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Smithsburg briefs

October 09, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Town to consider garbage policies


SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council will mull and likely vote on ordinance revisions related to town garbage policies while reviewing other ordinance changes later this year, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said Tuesday.

Myers said the council is considering making changes to the existing garbage ordinance that loosely will be modeled after a Sharpsburg ordinance. She said the main points of the revisions likely will include the type of containers permitted for holding garbage and fine amounts for offenders.

Myers said she believes they would not follow Sharpsburg's fine guidelines, which range from $25 to $500 per offense, because she believes their penalties are too extreme.

"The problem is not that severe that we need a severe punishment," Myers said.

The council is looking into changes to the ordinance because of increasing reports of people using unsuitable containers and leaving garbage cans on sidewalks throughout the week.

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"People leaving their garbage cans out there all week long, that's ridiculous," Myers said.

Myers and Ralph Regan said they hope having a penalty will solve the problem by people changing their ways to avoid being fined.

"Hopefully we won't have to go that far," Regan said.




Planning Commission meeting canceled


SMITHSBURG - Planning Commission Development Administrator Randy Dick said the commission meeting scheduled for Thursday has been canceled. He said there was nothing on its agenda.

The next meeting will be Nov. 6, Dick said.




Group mulls land subdivision rules


SMITHSBURG - The Planning Commission is mulling changes to Smithsburg's land subdivision ordinance.

Development Administrator Randy Dick told the council that changes to the ordinance would start in January.

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said the town's subdivision ordinance has not been revised since the mid-1970s.




Development issues discussed at meeting


SMITHSBURG - Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said town officials held a special meeting on Sept. 17 to discuss lingering issues with development at Whispering Hills.

Myers said the town still is concerned about issues such as the inclusion of a storm water pond and other drainage problems there. Whispering Hills developers did not attend the meeting, according to Myers.

"Developers were asked to attend. Their choice was, they did not," she said.




Police advisory group elects new officials


SMITHSBURG - The Citizen's Police Advisory Committee met on Oct. 2 and elected officials for the next year.

Chris Andrukat is the new chairman, James Mott is the vice chairman and David House is the secretary.

In recent weeks, Clarence Miller and Bonnie Smith resigned from CPAC due to health reasons, said Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers.

The next CPAC meeting is scheduled for Nov. 6. Potential new members are encouraged to attend.




Library Board raises nearly $725,000


SMITHSBURG - Councilman Jerome Martin said the Library Board has raised $724,932 for the new library.

Martin said upcoming fund-raising events to benefit the library will include a Dec. 8 open house/chili dinner at the Shaw residence and another basket bingo night, the date for which has not been determined.

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said Tuesday that the site plan for the new library is nearing completion.




Group may hold camp at Veterans Park


SMITHSBURG - Park Commission Chairman Carlo Belella said the commission is looking into holding a summer camp at Veterans Park and working on upgrades there for Babe Ruth league baseball for next year.

Belella said the commission also is putting the finishing touches on planning for a Veterans Day ceremony, to be held at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Veterans Park. Belella said the commission is looking into options for a featured speaker.

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