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Smithsburg briefs

July 02, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

First phase of Smithsburg schools entrance project could be completed by end of summer

SMITHSBURG - The first phase of a project to improve safety at the entrance to Smithsburg's schools could be completed by the end of the summer, Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers announced Tuesday.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners agreed at a meeting June 10 to have the county fund the first phase of the project, which involves widening the existing entrance to Smithsburg middle and high schools, Myers said.

That phase will cost between $50,000 and $60,000, Myers said.

Smithsburg Town Council OKs comprehensive plan

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the town's new comprehensive plan.

Drafted by Annapolis-based consulting firm Jakubiak and Associates, the plan adds new details required by the state to ensure the town will have the infrastructure to support its projected growth over the next 30 years, Smithsburg Town Planner Jill Baker said.

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Growth is projected to remain steady at 5 percent per year, with about 1,700 new housing units over the 30-year period, Baker said.

Smithsburg officials move forward with plans for opt-in curbside recycling program

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg officials agreed Tuesday to move forward with plans to bring an opt-in curbside recycling program to the town in July 2009.

The program will be single-stream, meaning paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum and plastic will be collected together in one bin, Councilman Jerome Martin said. The program also will use third-party billing, a system in which the recycling contractor provides bins directly to the homeowners and bills the homeowners directly, Martin said.

The town plans to solicit bids from at least three contractors for the service.

Two Smithsburg Zoning Appeals Board members protest failure to reappoint Myers to board

SMITHSBURG - Two members of the Smithsburg Zoning Appeals Board addressed the Smithsburg Town Council Tuesday night to protest the council's failure to reappoint the mayor's husband, Homer Myers, to the board.

A motion to approve Myers' reappointment died for lack of a second at the council's June meeting after council members Donnie Souders Jr., Dennis "Jack" Wenthe and Jerome Martin said they thought it would present a conflict of interest for Myers, a major property owner in the town, to serve on the board.

Current zoning and appeals board member Kevin Jeter said the board as a group felt Myers served the town well and his level of experience was irreplaceable. Dee Hockensmith, another current board member, implied the decision was based on "personal feelings and unfounded allegations," and said she would resign from the board if Myers was not reappointed.

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