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Smithsburg briefs

November 16, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

Another yard waste pickup day approved



SMITHSBURG - At a Smithsburg Town Council meeting Tuesday night, the council approved an additional yard waste pickup day this year. Yard waste will be picked up Dec. 6.

Yard waste is usually picked up the first and third Wednesday of each month during April through November.

Councilman Dennis "Jack" Wenthe made a motion to approve an extra day of yard waste because citizens had called requesting another day because all the leaves have not fallen from trees yet, he said.




Financial report shows town has a surplus



SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council approved the financial report for the year ending June 30, 2006, at a meeting Tuesday night.

The town's finances are in excellent shape, said Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers.

Smithsburg's general fund has a surplus of $145,246, according to documents provided by the town. The town had more revenue than it expected due to local income taxes, state grants and interest.

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The town council also approved two budget transfers to cover line items that came in over budget.

The council moved $1,500 from the planning and zoning operating budget to cover waste collection expenses and $2,500 from the same operating budget to cover worker's compensation expenses.

The town's audit was performed by the accounting firm of McGladrey and Pullen.




School says bus stop has been moved



SMITHSBURG - At a Smithsburg Town Council meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers read a letter from Washington County Public Schools.

The schools' transportation department moved a bus stop in Smithsburg after the town council sent a letter outlining safety concerns about the bus stop at Cave Hill Road and Geyser Way.

As of Nov. 5, the bus stop is now at Geyser Way and Eagle Ridge.




Police Department responds to 295 calls



SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Police Department responded to 295 calls for service, Police Chief Michael S. Potter said at a town council meeting Tuesday night.

Police arrested two adults and five juveniles, Potter said.

The Smithsburg Police Department also assisted the Washington County Sheriff's Department 16 times, the Maryland State Police four times and assisted the Frederick County Sheriff's Department once.




Developer requests land annexation



SMITHSBURG - At a meeting Tuesday night, the Smithsburg Town Council heard an annexation request from Daniel Cross of Cloverly Hill LLC.

Cross initiated the annexation request Sept. 17, 2004.

The land, which is owned by Cloverly Hill LLC, is about 60 acres near the corner of Md. 64 and Md. 77, Cross said.

The concept plan calls for 71 single-family homes and community amenities to be built on the land over a three-year time period.

Cross requested that the town notify the Washington County Commissioners that Smithsburg approves county action in reclassifying the land in the town's comprehensive plan, rezoning the land in the county's zoning ordinance and redesignating the land in the county's water and sewer plan.

The county must approve the requests before the annexation can take place, Cross said.

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