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Town to add water tank in 2007

January 03, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg's Town Council plans to add a third water storage tank at a cost of about $800,000, in the coming year, said Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers.

Groundwork has begun on Federal Lookout Road, where the tank will be placed next to the town's other water storage tanks.

The council hoped to pay for the third tank with grants, but found that such grants were almost impossible to get, Myers said. Now, the council is looking into the possibility of paying with a low-interest loan from the state, she said.

Veterans Park

The town also will finalize a plan for the third and final phase of the 30-acre Veterans Park this year, Myers said.

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In August 2006, the Smithsburg Library re-opened at a spot atop Veterans Park. The library is "well-used" at its new home in the park, Myers said.

Concept plans for the third phase of Veterans Park are still tentative, but probably will include another pavilion with rest rooms and a walking trail compete with fitness stations, said Myers.

After the concept plans are finalized, the town council will apply for Program Open Space grant money to fund the project. Construction in the park is expected to begin in 2008, Myers said.

The town council does not anticipate any tax changes, although Myers warned that Smithsburg officials never know when they will have to change the water rates to keep in line with what Hagerstown charges, Myers said.

Police and growth

Police Chief Michael S. Potter is hiring an additional officer this year. The recruit has to go through the police academy before he starts working full time, Myers said.

Smithsburg has an annexation request for about 70 homes pending. The request was originally initiated in September 2004, and renewed in November 2006.

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

Daniel Cross, of Cloverly Hill LLC, renewed the annexation request at a council meeting in November.

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

Cross asked that the town notify the Washington County Commissioners that Smithsburg approves county action on 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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