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Smithsburg briefs

April 03, 2013

Spring cleanup day scheduled for May 4

SMITHSBURG — Smithsburg will hold a spring cleanup day on Saturday, May 4.

The event gives people a chance to get rid of bulky items, but other services are offered.

Goodwill will be at the site to collect items that they normally accept, town officials said.

People also can turn in electronics, and a metal recycling service will be offered, town officials said.

The cleanup will be from 7 a.m. to noon behind Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services on Maple Avenue.

The following items will not be accepted:

  • Roof shingles
  • Tires
  • Batteries
  • Paint
  • Items containing Freon
  • Household garbage and yard waste
  • Railroad ties

Commission receives ideas for Veterans Park upgrades

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SMITHSBURG — A spokesman for the Smithsburg Parks and Improvement Commission told the Smithsburg Town Council Tuesday night that his group has received about 20 to 30 ideas for improvements for Veterans Park.

Parks and Improvement Commission member Dave Muldoon said he thinks a recent newspaper story about the town seeking ideas for improvements to the park sparked interest in the issue.

The state recently approved $12,600 for the town to plan development of a new section of the park. The town bought 2.52 acres adjacent to the northeast side of Veterans Park in 2008 for $140,000 from the Kline family.

Muldoon said a popular idea among town residents is a swimming pool.


 

Excess water in sewer lines remains an issue

SMITHSBURG — The issue of excess water getting into the town’s sewer lines came up again Tuesday night during a Smithsburg Town Council meeting.

The problem has been discussed before, and although improvements have been made to reduce the excess water infiltrating the sewer lines, the town needs to stay on top of the problem, Councilman Troy Jernigan said.

A lot of excess water has been getting into the lines when it rains, leading Jernigan to believe there is a “hole somewhere,” he said.

Public works Director Jeff Long said the system needs to be re-examined.

— Dave McMillion

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