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Smithsburg briefs

October 07, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Mayor has meeting with HCC officials


SMITHSBURG - Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said Tuesday that she was among several Washington County mayors who met with officials from Hagerstown Community College last month.

Myers said 211 Smithsburg residents are enrolled at the school, a 51.8 percent increase from 2000.

"I was shocked at how many people I know that were on that list," Myers said.




Trick-or-treat night planned for Oct. 28


SMITHSBURG -The Smithsburg Town Council announced Tuesday that the town's "Trick-or-Treat" night is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 28.

The event in the future will be held on the Thursday closest to Halloween unless otherwise noted, according to minutes from a Sept. 28 work session.




Library still trying to raise $100,000


SMITHSBURG - Judith Ferro, president of the town's library board, said Tuesday the group is still trying to raise about $100,000 for the new library slated to be constructed at Veterans Memorial Park on West Water Street.

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Ferro said about $775 was added to the total in the last month as a result of basket and craft sales, bringing the total raised for the project to $1.14 million, according to the board. The board's goal for the project is $1.25 million. Funds have been raised through grants, events and private donations.

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

Ferro said a house tour is scheduled for Oct. 17. She said hosts/hostesses are needed for two of the houses on the tour. Tour admission costs $12.

Tickets are available at the Town Hall and the Smithsburg General Store, Ferro said.




Resident concerned about traffic issues


SMITHSBURG - A Maple Avenue resident submitted a letter to Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers and the Smithsburg Town Council Tuesday citing new traffic problems on the road since sidewalk improvements were completed.

Dee Hockensmith said sidewalk replacements and improvements between the railroad tracks and Bishop Lane have reduced parking area on the street, forcing drivers to use more of the roadway. Hockensmith said motorists consequently have less driving area, creating virtual games of "chicken" between motorists trying to pass on the road in opposite directions.

Hockensmith said residents are worried that conditions will become worse in the winter if residents are forced to pile snow on the side of the road, leaving even less space.




Public Works details tasks performed


SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Public Works Department reported Tuesday that it conducted the following tasks in September:

· Ordered repair supplies for a park pavilion;

· Set up traffic cones, barricades, flags and trash cans from the Steam and Craft Show;

· Constructed and installed shelving at the library;

· Repaired or replaced 14 damaged water meters;

· Completed annual maintenance on 45 of the town's 104 fire hydrants;

n Conducted monthly inspections on town fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and emergency lighting;

· Cleaned and performed preventive maintenance on snow blowers, generators, a light set, lawn movers, a leaf vacuum, a chain saw and a weed eater.




Town police respond to 212 calls in month


SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Police Department reported it received 212 calls for service during the month of September, but made just two arrests.

Smithsburg Police Department Chief Michael Potter said two individuals were charged with second-degree assault, including one adult and one juvenile.

Potter said 109 traffic citations were written in September, including 61 warnings, 24 for moving violations and 18 for parking violations.




Police receive seat belt award


SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Police Department Chief Michael Potter said Tuesday that the department received an award for its efforts in the 2004 Maryland Chiefs Seatbelt Challenge.

Potter said the department issued 70 citations during a campaign that began in April and targeted motorists who were not using seat belts. Potter said compliance jumped to 90 percent, up from 88 percent, during a two-month span.

Potter said this is the first Chiefs Seatbelt Challenge Award the department has received.

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