Smithsburg briefs

August 04, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Four sidewalks being raised

SMITHSBURG - The Town of Smithsburg is expecting to pay about $8,400 to raise the sidewalks at four properties on Maple Avenue, according to minutes of an executive session signed by Smithsburg Clerk/Treasurer/Manager Betsy Martin.

There have been problems with standing water at some Maple Avenue residences because the sidewalks involved with ongoing replacements are lower than the corresponding curbs, the minutes state.

Two named to commission

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council appointed two new representatives to the Smithsburg Improvement Commission Tuesday.

The council appointed Craig McCleaf to a three-year term that will expire in July 2007. The council also appointed Harold Boyer as the Planning Commission's representative on the Smithsburg Improvement Commission. His appointment will expire in July 2005, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said Tuesday.

Public Works tasks outlined

SMITHSBURG - The Town of Smithsburg Public Works Department completed the following tasks, among others, during the month of July, according to documents released by the department:

  • A facility tour was give to new council members.

  • Annual maintenance of the town's fire hydrants and inspection of manholes began.

  • Picked up security equipment for Veterans Memorial and Lions parks.

  • Installed a support brace for the adult swing at Veterans Memorial Park.

  • Hosted and attended a Maryland Rural Water class on corrosion control for water lines.

  • Set out flags, trash cans, barricades, cones and welcome signs for Smithsburg Pride Days.

  • Sprayed for weeds and mowed grass at all town-owned areas.

  • Performed preventive maintenance tasks and inspections on numerous pieces of town-owned transportation, landscaping and safety equipment.

Magazine honors police car designs

SMITHSBURG - A national magazine has awarded the Smithsburg Police Department for having one of the best visually designed police vehicles in the country.

The department received a second-place award in the Municipal Agency II category, municipalities with fewer than 50 officers, in Law and Order Magazine's 2004 Vehicle Graphics Design Contest.

The magazine noted Smithsburg's quality design that incorporates the town flag and the colors of the Smithsburg officers' uniforms, green and gold.

The contest began more than two decades ago, according to the magazine. The magazine did not say how many police agencies entered the contest in the Municipal Agency II category.

Two parks to get security cameras

SMITHSBURG - The Town of Smithsburg Public Works Department will install security cameras at Veterans Memorial and Lions parks within the next month.

Town officials have said vandalism has been an ongoing problem at the parks.

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said authorities hope to catch those involved in vandalism at the parks red-handed.

"Periodically, it seems like it goes in spells. It's costing the town money to constantly repair whatever," she said.

Myers said the increased problems are not a complete surprise because of the quickly increasing population inside and near the town's borders.

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