Plans to get a Deputy
(9/13/2003) Speeders, vandals, trespassers and
even renegade skateboarders had best beware. The town's
elected leaders are out to stop you scofflaws.
Woodsboro's commissioners are close to
striking a deal with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office to
provide community deputy service within the town limits. They
met with sheriff's office representatives Tuesday night,
discussed the possible action during their board meeting that
followed, and appear set to contract for extra enforcement
"The commissioners are in favor
of moving forward with this program," Commissioner Dennis
Kline said. "We need to identify how our funding is going
to be achieved. I probably would hope that within a month,
you'll see some action."
The prospect of increased protection
in the town was introduced by Burgess Donald Trimmer. He cited
problems with vandalism and speeders as primary reasons to
heighten law-enforcement efforts.
Several residents also complained
about the actions of groups of skateboarders in town. They
said the teenagers sometimes impede traffic, trespass,
vandalize homes or businesses and violate the town's 11 p.m.
curfew for minors.
Mr. Trimmer said it's "a shame
that we have to spend taxpayer money to curb these
problems" and warned that continuing the program might
necessitate a tax increase next year. But he said the
situation is beyond the control of town citizens.
"As an individual," the
burgess said, "I don't think we can walk up in the middle
of a group of 16 year olds and say, `Get off the street' First
thing, we'd probably be laying on the bottom of a pile. But
police officers have a little more authority."
Commissioner Roger Hub brought up
establishing a Neighborhood Watch program to help police
The community-deputy program enables
municipalities to have officers work in the town for specific
periods of time. The county charges $35 an hour for the
increased attention and requires that four-hour blocks be
Frederick County Commissioner Mike
Cady, who attended the board meeting, said Myersville and
Middletown are involved in enlisted the program and are
pleased with its results. Emmitsburg and Lake Linganore also
Residents also asked if the board
would enact an ordinance prohibiting skateboarding on streets
and sidewalks, but Mr. Trimmer said it was useless to
establish an ordinance without anyone to enforce it. He said
he wanted to see what impact increased law enforcement will
has before outlawing skateboarding.
"We don't like to put laws down
that people can't do things," Commissioner Gary Smith
said, "but if that's what we have to do, we will do