Smithsburg briefs

November 13, 2002|BY ANDREA ROWLAND

Town Council OKs text ammendments

The Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to introduce text amendments to the town's public safety and conduct ordinance. The changes take effect in 20 days, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said.

The revisions include:

  • A provision that allows people to obtain a permit to park at the same location on the town's streets for between two and 30 days without getting ticketed.

  • Notification that a $50 fine will be added to parking citations not contested in court or paid within 30 days. The additional fine is already noted on parking tickets.

  • Changes to the "junk vehicle" section of the ordinance, including the town's right to remove junk vehicles from public property if the vehicles' owners do not remove them within 72 hours after being notified to do so.

  • A provision that allows children 11 and under to ride their bicycles on town sidewalks.

Thanks given for Veterans Day ceremonies

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers and several town council members on Tuesday thanked town Parks Commission Chairman Carlo Belella for organizing the Veterans Day ceremony held Monday at the town's Veterans Park.


"It was an event we can be proud of. It was very moving," Myers said.

Participants included the Rev. John Schildt, Smithsburg High School band, AMVETS Post 10 Color Guard and Girl Scout Troops 232 and 235. Charlie Slick served as master of ceremonies at the event, which was attended by about 100 people, Belella said.

Park rules approved

The Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday approved rules and regulations for Veterans Park.

The rules will be sent to groups and individuals renting pavilions in the park, Town Manager Betsy Martin said.

Police chief reports

Smithsburg police responded to 148 calls for service in October, Chief Mike Potter said Tuesday.

Police made two juvenile arrests for burglary and two juvenile arrests for destruction of property, according to a monthly police report. One racially motivated crime involved more than $2,300 worth of damage to a vehicle at Smithsburg High School, Potter said.

"The arrests were made and there have been no further incidents," he said.

Police also cited 11 juveniles for tobacco use, Potter said.

Parking permits to be issued

Residents of North Main Street in Smithsburg this month will receive two parking permits per household to enable them to park on the street for any length of time without being ticketed, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said Tuesday.

Town Council appoints Rohrer

The Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to appoint William Mike Rohrer as a nonvoting member of the town's Parks Commission.

Rohrer, who lives outside town limits, was once a "valuable asset" to the committee that oversaw Lions Community Park, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said.

Mayor gives recognition

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers on Tuesday congratulated Police Chief Mike Potter for being nominated as one of Washington County's "Most Wonderful Citizens."

Myers also recognized the courage of Smithsburg resident and Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class D.W. Smith, who was the first law enforcement officer on the scene Oct. 24 when two suspects linked to sniper shooting deaths in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., were taken into custody at a highway rest stop off Interstate 70 near the Myersville, Md., exit.

"I feel he's one of Smithsburg's finest citizens," Myers said.

Library Board closer to goal

Donations and pledges to the Smithsburg Library Building Fund now total about $600,000, Councilman Jerome Martin said Tuesday.

He encouraged individuals and businesses to continue to support the cause and help the Library Board meet its goal of $1 million for the new library to be built in Veterans Park.

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