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Smithsburg briefs

November 07, 2007|By HEATHER KEELS

Water plant on land annexed by Town Council

The Smithsburg Town Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to annex 30.71 acres that include Hagerstown's Breichner Water Treatment Plant and a Smithsburg town pump station.

Officials from both cities submitted a petition proposing the annexation in order to give Smithsburg Police jurisdiction over the land.

Councilmembers Dennis "Jack" Wenthe and Jerome Martin voted against annexing the land, which is along the eastern border of the town. Martin said he was concerned because annexing the land would make more than 100 additional acres eligible for annexation because those parcels would become contiguous to the town.

"My concern is that somebody would go up there and buy up that land and try to get it annexed" in order to get town water and sewer access, Martin said. "There's some very nice land up there."

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Martin previously voted against annexing 63 acres for a proposed development, saying the town's schools and utilities were already overburdened.




Seventh-graders hold benefit walk

Seventh-graders at Smithsburg Middle School raised almost $2,000 to improve the town's parks through a walkathon event last month, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said.

The walkathon was part of the students' work for the state's student service learning requirement, Myers said. The town will add the $1,915.50 to its Veterans Park fund and come up with a project to benefit the youth of the town and the surrounding areas, she said.

Smithsburg Town Council members applauded and each expressed their appreciation for the funds.

"These are the good things that kids are doing," Myers said.




Water pressure within range

A week-long study of water pressure in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood showed fairly constant pressure within the recommended range, leading Smithsburg officials to believe individual households' equipment may be to blame for complaints of low water pressure.

A pressure data recorder showed a lowest reading of 48 psi and a highest reading of 52 psi between Oct. 16 and Oct. 22, Smithsburg Public Works Director William Loughridge said Tuesday. Pressure reducer valves generally reduce pressure to 55 psi, he said.

"I fail to understand exactly where their problem is coming from," Loughridge said. "The results of this don't lie. It's constant."

Faulty pressure reducers or clogged water softeners might contribute to low water pressure, he said.

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