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Smithsburg briefs

March 03, 2009

Council chooses Lucassen to fill vacant seat



SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg Town Council members picked Charles "Bud" Lucassen Tuesday night to fill a vacant position on the council.

Lucassen, who is from Baltimore, moved to Smithsburg in 1997 and has been active in the town, including working on the Smithsburg Pride Days event and working on issues relating to parks.

Lucassen will serve on the council until 2010.

He replaces Tom Chiarizia, who had to step down from the council because of new job demands that made it impossible for him to serve on the council.

Chiarizia was elected in 2006 and was serving a four-year term when his resignation became effective around Dec. 31.

Only 41 residents would like curbside recycling service



SMITHSBURG -- A total of 41 Smithsburg residents said they would like curbside recycling, a response that disappointed a Smithsburg Town Council member Tuesday night.

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Town officials have been gauging the interest of town residents on curbside recycling and Town Manager Betsy Martin updated Smithsburg Town Council members on how many said they would use the service.

Council member Jerome Martin said he was disappointed in the response because he has been told that the county's landfill is going to fill up in half the time that officials thought it would last.

Town Manager Betsy Martin said some people thought the proposed $7-a-month charge for curbside recycling was high.

Council continues work on ethics law



SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg Town Council members continued working Tuesday night on a proposed ethics law for the town.

The proposed ethics law for Smithsburg follows the requirements of the county ethics law.

The state reviewed the proposed law and recommended some changes, town attorney Charles Wagaman said.

Wagaman suggested council members incorporate the changes into the proposed law and bring the proposal up for a vote at the April 7 council meeting.

A public hearing was held on the proposed law Tuesday night but no one spoke.

A push to have a town ethics policy started last August after Mayor Mildred "Mickey" 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.

The proposed law has two basic parts: a conflict-of-interest provision and a financial disclosure section, Wagaman said.

-- Dave McMillion

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