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Smithsburg Town Council briefs

August 11, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION

Smithsburg Town Council members introduce proposed loitering law



SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg Town Council members on Tuesday night introduced a proposed law to control loitering in town.

Town officials said the law was being considered due to the Smithsburg Police Department experiencing trouble with juveniles running around town.

Under the approach being considered by town council members, the hope is that parents will intervene to help solve the loitering problems, town officials said.

Under the proposed ordinance, anyone who loiters in town could be issued a warning notice, and a copy of the notice will be issued to the parent of any minor violating the law.

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For any additional violation within one calendar year, an individual will be subject to a $15 penalty. Each subsequent violation within a calendar year will be increased by an additional $5, up to a maximum fine of $50, the proposal states.

Council members will hold a public hearing on the proposed law before their regularly scheduled meeting Sept. 7, and a final vote could be made during that night's council meeting, Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said.

Town Council members back resolution in support of reinstating diverted state revenues



SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg Town Council members on Tuesday night agreed to support a resolution in support of reinstating state revenues diverted from cities and towns to fund operations of the state.

The resolution, part of a broader statewide effort being led by the Maryland Municipal League, calls for reinstatement of state funding for municipalities and to create "alternative" funding mechanisms for towns.

The resolution said the only options left for towns currently to deal with the cutbacks is increases in property tax rates, elimination of road projects, reductions in workforce and other options.

Several honored for help with town's first National Night Out



SMITHSBURG -- Several businesses, organizations and individuals were honored Tuesday night for their help in offering Smithsburg's first National Night Out on Aug. 3.

National Night Out is a national effort to bring people together to battle crime and strengthen community partnerships, and organizers of the Smithsburg event at Veterans Park said nearly 350 people attended.

Smithsburg Market donated 300 hot dogs, 300 hamburgers, drinks and other food for the free event, and those in attendance heard a presentation by a Washington County Narcotics Task Force agent on gang activity in the county, among other programs.

During the Smithsburg Town Council meeting Tuesday night, Smithsburg Police Chief George Knight handed out certificates of appreciation to groups, business and individuals who donated money and food for the event.

Smithsburg Market, which received one of the certificates, donated practically everything that had to do with food and drinks, "which was a pretty significant amount of money," Knight said.

Also honored were the Smithsburg Community Activities Committee and the Smithsburg Lions Club. Target previously was awarded a certificate, Knight said.

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