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Smithsburg Town Council briefs

September 05, 2012

Officials remember former council member

SMITHSBURG — Smithsburg town officials remembered former Smithsburg Town Council member Milton D. Lawyer during a town council meeting Tuesday night.

Lawyer, 94, died Aug. 28.

In addition to serving on the town council from 1974 to 1994, Lawyer also started Smithsburg Auto Body Shop, Towing, Auto Parts & Auto Sales.

“He was an interesting council person,” Mayor Mildred “Mickey” Myers said.

Lawyer also was recognized for his lifelong membership to the Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co.

Second camera discussed for surveillance at Veterans Park

SMITHSBURG — During a town council meeting Tuesday night, Smithsburg town officials discussed adding a surveillance camera to a second pavilion in Veterans Park on West Water Street.

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There is camera surveillance in one pavilion, but there is none at a second pavilion, where young people have been loitering, town officials said.

Town officials said they think youths have been loitering at the second pavilion since they know a camera is not used there.

Smithsburg Police Chief George Knight said he would look into adding the second camera.

Town to introduce speed camera proposal

SMITHSBURG — Smithsburg Town Council members, during a meeting Tuesday night, approved the introduction of a proposal to use speed cameras in the town’s school zone.

Police Chief George Knight said speeding in the school zone has been significant at times.

Through the automatic speed monitoring system, violators will be sent speeding tickets through the mail.

The system is similar to one used in Hagerstown.

Council members will vote again on an ordinance setting up the system at their next meeting.

Smithsburg to hold trick-or-treat on Halloween

SMITHSBURG — Smithsburg Town Council members agreed during a meeting Tuesday night to hold the town’s Halloween observance on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Towns sometimes allow trick-or-treating on nights other than Halloween and council members debated the advantages and disadvantages of that.

Police Chief George Knight liked the idea of Halloween in the middle of the week.

“They (students) have to go to school the next day. Perfect,” Knight said.

— Dave McMillion

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