Smithsburg briefs

April 06, 2001

Smithsburg briefs

Town Council wants to see library in park

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday expressed its support for a new library branch in Veterans Park.

The council agreed to send a letter to the Washington County Commissioners that says the town favors the park site.

"The park is the most viable option," said Mayor Tommy Bowers.

The town obtained and improved the Veterans Park property with Maryland Program Open Space funding. To use parkland for a library, the town must obtain additional open space to replace it, according to state regulations.

Councilman Jerome Martin suggested that the town set up a building fund for the library branch as a further show of support.

Council seeks help with city charter review

SMITHSBURG - An appointed committee will study the town's charter and recommend changes.

The Town Council on Tuesday decided that the committee will include Councilwoman Elizabeth Mann, Councilman Mike Rohrer, Clerk/Treasurer Betsy Martin, Mayor Tommy Bowers and three members of the public.


Bowers said parts of the charter don't reflect structural changes in the town's government, such as staggered terms for council members.

"Now, we need volunteers ...," Bowers said. "Hopefully, we'll have them lined up at the door."

The mayor and council will consider applicants at the council's April 24 workshop.

Construction on water line extension to begin

SMITHSBURG - Work on the North Main Street water line replacement will begin next week, according to Mayor Tommy Bowers.

At a special meeting on March 27, the council awarded the bid to D.L. George and Sons over three other bidders. The town will pay the company $49,768 for 330 feet of water line, according to minutes of the special meeting.

Council members acknowledged that the job may include up to 220 more feet of line and may cost as much as $87,000.

Bartlett will speak at new park dedication

SMITHSBURG - U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., will speak when the Veterans Park is dedicated on May 30 at 6 p.m., Councilman Charlie Slick said.

"I know a lot of people don't agree with his politics, but when it comes to veterans, we don't play games," Slick said.

As of Tuesday, the fund for the new memorial garden, benches and monuments had reached almost $11,000, close to the goal of $14,000, he said.

Smithsburg police report 95 calls in March

SMITHSBURG - The town's police department answered 95 calls for service in March, according to a report presented to the mayor and council Tuesday night.

The department arrested two adults and five juveniles.

The department also issued 39 citations and 18 written warnings.

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