Smithsburg Town Council briefs

January 09, 2002

Smithsburg Town Council briefs

New police chief sworn in Tuesday

SMITHSBURG - The town's new police chief was sworn in Tuesday.

Michael Potter left the Maryland State Police after 27 years to take the Smithsburg job, which had been open for about five months.

"I have faith in you," Mayor Tommy Bowers, a former town police chief, told Potter, "and I know you have faith in the police profession."

Potter was met with a round of welcomes from the Town Council and Clerk/Treasurer Betsy Martin.

Prizes awarded for town decorating contest

SMITHSBURG - The town's Economic Development Commission awarded the following prizes for the Dec. 15 home and business decorating contest:


HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Overall decorating, $50 each: Ken Duncan of 15 W. Water St., Rick Bachtell of 8 Grove Creek Circle and Thomas Winowiecki of 23 W. Water St.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Entry way, $20 each: Ron Keplinger of 76 S. Main St., Andrew Waltz of 90 Amanda Drive and Douglas Stanley of 29 E. Water St.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Commercial, $40: Dixie Eatery.

Police Department got 127 calls for service

SMITHSBURG - The town's police department received 127 calls for service in December, according to a report presented to the Mayor and Town Council Tuesday.

The department arrested two adults for driving with a suspended license and one juvenile for destruction of property.

The department also issued 28 traffic tickets and 20 warnings, including five speeding tickets and 11 warnings for speeding.

"It looks like people were in a hurry to get somewhere this month," Councilman Charlie Slick said.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department handled 18 calls in Smithsburg while the town police department was off-duty.

- Andrew Schotz

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