After several months of study the town
council adopted a modified sign ordinance as
part of the building and construction section of
the Code of Emmitsburg
The intent of ordinance #01-03 is to produce
signs which are non-obtrusive and blend with the
character of the village zoning district. The
purpose of the signs is to advertise to
pedestrian traffic and vehicular traffic.
The following are some of the major changes
1. All hangers for signs shall be in the form
of a bracket and be made of metal.
2. All signs will be no larger than thirty
inches long by twenty-four inches high and will
not protrude from the building farther than
3. On multi-story buildings, signs shall be
installed so that the top of the sign shall be
even with the bottom of the second story window.
4. Signs may not be lighted other than by
means of indirect lighting.
5. Flat signs (one-sided signs attached
directly to a building) shall not be located
anywhere above the bottom of the second floor
window and no window or part of a window shall
be covered by any sign, supporting structure, or
6. All signs must have zoning administrator
approval before issuance of any permits.
7. Temporary signs/banners will be approved
by the town zoning administrator. No temporary
sign/banner shall be displayed for a period
longer than forty-five days. Temporary
signs/banners must maintain thirty-day
consecutive days between use or display of
sign/banner being displayed or re-displayed, at
the same location or property.
The complete Ordinance 01-03 is available at
the town office. Other sections of the ordinance
apply to the approval of the placement of signs
prior to installation on one-story building;
free-standing signs; conditions for "grandfathering"
current signs; and non-conforming signs.
A unique feature of the ordinance calls for
all signs to be catalogued and recorded on film
or video tape for use in future litigation
regarding the legality of the sign.
During the month of November, there were
thirty-five vehicle traffic stops made by
members of the Frederick County Sheriff’s
Office, thirty-three of them made by the
resident deputies. This number does not reflect
the stops made during a selective enforcement
card. Eleven cards were opened for selective
enforcement using radar. Five cards were opened
for follow-up investigations. Fifteen
cards/investigations were opened for Patrol
Checks in Emmitsburg, 6 by patrol deputies and 9
by the resident deputies. Four cards were opened
by off-duty officers working security at the
Sleep Inn on weekends.
On 09-11-2001, the World Trade Center was
attacked. Members of the Frederick County
Sheriff’s Office and Troopers from the
Maryland State Police have been working around
the clock to supplement the security force at
FEMA. This has continued throughout the months
of October and November, and will be extended
through December. On several occasions, one or
more of these officers have assisted or backed
up calls in Emmitsburg.
The Community Center was broken into twice
during the month of November. A juvenile was
found to be in the possession of a set of keys
taken from the Community Center several months
ago, and was charged with theft. There remains a
problem with so many people using the Community
Center, with the building being locked when
everyone has left. A couple of the outer doors
have been found unlocked on numerous occasions.
It appears that they do not close with enough
force to properly latch or lock when they close.
Nightly checks are being made by the resident
- Burglary - 1
- Destruction of Property - 2
- Disorderly Conduct - 4
- Dispute - 2
- DUI - 2
- Juvenile Complaint -2
- Mental Subject - 3
- Noise Complaint - 2
- Request Officer - 8
- Suspicion Vehicle - 5
- Theft - 4
- Warrant Service - 2
The resident deputies are utilizing both
stationary and moving radars. Several locations
in town have been selected for setting up
stationary radar sites. The moving radar may be
used at any time and at any place in town while
the patrol vehicle is moving.