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Smithsburg briefs

August 03, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Groundbreaking ceremony scheduled


SMITHSBURG - Judith Ferro, president of the Smithsburg Library board, told the town council Tuesday that a groundbreaking ceremony for the new library branch will be Aug. 23 at 12:30 p.m.

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said work on the branch started about a week ago and is scheduled to be finished April 26, 2006.




Trash collection increase postponed


SMITHSBURG - A proposed 20 percent increase in the town's trash collection rate was postponed Tuesday amid concern about the trash hauler's service.

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said many people have complained that Waste Management has not collected trash as scheduled.

In an interview after Tuesday's town council meeting, Myers said Waste Management is supposed to collect trash on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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She said she has followed trash trucks around town to help drivers and make sure they're completing the work.

Myers told the council that she had a good meeting with Waste Management on Tuesday in hopes of ironing out the problems.

The council previously approved the first reading of an ordinance to increase the trash removal fee from $10 per quarter to $12 per quarter for each customer.

The council unanimously agreed with Myers' request to put off final approval of the increase until the trash collection problem is solved.




Town works with county on drug cases


SMITHSBURG - The town's police department has been working with the Washington County Narcotics Task Force on drug cases, Smithsburg Police Chief Michael Potter told the town council Tuesday.

Potter said authorities think they have stopped one drug dealer in town and more arrests might be coming.

Police found someone at Smithsburg Lions Community Park who had just finished shooting up heroin, which led to further investigation of drugs, Potter said.

In July, the Smithsburg Police Department responded to 171 calls, including a reported rape, according to a summary Potter went over with the council Tuesday.

Police arrested six adults. Two arrests were on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. One charge was possession of heroin, one was possession of controlled paraphernalia and one was possession of marijuana.

The last arrest was on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

The report said the department issued 49 tickets and 58 warnings.

Because of complaints, the department has been studying traffic speeds on North Main Street between Water Street and Smithsburg High School, Potter said.




Dive team cleans water storage tanks


SMITHSBURG - A company called Liquid Engineering Corp. of Montana sent a dive team into the town's two water storage tanks to clean them out last week, Public Works Director Bill Loughridge told the town council Tuesday.

Loughridge said the employees disinfected themselves, got in the tanks and vacuumed the bottom.

Liquid Engineering removed a quarter-inch of debris, which is good considering that the tanks last were cleaned in 1998, Loughridge said.

On Monday, the town received a videotape showing the work, he said.

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