Smithsburg briefs

November 08, 2000

Smithsburg briefs

Smithsburg to request state help with pipes

SMITHSBURG - Maryland Department of the Environment grants may be available to clean and line the town's aging cast iron pipes, Mayor Tommy Bowers said during Tuesday's Town Council meeting.

He said the pipes have been underground since the 1930s and have built up debris that restricts the lines.

When large amounts of water flows through, the debris is dislodged and residents get dirty water, he said.

Bowers said he will present MDE with a proposal of the areas that need to be addressed.

"I'll be putting together a long wish list," he said.

Bowers said the town will have to work with the old pipes because replacing them would be too costly.

Mayor complains about candy supply

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Mayor Tommy Bowers complained during a Town Council meeting Tuesday that a snack vendor who supplies Town Hall with treats has been lax in supplying them with chocolate.


He said he and other town employees love Snickers and Hershey's bars with almonds and the machines haven't held enough of them lately.

Police chief reports to Town Council

SMITHSBURG - Police Chief Ralf Berger told Town Council Tuesday that the police department received 52 calls for service in October.

Officers made one arrest on an assault with a firearm charge and one juvenile was charged with second-degree assault.

A total of 13 traffic citations were written including six for speeding. Four verbal warnings were given.

Berger said the department has been going on increased foot patrol to be more proactive and noted officers have completed Hagerstown City Police Department's bike patrol training.

He recommended the town buy two bikes at $1,000 each for officers to ride as well as uniforms costing $500 each.

The police department is working to compile a list of emergency phone numbers from area businesses. They will be inputted into Washington County Emergency Services' CAD system.

Snow plowing to be done equally for all

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Public Works Director Bill Loughridge said during Tuesday's Town Council meeting that there will be no "personal favors" this winter when it comes to snow plowing.

He said town workers agreed to special requests for specific snow piles to be moved or to uncover firewood from under snow piles last year but will not do so this year.

"We're going to plow the snow equally for everybody." he said.

Loughridge also said Lion's Club Park will be closed for the season on Monday and staff will begin winterizing projects.

Municipal League info is presented

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Town Council presented copies of the Maryland Municipal League's recently published compilation of information about the towns to Smithsburg school officials and Judith Ferro of the Smithsburg Town library during a council meeting Tuesday.

Tax set-off meeting

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town tax set-off meeting will be held at Town Hall on Feb. 13, 2001, at 7 p.m.

New street lights to be installed free

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Mayor Tommy Bowers said the town's new high-pressure sodium vapor streetlights are being installed free of charge by Allegheny Power.

He said the lights will cost the town a little more but will illuminate areas more effectively.

Maple Avenue sinkhole is fixed

SMITHSBURG  - A sinkhole that opened at 16 Maple Ave. has been fixed, Mayor Tommy Bowers said Tuesday.

He said the hole was partially on the street and partially on the sidewalk.

"It's a dangerous situation for pedestrians," he said.

The hole was temporarily filled with macadam because the streets will be rebuilt during future construction projects.

Another sinkhole recently appeared close to Chips Meadows, said Bowers, who said he planned to contact the property owner.

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