Measure to curb unreasonable noise
SMITHSBURG - Noisy people or animals may be fined or sent to jail under a law passed Tuesday by the Smithsburg mayor and Town Council.
Unreasonable noise that can be heard for more than 25 feet away will draw a fine of $50 for the first offense.
Repeat offenders will be subject to a $150 fine and/or six months in jail.
The law is in effect 24 hours a day for people.
Their animals must be quiet between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Passed unanimously by the council, the law will go into effect Nov. 24.
Residents complain of roving pit bull
SMITHSBURG - Little can be done to stop a pit bull that some accuse of terrorizing an East Water Street neighborhood, said Keller Haden, Washington County animal control supervisor.
Haden attended Tuesday's mayor and council meeting to answer questions from citizens who are concerned that the dog runs loose.
Neighbor Lucas Johnson, 9, said he is afraid that the dog will jump the fence while he is playing in his backyard.
"There must be something we can do rather than being held hostage by this dog," said Councilman James Cunningham.
But Haden said her hands are tied by weak animal control laws.
One option would be for citizens to take the dog owner to court themselves, she said.
Volunteers sought for local panels
SMITHSBURG - The town is looking for a few good volunteers.
There are openings on the town's Parks, Planning and Economic Development commissions.
"We need help from the public," said Councilman Thomas Hornbecker.
Interested people should pick up an application at Town Hall.
"You're almost guaranteed a job," said Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers.
The Smithsburg Pride Days committee is also looking for volunteers. Their next meeting is 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the Smithsburg Historical Society Heritage Room.
In appointments Tuesday, the council:
Reappointed Al Wagner to a three-year term on the Appeals Board.
Reappointed Donald Hayes to a three-year term as an alternate on the Appeals Board.
Accepted the resignation of Patricia Muldoon from the Planning Commission.
Reappointed Bob Davis to a three-year term on the Planning Commission.
Appointed Elizabeth Lehman to the Parks Commission.
Accepted the resignation of Mike Rohrer from the Parks Commission, but agreed to allow him to serve as a consultant.
Accepted the resignation of Dee Hockensmith from the Parks Commission.