Smithsburg town council briefs

April 02, 2003|by ANDREA ROWLAND

Town adopts personnel policy

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday voted to adopt the town's first personnel policy for Smithsburg employees. The policy covers worker issues ranging from benefits to an inclement weather policy, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said.

The resolution will take effect April 21.

Workers to secure town fire hydrants

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg public works employees will install security devices on the town's fire hydrants, Public Works Director Bill Loughridge said Tuesday.

The Mueller Hydrant Defenders will protect against contamination of the town's water supply - a threat that has gained significance since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Loughridge said.

"We're probably not at great risk right now, but we do have the opportunity to do something to prevent a problem," he said.


Fire department and town officials agreed that the preventative measure should be taken. The hydrant security devices make it impossible to gain access to the hydrant's water supply without a key. It will cost about $6,500 to outfit the town's estimated 125 meters, Loughridge said.

There is enough money in the current budget to cover the expense, he said.

Fire Department responds to 37 calls

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Fire Department responded to 37 calls for service - 32 out of town and 5 within town limits - in March, Capt. Sam Ginn said Tuesday.

An average of eight volunteers staffed the department for the month, responding to the most calls between noon and 6 p.m., Ginn said.

He said firefighters will soon survey all homes in the Smithsburg area for fire safety, including checks for working smoke detectors.

Cleanup scheduled

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg's annual spring cleanup will be held from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 26. Dumpsters will be set up behind the Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services building, Town Manager Betsy Martin said Tuesday.

A list of acceptable items for disposal will be available at Town Hall. Police will enforce dumping rules, town officials said.

Police made five arrests in March

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg police responded to 142 calls for service in March, according to a monthly police report.

Police made one adult arrest on an aggravated assault-domestic violence charge, and four juvenile arrests on charges of possession of alcohol, aggravated assault, trespassing and simple assault, according to the report.

Police issued 16 moving citations, 20 parking tickets, 37 written warnings and one juvenile citation during the month, the report states.

Streets to be cleaned April 7, 8

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg's streets will be cleaned on April 7 and April 8. No parking signs will be posted on Friday, Public Works Director Bill Loughridge said Tuesday.

The streets will have to be free of parked vehicles from 6 a.m. until the cleaning is done, he said.

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