New Windsor said farewell to its resident state trooper at last night's council meeting and welcomed a replacement who will patrol the town and neighboring Union Bridge.
Trooper Andy Smith, who moves to the Frederick barracks, has patrolled the area since July 1998 under the resident trooper program, which provides law enforcement to Carroll County and towns that lack a police force.
Lt. Terry Katz, commander of the Westminster barracks, introduced Trooper Jim Ardinger as the resident trooper.
"We had a number of people volunteer [for the assignment] -- a credit to Andy and the way he was treated here," said Katz. "Crime is not a big issue here or in Union Bridge."
Amid applause from the council and about two dozen residents, Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. thanked Smith.
"Here, we don't expect you to be chasing bad guys," Gullo said. "What we expect from the trooper in New Windsor is to be a good neighbor."
He recalled a day when Smith "was cruising around and saw a lady who couldn't start her lawn mower and he stopped and helped her."
Also last night, Gullo announced his appointments to the new Main Street Task Force, an 11-member group that will work with the State Highway Administration on a grant to improve roads and intersections, sidewalks, signs and landscaping.
Members include Eric Soter, a member of the town planning commission who will head the committee, and Councilwoman Rebecca Harman.
State officials and consultants met with town officials and residents March 1 to seek their ideas for improving Route 31 -- the town's Main Street -- from Coe Drive to Church Street. No major changes in the road are planned, but traffic flow might be eased, they said.
Residents complained of the high volume and speed of trucks in town.
Gullo said he had three times the number of volunteers that he needed for the committee, which is to make recommendations in six to nine months. The 4-year-old Neighborhood Conservation program is part of the governor's Smart Growth initiative.
In other business, the council:
Unanimously approved the transfer of the cable television agreement with Prestige Cable TV Inc., which serves Carroll and is seeking renewal of the 15-year franchise it won in 1984. The company is being acquired by Adelphia Communications Corp. of Coudersport, Pa.
Voted unanimously to remove the town's oil-recycling container. Residents complained about people leaving dozens of containers of unknown substances at the site.