Smithsburg Town Council briefs

January 09, 2013

Planning commission member, former councilman remembered

Former Smithsburg Town Council member Jerome Martin and former town planning commission member Larry Kendall were remembered by town officials during a Smithsburg Town Council meeting Tuesday night.

Kendall died Jan. 1 and Martin died Dec. 11.

Town Manager Betsy Martin said Martin and Kendall, who also served on the town’s board of appeals, did a lot of work for the town.

Council member Tyler Lushbaugh said Martin was a friend, a mentor and neighbor.

“I was shocked and had a hard time dealing with it,” Lushbaugh said of Martin’s death.

Spring clean-up day scheduled for May 4

Smithsburg Town Council members decided Tuesday night to hold the town’s annual spring clean-up day on May 4.

During the event, which is held from 7 a.m. to noon, about six Dumpsters are set up in the parking lot of Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services for town residents to use.


The spring clean-up is designed to give residents an opportunity to dispose of large objects like furniture, said Mayor Mildred “Mickey” Myers.

The clean-up day is only for Smithsburg residents and Myers said officials check to make sure people participating are from town.

Deteriorating maple tree on West Water Street discussed

Smithsburg officials Tuesday night discussed how to deal with a deteriorating maple tree on West Water Street that is causing safety concerns.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources inspected the tree and determined it is deteriorating, town officials said.

Smithsburg Town Council member Donnie Souders said he fears the tree could fall on someone and cause serious injury.

The town sent a letter with information from the DNR to the owner of the house where the tree is located but there has been no response to the letter, council members said.

Council members decided to send the homeowner another letter about the tree and consult the town’s attorney about the issue.

— Dave McMillion

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