SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Town Council meeting Tuesday night erupted in controversy as council members were talking about passing a town ethics law, an issue that has been simmering for months.
At one point, attorney Charles Wagaman raised his voice while talking to council member Jerome Martin and Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers slammed her gavel trying to gain control of the meeting.
Myers apologized about what happened to a group of Boy Scouts who attended the meeting.
"This is not the way town business should be run. This is not a normal reaction," Myers said.
A push to have a town ethics policy started last August after Myers cast a tie-breaking vote to reappoint her husband to the town's zoning appeals board, a post some council members said could pose a conflict of interest.
Tuesday night, council member Donnie Souders Jr. tried to make a motion to pass the county's ethics policy for the town.