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Smithsburg briefs

December 07, 2005|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Company is chosen for trash collection



SMITHSBURG - Peck's Refuse Disposal LLC has been chosen to handle the Town of Smithsburg's trash collection, the Smithsburg Town Council announced Tuesday night.

The council approved the company's bid of $13.87 per unit per month at its monthly meeting.

The council dropped its previous trash collector, Waste Management, last month after the company decided to raise its rates from $13 per unit per month to $22 to $25.

Smithsburg has around 900 units. Residents pay $10 per quarter in trash removal fees.

Peck's Refuse Disposal started picking up trash in Smithsburg on Friday, Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said.

The council has not yet determined whether to allow the company to pick up bulk trash and yard waste, and will seek public input before making a decision.

Myers said a town resident could volunteer to collect yard waste until a decision is made. Yard waste must be put in biodegradable containers in order to be removed, Myers said.

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Trash removal days would remain the same until the end of the year. But after Jan. 2, trash will be collected on Mondays and Thursdays.




Town hopes to add two police officers



SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council hopes to add two officers to the town's police department.

The force is made up of two officers, including the chief. The lack of officers has created manpower issues for the department, Chief Michael Potter said at Tuesday's meeting.




Disaster plan group reactivated by town



SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council reactivated its Disaster Emergency Operations Plan Committee at Tuesday's meeting.

The group will consist of six members from town government and the community, Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said.




Parts of Main Street to be closed Saturday



SMITHSBURG - Portions of Smithsburg's Main Street will close for the town's Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration on Saturday, it was announced Tuesday.

Police are closing Main Street - from Fire Company Lane to Water Street and from Moose Lane to Water Street - from 2:45 to 5 p.m.

No parking will be allowed after 2:30 p.m., police said.

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