(2/12) The town's version of "Cops" apparently will be
back for a second season.
The fall experiment with an extra law-enforcement
presence in the town got good enough ratings to prompt its producers, the board
of commissioners, to likely renew the service this spring. Based on comments at
Tuesday night's board meeting, it appears the extra patrols will restart in
Woodsboro contracted with the Frederick County
Sheriff's Office to provide a community deputy to work three four-hour shifts
on town streets in October and November. The program drew rave reviews for
reducing speeding, loitering and reckless skateboarding around town.
Based on a suggestion from the sheriff's office, the
town shut down the program over the winter. But the commissioners appear set on
getting the deputy back on the streets as soon as the weather breaks.
"I'm in complete favor of pursuing it again,"
Commissioner Roger Hub said.
Commissioner Kenneth Morgan said he wanted to meet with
someone from the sheriff's office to discuss it before deciding to contract the
patrols. Though he didn't express any displeasure with the program, he said he
had unanswered questionsabout what was done.
The town had been leaning toward restarting the program
in March, but Commissioner Gary Smith suggested that waiting another month
might be best because it will still be cold in March. Mr. Hub agreed with that
The board also learned that it has an opening on its
planning and zoning commission. One commissioner responded to a letter about
continued inter-est in serving the town, saying he wanted to step down because
of a conflict on the meeting dates.
The town's search for water is set to resume. Burgess
Donald Trimmer said test drilling will be done in Woodsboro Community Park in
the middle of February.
Mr. Trimmer also informed the board that an annexation
request should be discussed at the Feb. 23 workshop meeting and said the town
may put its zoning regulations online to improve public access.
The board also responded to a complaint from Judy Katz
about the way streets are plowed when it snows. She said plow drivers didn't
get within four or five feet of the curb in Copper Oaks subdivision, leaving a
wide swath of snow.
The commissioners, however, defended the town's plow
drivers. They said that if there's much accumulation, there's too much snow to
get closer to the curb. They also said that if the plows made follow-up passes,
they could clog driveways, storm drains and mail boxes that people had shoveled
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