Smithsburg Town Council briefs

February 05, 2003|by ANDREA ROWLAND

Council OKs project to raise funds for trail

The Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to a town Economic Development Commission-Parks Commission project to raise funds for a fitness trail in Veterans Park.

Council members voted to allow local artist Sarah K. Brown, a member of the Parks Commission, to begin soliciting local businesses on Feb. 16 for participation in a quick reference map directory that she designed as an advertising tool.

"It's a real networking program for the town," Brown said.

The directory lists important town and county contact information and the names, addresses and phone numbers of the approximately 100 businesses in the Smithsburg area. Each business is referenced by number on a map of the area. The directory will be mailed to every Smithsburg-area resident through the town's monthly newsletter.


Interested businesses will have through the end of February to pay a listing fee of $30 for inclusion in the map directory. A state grant may match proceeds from listing sales, Brown said.

Contract awarded for playground equipment

The Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday voted to accept a more than $50,000 bid for the purchase and installation of new playground equipment for Veterans Park.

The council awarded the playground contract to West Recreation, which will provide equipment ranging from slides and spring toys to swings and crawl tubes. West Recreation offered better surface materials and more handicapped accessibility than the other bidder, said Carlo Belella, chairman of the town's parks commission.

Group wants to play up town's Civil War link

Smithsburg-area resident Preston "Toby" Law on Tuesday spoke to Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers and members of the Town Council about preserving Smithsburg's Civil War history.

Law represents the town in a group involved in creating a Maryland Civil War Heritage area in Frederick, Washington and Carroll counties. The group is working to boost tourism by highlighting the area's role during The Civil War.

"We know that Smithsburg played a big part in the retreat from Gettysburg (Pa.) and we want people to know about it," Law said. "We need to be prepared to show people that part of our heritage."

Interpretive signs and a heritage trail might be ways to highlight that part of the town's past, he said.

Principal touts reading, mentoring programs

Smithsburg Elementary School Principal Robin Handler on Tuesday asked town officials and members of the community to consider participating in a new mentoring program and a before-school reading program.

Handler hopes to launch the mentoring program to provide adult role models for elementary school students and expand the scope of the school's existing reading program, she said.

"It would just be great to have people from the community come in and read to the kids between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.," Handler said.

Appreciation day at stadium discussed

Luke Davis and Will Smith of the Hagerstown Suns baseball team on Tuesday discussed plans for a community appreciation day at Municipal Stadium.

Davis, assistant groundskeeper for the team, and Smith, director of ticket sales and merchandise, invited town officials and other community groups to participate in Suns Day on June 1.

The Suns will provide Smithsburg-based nonprofit groups with discounted tickets that can then be sold at full price to raise money for charity, Smith said.

The Smithsburg Fire Department could show off an engine at the game, town officials could throw the first pitch, and school marching bands could perform at the stadium, Davis said.

"We can make this as big or small as you guys want," Smith said.

Curbing replacement backed by council

The Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday voted to replace the curbing on Maple Avenue from Water Street to the railroad tracks.

Phase one of the Maple Avenue street overlay project will start in early spring, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said.

"The curbing is a one-time gift to the property owners to encourage them to do their sidewalks if necessary," she said.

Auction for library raises $5,500

A recent auction to raise funds for a new branch library was a success, Councilman Jerome Martin said Tuesday.

The Jan. 25 auction raised about $5,500 for the new library, he said.

Town flags on sale

Smithsburg Town Manager Betsy Martin on Tuesday invited community groups to purchase the new town flags now available at Town Hall.

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