Smithsburg briefs

December 08, 2004

Town to accept ownership of pond

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council voted unanimously, 5-0, to accept ownership of a stormwater management pond in an area housing development at its meeting Tuesday.

The council has agreed to accept a pond inside the Whispering Hills housing development as town property. The town will manage that area, though other portions of the property are still to be maintained by the development's owner.

The pond stretches behind four existing homes in the development, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said.

Citizen's Police group bylaws adopted

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council voted unanimously, 5-0, to adopt changes to the Citizen's Police Advisory Committee's bylaws at its meeting Tuesday.

According to town documents, the committee will consist of at least seven people who are recommended by Smithsburg Police Department Chief Michael Potter and approved by the mayor and town council. The committee may have two members who live outside the corporate limits of Smithsburg, according to documents.


Councilwoman Shirley Aurand said the previous bylaws called for a minimum of five members, all of whom must live in the town limits.

Library design plans near completion

SMITHSBURG - Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said Monday that the design plans for the town's new library, to be located at Veterans Memorial Park, are nearing completion.

Myers said county library officials will meet with members from a local committee to discuss specifics about the building's design next month.

Myers said an April groundbreaking is expected, and the library is expected to open by the end of 2005.

- Brian Shappell

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