Smithsburg briefs

June 02, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Police calls in May 'through the roof'

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Police Chief Michael Potter said at Tuesday's Smithsburg Town Council meeting that service calls for May had "gone through the roof."

There were 195 calls for service in May and 13 arrests, Potter said.

Five adults were arrested on fourth-degree burglary charges. Other arrests were on charges of disorderly conduct, an outstanding warrant and a traffic violation, Potter said.

Potter said charges lodged against juveniles included second-degree assault, trespassing, aggravated assault and fourth-degree burglary.

There were 11 reports of malicious destruction of property in May, Potter said.

"We have some active seniors at the school," he said. "This is the most active May in some time."

Traffic check finds no speeding problem

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Police Chief Michael Potter said the department's officers set up a traffic control check along Amanda Drive after residents said there was a speeding problem in the area.


Potter said the study indicated the average speed was 25.4 mph for eastbound traffic and 25.8 mph for westbound traffic. He said the fastest passing vehicle on the eastbound side was traveling at 31 mph, and the fastest westbound vehicle was going 43 mph. The posted speed limit is 25 mph.

Based on the study, Potter said he didn't think speeding was a problem and he did not believe stop signs were needed.

Poker Run raises $479 for new library

SMITHSBURG - The annual Motorcycle Poker Run on May 23 raised $479 to benefit the new library fund, Smithsburg Councilman Jerome Martin said Tuesday.

The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Smithsburg Library, involved area motorcyclists riding a 100-mile course and collecting a poker playing card at each of five stops, which they used to play against one another upon returning to Veterans Memorial Park.

Council liaison appointments made

SMITHSBURG - The following Town Council liaison appointments were made during a May 25 work session, according to a news release prepared by Clerk/Treasurer/Manager Betsy Martin:

  • Planning Commission - Ralph Regan.

  • Smithsburg Improvement Commission - Shirley Aurand.

  • Park Commission - Regan, William Mills.

  • Library Board - Jerome Martin, Thomas Smith.

  • CPACS - Aurand.

  • Public Works - Jerome Martin.

During the same meeting, Jerome Martin was approved as vice president of the council and volunteered to serve on the Historical Society Board of Directors. Mills also volunteered to serve on that board.

Town public works services are listed

SMITHSBURG - The following services were performed by the Smithsburg Public Works Department in May, a department news release said:

  • A sewage pump was repaired at the Smithsburg High School pump station.

  • An adult swing and benches were installed at Veteran's Memorial Park.

  • Spring cleanups were conducted at the two pump stations and the library.

  • Maple Avenue residents were informed about curbing and sidewalk work in the area.

  • Town lawns were mowed.

  • Flags were put up in observance of Memorial Day.

  • Monthly inspections of town fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and emergency lighting were conducted.

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