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Smithsburg: Briefs

January 04, 2000

Council passes public works ordinance

SMITHSBURG - The Town Council passed a public works ordinance and a supplemental budget ordinance Tuesday that will take effect Jan. 24.

The budget measure allows the council to spend approximately $54,000 of last year's overages on projects this year, according to council member James Cunningham III.

Last month, the council tried to pass the ordinance as an emergency measure with three council members present. Mayor Thomas J. Bowers said the town's charter requires four members for an emergency ordinance passage.

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Council introduces quit claim deed

SMITHSBURG - The Town Council introduced a quit claim deed Tuesday to reject a property offered by Smithsburg Development Corp.

The corporation offered a well site for dedication to Smithsburg but the council decided it does not need the property, according to a letter from its lawyer.

He asked the council to introduce an ordinance and execute the quit claim. A formal rejection of the property in the Whispering Hills subdivision would enable the corporation to market it.




Council joins Miss Utility program

SMITHSBURG - The Town Council Tuesday joined Maryland's Miss Utility program, designed to help prevent accidental damage to underground utilities.

Contractors who plan to dig anywhere within the town limits can contact Miss Utility with a toll-free number. The service then notifies the town, which has 48 hours to respond if, for instance, gas or electric lines are buried at the dig site.

Contractors who dig without calling first may be liable for any repair costs. The service will cost no more than $100 per year, according to the town's attorney.




The winners of Smithsburg's holiday decoration contest were announced at a town meeting Tuesday.

The winners of "best entryway" were: Ron Keplinger, 76 S. Main St., Douglas Stanley, 29 E. Water St., and Florence Main at 18 Chips Court. The commercial winner was Dixie Eatery.

Overall winners were: Bryan Santucci, 102 Sherris Way, Ken Duncan, 15. W. Water St., and Robert Robertson, 7 Grove Creek Circle.

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