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Smithsburg briefs - April 7

April 06, 2011

Town Council approves mowing bid

Smithsburg Town Council members Jerome Martin and Shirley Aurand Tuesday night approved a low bid for grass mowing in the town.

Martin and Aurand accepted a bid from GSI Landscaping to do town mowing for $375 per job.

There was discussion at the meeting about how the owner of the business could offer the mowing service at such a low rate.

The owner of the business will make $10 an hour with the $375 bid, town officials said.

Jeff Long of the town's Public Works Department said GSI Landscaping can keep its rates low because it does not have overhead costs.

Long assured town council members that he will make sure that GSI Landscaping completes the town's mowing correctly. Council member Donnie Souders abstained from voting on the mowing bid because he has done business with the owner of GSI Landscaping.



Council debates park vending machine

A Smithsburg Parks and Improvement Commission member talked Tuesday night during a Smithsburg Town Council meeting about placing a drink vending machine in Veterans Park along West Water Street.

Council member Donnie Souders expressed concern that the machine could be vandalized.

Commission member Carlo Belella said money would be removed from the machine daily. 

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— Dave McMillion

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