Smithsburg Town Council briefs

October 08, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Completed, upcoming projects are discussed

SMITHSBURG - During the month of September, the Town of Smithsburg Public Works Department completed several projects.

The projects included third-quarter water meter readings; cleaning areas of the town, including Whispering Hills, following Tropical Storm Isabel; the move of the Smithsburg Historical Society to three separate locations; and repairs to the metal roof and dusk-to-dawn lighting at Community Park, Clerk/Treasurer/Manager Betsy Martin said.

Department documents said upcoming projects include the winterizing/closing of the town parks and pump stations, and conducting smoke testing at several Smithsburg locations.

17 juveniles arrested in month of September

SMITHSBURG - Though the Smithsburg Police Department had no incidents involving the arrests of adults during the month of September, the same could not be said for juveniles.


Chief Michael Potter said police arrested 17 juveniles during the month on a range of offenses, including two first-degree assaults, cruelty to animals, and possession of alcohol and tobacco products.

Potter said the animal-cruelty charge stemmed from two young residents shooting a dog with a paintball gun.

Potter also said James "J.R." Bowers now is working without supervision. That and the 10-hour shifts officers now are working have allowed coverage seven days a week, though not 24 hours per day, Potter said. As a result, the Washington County Sheriff's Department handled only six calls in Smithsburg in September, he said.

Bowers said the 10-hour shifts helped keep overtime hours down during Tropical Storm Isabel.

"Thankfully, it wasn't as bad as we thought it would be," he said. "We had coverage all through the night and only had to pay out four hours in overtime."

Town's fire company responds to 53 calls

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co. responded to 53 calls in the month of September, nine of which were inside town limits.

The majority of the calls were for flooding (16) and downed wires (14), according to company documents. Documents said the average number of personnel responding per call was 9.6.

The company provided aid a total of eight times to three other municipalities, including six times to Leitersburg.

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