Smithsburg Town Council briefs

March 03, 2011

Cleanup day set

Smithsburg's annual spring cleanup day has been scheduled for April 30.

The event, which is held on the property of Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services along Railroad Lane, will start at 7 a.m.,  town officials said at a Smithsburg Town Council meeting Tuesday night.

The program will run until "the Dumpsters are full," officials said.

The cleanup day is offered to town residents to help them dispose of unwanted items. Anything that would be accepted at the county landfill can be disposed of, officials said.

Electronics recycling will also be offered.

New flood-plain maps

It appears a few properties on East Water Street might be included in new flood-plain maps that have been drawn for Washington County, town officials said during a Smithsburg Town Council meeting Tuesday night.

  The Federal Emergency Management Agency is updating its flood-insurance study and rate maps. In Maryland, it is using new analytical tools that will improve the accuracy of determining flood plains, officials have said.

  The outcome will determine which buildings are in special flood-hazard areas, and who needs to buy flood insurance.

  Smithsburg officials said they hope to notify affected property owners on East Water Street about the situation and to invite them to a town council work session on April 26, where the matter will be discussed.


 Police cruiser approved

Smithsburg Town Council members Tuesday night approved the purchase of a cruiser for the Smithsburg Police Department.

  The cruiser, which will replace another department vehicle, will cost $28,930.

— Dave McMillion

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