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October 03, 2007|By HEATHER KEELS

Council delays decision on annexing water plant

SMITHSBURG - A public hearing on annexing a Hagerstown water treatment plant will be continued at a Smithsburg Town Council work session after the Maryland Department of Planning requested additional time to formulate its input, Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said Tuesday night.

The town is considering annexing 30.71 acres that include Hagerstown's Breichner Water Treatment Plant and a Smithsburg town water pump station to give the town's police department greater authority over the property, Myers said.

Resident says sidewalk law goes 'a little too far'

SMITHSBURG - A Whispering Hills resident spoke out at the Smithsburg Town Council meeting Tuesday against Smithsburg's decision to enforce a law against parking across sidewalks, saying the town was taking the law "a little too far" and that enforcing it would create additional problems such as congestion.

"We have friends and family visiting and sometimes we have four cars parked in our double-wide driveway," Keith Semler said. "How's that going to look on the town of Smithsburg if people come to visit and they get a ticket for parking across the sidewalk?"


Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said the council asked police to begin enforcing the law in response to concerns from pedestrians who had difficulty maneuvering around cars with strollers, wheelchairs or scooters.

She said the council asked police to use their discretion in regard to people parking across the sidewalk while unloading their cars and suggested residents inform police ahead of time if they are hosting a party and expect cars to have to block the sidewalk.

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