Smithsburg briefs

March 07, 2002|BY ANDREW SCHOTZ

The town's water usage in February was down from the previous month, Public Works Director Bill Loughridge told the Mayor and Town Council Tuesday.

The estimated usage dropped from 6.81 million gallons in January to 5.48 million gallons in February. The daily average usage decreased from 220,000 gallons to 196,000 gallons.

Smithsburg buys water from the City of Hagerstown.

Loughridge said the decline is important because of drought conditions and water shortages in Washington County.

Smithsburg Town Council members may discuss imposing water restrictions, if the state does not enact them first.

Town Council proclaims Girl Scouts Week

The Mayor and Town Council issued a proclamation congratulating the Girl Scouts on their 90th anniversary this month. The proclamation saluted the Scouts' "character, conduct and patriotism."

The week of March 10 to 16 was named Girl Scouts Week.

Police report activity to Town Council

The town's police department responded to 161 calls for service in February, according to a report submitted to the Mayor and Town Council Tuesday.


Five calls involved crimes: two cases of breaking an entering with force and one case each of physical child abuse, harassment and a recovered stolen vehicle.

The police department arrested one person on a charge of consuming an alcoholic beverage on public property.

The department also gave out 35 vehicle and traffic tickets and warnings.

Town Council members noted that the number of calls on the monthly reports has gone up since the beginning of the year, when Mike Potter took over as police chief.

Potter said he's not sure there actually have been more calls. He said it could be because he is "demanding more documentation" of police activities.

Elections Board vacancy filled

SMITHSBURG - Kay Duncan was appointed to the town's Elections Board Tuesday night. The Town Council voted 4-0 to have Duncan fill a vacancy that opened when Maureen Springer resigned.

Duncan's term will expire in July 2003.

Town Council amends residency requirement

Some members of the town's Park Commission can live outside town limits, under a bylaw amendment approved Tuesday.

The commission must have a minimum of five members and a maximum of nine. An amendment that the council approved Tuesday allows two of the members to live outside Smithsburg's corporate limits.

- Andrew Schotz

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