Smithsburg briefs

February 04, 2009

Resident complains about people hanging out in parts of development

SMITHSBURG - A Mountain Shadows subdivision resident told Smithsburg Town Council members Tuesday night about problems with people hanging out in undeveloped parts of the development and how her house was vandalized with paintballs recently.

Nicole Sullivan said people often drive into the undeveloped parts of the subdivision off East Water Street and sit in their cars.

Sullivan also said grass grows high in the development in the summer, which Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said is prohibited.

Town attorney Charles Wagaman told council members that a barricade could probably be put up at the beginning of the undeveloped section of the subdivision to keep people from driving in those areas.

Council member Jerome Martin suggested sending a letter to the developer about the concerns. Martin suggested having any high grass mowed and attaching the bills to the developers' taxes unless the problems are resolved.


Dixie Eatery owner wants to see town market its attractions

SMITHSBURG - A local restaurant owner told Smithsburg Town Council members Tuesday night she would like to see more efforts to market the town's attractions.

Lori Hartley, owner of the Dixie Eatery on North Main Street, expressed concerns about the downtown business area in light of the bad economy. Hartley said the town has unique history, like that relating to the Civil War.

Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said there are local tourism magazines that can list events going on in town.

Washington County Commissioner Kristin Alshire, who was at Tuesday's town council meeting, suggested using vacant storefronts in various local towns to promote restaurants and other attractions in towns throughout the county.

Spring clean-up scheduled for Saturday

SMITHSBURG - The town of Smithsburg's annual spring clean-up will be Saturday, May 9 from 7 a.m. to noon, behind the Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services building on Maple Avenue, town council members said Tuesday night.

Dumpsters will be at the site to collect debris that is too large to be set out for regular garbage pickup, town officials said. There will be separate bins for electronics recycling and metal recycling, council member Jerome Martin said.

Any bicycles taken to the site for recycling must have tires removed, Martin said.

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