Smithsburg briefs

July 03, 1997

Water level rises after ban imposed

Smithsburg Town Council members were pleased with resident's compliance with the water ban, which has helped raise the town reservoir's water level by almost 15 inches since it was enacted.

A dry summer that cut back the town's water supply by almost 50,000 gallons forced the Town Council to implement a water ban on all outdoor use on June 24. The Public Works Department has allowed few exceptions since then.

Overall, council members have not encountered any problems with enforcement, and said they are delighted.

"I haven't seen anybody abuse it," said Smithsburg Mayor Mildred Myers.

Hagerstown firm hired for repairs

A Hagerstown construction company, the only one of three firms that offered a pre-bid presentation, was hired Tuesday to repair more than 600 feet of curb on parts of North and South Main streets.


The Smithsburg Town Council unanimously approved allowing Gouff Masonry and Construction, the only company that responded to their request, to tear out and replace 625 feet of curb at a price of $9,688.

This is part of a one-time gift of curb repair to Smithsburg property owners, who normally are responsible for this type of work, said Smithsburg Mayor Mildred Myers.

Although council Clerk Betsy Martin placed numerous calls to construction companies, all but one said they were too busy or the proposal was too small for them to manage.

"This is the least amount of curbing we've had to do since we've started" the curb repair project, Myers said.

Town water line work starts

A West Virginia construction company began work Monday to replace a 2-inch water line to increase water pressure in Smithsburg.

Bruce Allen, Inc., of Bridgeport, W.Va., was given notice to proceed Monday with construction on the water line under West Water Street extending through Cave Hill Road to Geyser Way in Smithsburg.

A substantial portion of the water main improvements, which are being funded by a $500,000 state grant, should be completed within the next 120 calender days, according to the engineer's plan.

"This is the largest water line project the town has ever undertaken," said Smithsburg Mayor Mildred Myers.

The work is expected to cause periodic traffic delays, Myers said.

- Vandana Sinha

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