Smithsburg briefs

February 06, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

Two file to run for town council seats

SMITHSBURG - Two people have filed to run for seats on the Smithsburg Town Council, Town Clerk/Treasurer Betsy Martin said Tuesday.

Smithsburg residents Debbie Mooney and Donnie Souders Jr. have filed the necessary paperwork, she said.

Three seats will be up for election this year as terms expire for council members Shirley D. Aurand, Jerome Martin and Thomas B. Smith. The deadline to file to run for the council is April 7 at 4 p.m., Martin said. That also is the deadline for new residents to register to vote in the town's elections, she said.

Person sought to fill election board post

SMITHSBURG - Town officials are seeking one more member for Smithsburg's election board after its chairperson resigned due to career obligations, Town Clerk/Treasurer Betsy Martin said Tuesday.

The new member will fill out the unexpired term, a period of about two years, Martin said. The remaining two members have experience running town elections, but the board is required to have three members, Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said.


More than $4,500 raised for Nicholson memorial

SMITHSBURG - So far, $4,591.50 has been raised toward the creation of a memorial for slain Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Shane Nicholson, Smithsburg Clerk/Treasurer Betsy Martin said Tuesday. The town plans to put the memorial in Veterans Park.

In addition, $2,456 has been raised for a scholarship fund in Nicholson's name, which will help Williamsport High School students who are interested in becoming police officers, Martin said.

Nicholson was fatally shot in the line of duty Dec. 19 while waiting for backup on a domestic call near Smithsburg.

Water payment OK'd

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a payment of $45,000 to the city of Hagerstown to increase the town's allocation of city water and to pay for water used in 2007 above the allocated amount.

After water used for fire suppression and water main work is subtracted, the town's average daily water usage last year was 1,897 gallons over the allocated daily amount, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said. This overage is billed at a higher rate, she said.

The approved funding will raise the town's allocation by at least 1,600 gallons per day, Town Clerk/Treasurer Betsy Martin said.

The money will come from an already established water benefit fund, Myers said.

Town officials encourage residents to limit unnecessary water usage and plan to print water conservation tips in The Trumpet, the town's newsletter, Myers said.

Bulk pickup set

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg Town Council members voted Tuesday to schedule the town's spring cleanup bulk trash pickup for April 26 at 7 a.m.

Bins will be available behind the Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services headquarters until they are full, Town Clerk/Treasurer Betsy Martin said. Councilman Jerome Martin asked that residents disposing of bicycles remove the wheels prior to bringing them.

Skateboard park plans scrapped

SMITHSBURG - An idea to create a skateboard park in Smithsburg was scrapped by the town's Parks and Improvement Commission at a recent meeting due to lack of resources, commission chair Carlo Belella said.

"We just couldn't oversee all the insurance regulations for a skateboard park," Belella said.

The commission also has discussed alternative teenage-friendly options such as a water jet park or sand volleyball court, but has not settled on an affordable project, he said.

More than 20 attend school safety meeting

SMITHSBURG - More than 20 people attended a January meeting to discuss safety improvements at the entrance to Smithsburg's schools, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said Tuesday.

The next meeting to discuss the intersection will be March 12 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, Myers said. It will be a public meeting and school board officials will discuss internal solutions, while county officials will discuss long-term solutions, she said.

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