge is especially important for school aged children,” Vogel said, because reading over the summer break keeps literacy skills from slipping.

You be the judge: Frederick County’s Board of Elections is looking for a few good election judges for primary Election Day, June 26, and General Election Day, Nov. 6.

Judges must be registered voters and at least 16 years old, able to understand English and not be a candidate for public office or political party.

Judges will be compensated at least $40 for required three-hour training, and a minimum of $150 for Election Day work.

For more information, visit the board’s website at, and click on the link at left for “Be an Election Worker,” or email the Board at

— Staff writer Danielle E. Gaines contributed to this report

Follow Kelsi Loos on Twitter: @KelsiLoos.

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