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June 03, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

Smithsburg Town Council refuses to approve reappointment of mayor's husband to board

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council on Tuesday refused to approve the reappointment of the mayor's husband to the town's Zoning Appeals Board, arguing his membership would pose a conflict of interest.

Homer Myers, husband of Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers, has served on the board since its creation, the mayor said. His current term expires in July, and he volunteered for another three-year term, she said.

Councilman Tom Chiarizia made a motion to confirm Myers' appointment, but no other councilmember present would second the motion.

Councilmembers Donnie Souders Jr., Dennis "Jack" Wenthe and Jerome Martin said they thought it would present a conflict of interest for the mayor's husband and a major property owner to serve on the appeals board.

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Councilmember Shirley Aurand left the meeting early.

Martin said he thought Homer Myers could serve on another board, but not the appeals board.

Town Clerk/Treasurer Betsy Martin told the council she thought the decision was "a mistake" and said appeals board members recuse themselves in situations that might present a conflict of interest.

The mayor said the decision could have implications for other board members.

"I think if we're going to look at conflict of interest, then we need to look at a lot of things that go on in this town," she said.

In Smithsburg, members of boards and commissions are appointed by the mayor and approved by the council, Mayor Myers said.

Smithsburg Citizens Police Advisory Committee seeks more community participation

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Citizens Police Advisory Committee is seeking more community participation and input, member Tom Chiarizia said Tuesday. The committee's next meeting will be 7 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall.

Public hearing to be held to discuss comprehensive plan

SMITHSBURG - A public hearing to discuss a draft of the Smithsburg Comprehensive Plan is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 1 in Town Hall, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said. Copies of the draft may be obtained from town hall and the town is accepting written comments before the meeting, she said.

Smithsburg fire and rescue officials discuss vehicle pre-emptive devices

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg fire and rescue officials met with state highway officials recently to discuss adding emergency vehicle pre-emptive devices to two intersections on Md. 64, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said.

The devices, which override normal traffic patterns to give emergency vehicles green lights while they respond to emergencies, would be added at the intersections of Md. 64 with Md. 77 and Md. 66, Myers said. Officials would also like to upgrade the existing device in the town's square, she said.

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