Smithsburg briefs

September 08, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

$1.2 million raised for new library

SMITHSBURG - Nearly $1.2 million has been raised for the new library in Smithsburg, library board President Judith Ferro said Tuesday.

Ferro said the latest influx of money, $25,000 for furnishings inside the library, came from the Washington County Gaming Commission. The board is still seeking donations and planning events to raise funds.

"We're hoping once we get close to the actual time of building, more money will come in," Ferro said.

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers reiterated that more money is needed in case there are any price increases associated with the construction of the new library, which is to be built at Veterans Memorial Park on West Water Street.

The library will be a branch of the Washington County Free Library.

Immobilizing boot paying off, chief says

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Police Department Chief Michael Potter said the use of an immobilizing boot on vehicles owned by motorists with three or more unpaid parking tickets is already paying dividends.


Potter said officers used the boot three times since the Smithsburg Town Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance establishing the penalty for flagrant parking offenders. He said $500 in parking tickets have been paid since.

"We may not use it ever again, but we made our point," Potter said.

GOP headquarters grand opening set

SMITHSBURG - Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said Tuesday that a grand opening for Republican headquarters is planned for Saturday at 138 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown.

Myers, public relations chairwoman for the Washington County Republican Central Committee, said the event is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Signs, bumper stickers, information about candidates running this year and voter registration information will be available, according to a press release she prepared.

Police respond to 146 calls in August

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Police Department responded to 146 calls for service in August, according to documents released Tuesday by police.

The most common reportable crime was disorderly conduct, and police responded to 11 such reports, the documents state.

Two adults, both charged with burglary, and seven juveniles were arrested in August, the documents state.

Police said officers issued 85 citations to motorists in August, according to documents. Police said 56 of the citations were written warnings and 16 were parking citations.

Several maintenance tasks completed

SMITHSBURG - The following maintenance tasks were among those performed by the Smithsburg Public Works Department in August, according to documents released by the department Tuesday:

· Water meter readings were conducted.

· A snowplow was installed on a town truck.

· A broken water line was repaired at Kevin's Court.

· Thirteen water meters were assembled and installed.

· A chlorine analyzer was installed at the Smithsburg Pump Station.

· Annual inspections and maintenance tasks continued on town manholes, fire hydrants, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and emergency lighting.

· Preventive maintenance was performed on snowblowers, generators, lawn mowers, a light set, a leaf vacuum, a chain saw and a blower.

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