SMITHSBURG, MD News (9/6/2022) – At their September 6th Town Council meeting, the Town of Smithsburg approved in a 3-2 vote a new camera purchase contract with Trinity Security Integrators, with councilmembers Dan and Gonzalez opposed. This new contract utilizes cameras manufactured by Turing Video, based out of San Mateo, CA, addressing the security concerns present with the previous version of the contract, which was retracted on August 23.
HAGERSTOWN, MD (8/26/2022) – The Washington County Department of Environmental Management announces will hold a free scrap tire day on September 10, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Forty West Landfill. This event is provided for Washington County residents only and there is no charge to drop off up to five tires for residents of the same household. Passenger and light truck tires will be accepted on or off the rim. Participants will be required to show a valid driver’s license with a Washington County address and may make one trip to the event. No tires will be accepted from commercial entities.
SMITHSBURG, MD News (8/23/2022) – After a closed executive session, the Smithsburg council accepted the retraction of Trinity Security Integrators proposal for purchasing a camera system for the town.
HAGERSTOWN, MD (8/23/2022) – The Washington County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applicants interested in serving on the Washington County Ethics Commission. Qualified applicants shall be Washington County residents of good moral character and sound judgment who can interpret and administer the Washington County Ethics Ordinance.
Applications can be submitted through the county website.
(8/22/2022) – A type of legal action is increasingly being used by powerful people to shut down criticism from activists, academics, whistleblowers, and journalists. This is known as a strategic lawsuit against public participation, or Slapp.
SMITHSBURG, MD News (8/22/2022) – The town of Smithsburg will hold a special session Tuesday evening to discuss the pending camera system upgrade, which has been problematic since August 9th’s vote to purchase the camera system while bypassing the competitive bid process.
SMITHSBURG, MD News (8/19/2022) – It appears that the Town of Smithsburg may be in violation of their own municipal ordinances, as well as Federal regulations, should they proceed with the contract with Trinity Security Integrators.
HAGERSTOWN, MD – Radio Free Hub City has released its public affairs streaming TV channel, named “RFHC-Gov”. This channel will initially feature local government content including City of Hagerstown, Washington County Commissioners, and Washington County Board of Education. Additional local government content will be added as it becomes available.
SHARPSBURG, MD News (7/8/2022) – The National Park Service has released an Environmental Assessment for Antietam Battlefield in an effort to develop comprehensive and sustainable land-use strategies that will preserve significant landscape elements and integrate natural and cultural resources.
Human rights activists and international leaders first warned in April 2020 that countries could use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to crack down on human rights.