Smithsburg town briefs

December 03, 2003|by LAURA ERNDE

Lawyer to write letter to local developer

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg's lawyer will write a letter to a local developer who, according to town officials, threatened town contract employees last month.

At the suggestion of Councilman Jerome Martin, the council voted Tuesday to ask Doug Bachtell of Smithsburg Development Corp. not to verbally abuse and threaten town employees or their contractors.

According to a Nov. 14 memo written to Wagaman by Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers, contractors hired to mow the developer's property "experienced threatening phone calls at their homes."

"I apologized to them for having to experience this immature and irresponsible behavior of Doug Bachtell," the memo said.

Martin said it's not the first time Bachtell has yelled at town employees.

"It's the bully mentality," said Councilman James LaFemina.

Town Attorney Charles Wagaman said he will send a letter to Bachtell and his attorney, he said.

Christmas open house planned for Sunday

SMITHSBURG - A Christmas open house is planned for Sunday at Old Stone Mill, Town Clerk Betsy Martin announced at Tuesday's Smithsburg Town Council meeting.


The mill, at 13306 Edgemont Road, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets cost $8 in advance at $10 at the door. They can be purchased at Smithsburg Library and several local businesses.

Proceeds will benefit the library building fund.

Children's holiday party is planned

SMITHSBURG - The Citizen's Police Advisory Committee will holiday a children's holiday party from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 12, Police Chief Michael Potter said.

The party, on the second floor of Town Hall, can hold up to 150 children, he said.

Town police issued 83 citations in month

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Police had 157 calls for service in November, Chief Michael Potter said Tuesday.

Six adults and four juveniles were arrested during the month, he said.

Police issued 83 citations for the month, including 28 written warnings, 18 traffic tickets and 25 parking tickets.

EMS personnel respond to 75 calls

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to 75 calls for service in November.

Through the month, the most common call types were for vehicle accidents and chest pains, which accounted for 23 calls. There were also two assists on fire calls in November.

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