Smithsburg Town Council briefs

March 05, 2003|by ANDREA ROWLAND

Resolution would adopt town personnel policy

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday voted to introduce a resolution to adopt the town's first personnel policy for Smithsburg employees.

The policy - which was prepared by the Institute of Governmental Services with the help of Martin and Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers and later reviewed and revised by members of the Town Council - covers worker issues ranging from benefits to an inclement weather policy, Myers said.

The Town Council will vote to accept or reject the resolution at its monthly meeting in April. If accepted, the resolution will take effect 20 days later.

Fire department responds to 40 calls

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Fire Department responded to 40 calls for service - 34 out of town and 6 within town limits - in February, Capt. Sam Ginn said Tuesday.


Friday was the busiest day of the month and 6 a.m. to noon the busiest time of day, Ginn said.

Council schedules cleanup for April 26

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday voted to hold the town's annual spring cleanup from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 26.

The town will provide seven Dumpsters for residents to fill with unwanted bulk trash. A list of acceptable items for disposal will be available at Town Hall. Police will enforce dumping rules, town officials said.

"If you abuse it, you lose it," Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said following a lengthy discussion about past illegal dumping activity.

Council members voted to purchase seven tarps to cover the Dumpsters in hopes of thwarting such abuse.

Council, mayor updated on trail fund-raiser

SMITHSBURG - A Smithsburg Economic Development Commission-Parks Commission project to raise funds for a fitness trail in Veterans Park has been successful so far, Parks Commission member Sarah K. Brown told the mayor and members of the Town Council on Tuesday.

An artist, Brown designed a quick reference map directory as an advertising tool for area businesses. 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.

About 40 businesses have paid a $30 listing fee for inclusion in the map directory, and another 60 business owners have expressed interest, Brown said.

Town to buy tree to raise child abuse awareness

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday voted to participate in a Washington County Family Violence Council event slated for April.

The Family Violence Council asked the town to provide a pine tree that could be decorated with blue lights to raise awareness about child abuse. Council members voted to purchase a tree - which could then be planted in Veterans Park - if a suitable fir wasn't already available in town.

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