Smithsburg briefs

June 05, 2002

Donations take library branch fund over $500,000

More than $500,000 has been raised to build a new library branch, Councilman Jerome Martin said at Tuesday's Town Council meeting.

Last Thursday was a good day for raising money, Smithsburg Library Board President Judith Ferro said during a telephone interview after the meeting, which she did attend.

The estate of the late Arthur Jacques and the late Alice Sieck - who were once married to each other - donated $105,000 that day, she said.

The same day, the library received a $25,000 pledge from Marlene and Michael Young, area residents who recently moved to Smithsburg, Ferro said.


The Youngs have submitted a check for $15,000 and plan to pay $10,000 more next year, according to Ferro.

The new 10,000-square-foot library branch is expected to cost $1 million. The library fund now has about $540,000, Ferro said.

The subtotal includes $25,000 in the town's budget for the coming year, but does not include $25,000 the town pledged for the following year, Ferro said.

It also includes $2,000 former Councilman Charlie Slick has paid to the fund out of his $5,000 pledge.

Officials to discuss drainage problems

The mayor and Town Council will meet at Town Hall on June 27 at 7 p.m. to discuss drainage problems in the Whispering Hills development.

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said representatives from the Maryland Department of the Environment, Washington County, the town's public works department and the developer will attend. Residents experiencing drainage problems in that area are invited to attend.

Jim Bullock of Amanda Lane said driveways and sidewalks in his neighborhood have flooded and houses have been damaged. Bullock said he created a 30-minute video that shows problems during a recent storm.

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