Smithsburg briefs

January 08, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Fire Co. answered 31 calls in December

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Company responded to 31 calls in the month of December, according to the company's January report.

The report said 26 of the 31 calls were outside of town limits and the largest number of calls, 10, were for structure fires.

Captain Sam Ginn said, in a letter to the Smithsburg Town Council, the following people successfully completed the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute Engine Company class: Chief Ron Jeter, Deputy Chief Steve Lewis, Assistant Chief Chuck Baker, Lt. Frank Chilcoat, Lt. Patrick Baker and firefighters Danny Gibson, Charles Johnson, Becky Knott and Randy Smith.

Report: Seven of eight arrests were juveniles

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Police Department responded to 123 calls for service in December, according to the police report for the month of December.


The report said there were multiple reports of second-degree assault, juveniles in possession of tobacco products, malicious destruction of property and intoxicated students on school property.

Of the eight arrests made in December, seven involved juvenile offenders. The sole adult arrest was on a charge of marijuana possession.

Smithsburg officers also wrote out 130 traffic citations, including 84 warnings and 14 parking tickets, the report said.

Public Works plans move to new office

SMITHSBURG - In December, the Smithsburg Public Works Department handled snow removal twice, installed five water meters, completed work on the new police office, and removed holiday decorations from around town, according to its December report.

The report said Public Works employees plan to complete the department's move to a new office and work on 10 picnic tables for the Community Park.

Approximately 7.58 million gallons of water, an average of 244,548 gallons per day, were used by Smithsburg residents in December. Both amounts were up from the yearly average. The monthly average for 2003 was 6.57 million gallons, and the daily average was 211,846 gallons.

December library fund-raising a success

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Councilman Jerome Martin said December fund-raising efforts for a new public library building were successful.

Martin said several thousand dollars was raised through a tour and chili dinner at the Old Stone Mill. Martin said the Library Board also received multiple grants in December, the largest of which was for $25,000.

Martin said more than $800,000 has been raised to date.

The board and Town Council are scheduled to meet with Washington County Public Works Director Gary Rohrer about the new library's site plan on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

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