Smithsburg Town Council briefs

December 04, 2002

Charter amended

The Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to adopt amendments to the town's charter. The changes basically update the charter, which hasn't undergone a major revision since 1957, Town Attorney Charles Wagaman has said.

"We feel very proud of this document," Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said. "We feel we now have a charter that speaks to the needs of the town."

No one commented on the proposed amendments during a public hearing held prior to Tuesday's 7 p.m. meeting. The changes will take effect Jan. 22. Full copies of the amendments are available at Town Hall for review.

Safety ordinance revised

The Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to adopt text changes to the town's public safety and conduct ordinance.


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 age 11 and under to ride their bicycles on town sidewalks.

Tax rebate meeting set

The Washington County Commissioners will meet in Smithsburg to discuss the town's annual tax rebate at 7 p.m. on Jan. 21. The meeting is open to the public, Town Manager Betsy Martin said Tuesday.

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