Smithsburg briefs

June 10, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Chief: Senior pranks were 'pretty tame'

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Police Department Chief Michael Potter said Tuesday that recent "senior pranks" that accompany the end of the school year were "pretty tame" compared with previous years.

Potter said police halted several of the planned student pranks before any damage was done.

Among the successful efforts was an incident at Smithsburg High School in which the license plates from nearly 30 vehicles parked near the school's tennis courts were removed and thrown into a pile.

Still, he said the incidents were not as bad as that of other years, especially 2004, when things "got out of hand."

"Other than that (the license plates incident), things went pretty smooth ... but graduation isn't until Friday, so we'll keep our guard up," Potter said.

Police department responds to 192 calls

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Police Department responded to 192 calls for service in May, according to documents released at Tuesday's Smithsburg Town Council meeting.

Chief Michael Potter, who was presented with a citation at Tuesday's meeting for the department's cooperation with the Washington County Sheriff's Department, said there were five adult arrests and three juvenile arrests during the month.

Police also reported that 93 citations, including 50 warnings and 23 for moving violations, were filed during the month.

Council OKs public facilities ordinance

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to adopt an Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance that will allow the town to keep a portion of fees charged on new construction.

Town Attorney Charles F. Wagaman Jr. reiterated that, by adopting the ordinance, the town could share in a portion of a new excise tax.

The town's ordinance is based on a Washington County ordinance that is slated to go into effect July 1, according to documents released by town officials.

At a council meeting in May, Wagaman predicted that the county would repeal its APFO within one year.

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