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Smithsburg briefs

April 03, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

Smithsburg councilman to run for re-election

SMITHSBURG - Councilman Jerome Martin has filed to run for re-election to the Smithsburg Town Council, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said Tuesday.

Martin is the fourth person to file, joining Councilwoman Shirley D. Aurand and Smithsburg residents Debbie Mooney and Donnie Souders Jr. Three seats are up for election this year as terms expire for Aurand, Martin and Councilman Thomas B. Smith.

The deadline to file to run in the election or to register to vote in the town is 4 p.m. Monday, Town Clerk/Treasurer Betsy Martin said. The general election will be May 13, and there will be no primary unless six or more people file to run, Martin said.

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Residents confused about sidewalk parking enforcement

SMITHSBURG - Whispering Hills residents are confused by Smithsburg's decision to enforce state laws that prohibit parking across sidewalks, resident David Greenwood told Smithsburg's Town Council at a meeting Tuesday.

In the development, most pedestrians use the street anyway, and residents are more concerned about being ticketed for parking their cars across their driveways than having the sidewalks blocked, Greenwood said.

Councilmembers responded that the prohibition against obstructing sidewalks was an existing state law and that enforcement was a liability issue for the town.

Washington Co. considering recycling program

SMITHSBURG - Washington County officials are considering starting a countywide recycling program, Washington County Commissioner Kristin Aleshire told Smithsburg officials Tuesday.

The county began considering the program after Smithsburg and several other towns expressed interest in offering their own recycling programs, Aleshire said. The county program would be voluntary and would not cover Hagerstown, which already has a recycling program in place, Aleshire said.

Smithsburg to hold budget hearing

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg officials will hold a hearing on the town's proposed general budget at 7 p.m. on May 6, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said Tuesday. The water and sewer budget will also be discussed that night if it is completed in time, she said.

Residents urged to ship water in for pools

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg officials said Tuesday that they encourage residents to have water shipped in to fill their swimming pools rather than using the town's water.

Bringing in water is actually less expensive than using metered water, councilmembers said.

Kline appointed to election board

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg resident Nancy Kline was appointed Tuesday to fill a vacant spot on the town's election board. Kline will fill out the remainder of the term on the three-person board, officials said.

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