In response to discussions Commissioner Chad Weddle had as council and treasurer of Glade United Church of Christ, the Town Commissioners voted to invite the public to meet with the Town Commissioners and the Maryland State Police Resident Troopers at a meeting in August.
Commissioner Weddle communicated with residents in his role with the church about some concerns with rental properties. He informed his fellow commissioners that his correspondence was interpreted as a communication from the Town of Walkersville. Through further discussions, he told the residents he would seek a public meeting to discuss crime related to rental properties.
Burgess Ralph Whitmore expressed doubt that there was any problem with crime in Walkersville. “Where are the murders? What crimes?” he inquired. He noted that kids ride scooters and steal cigarettes out of cars, but “where’s the crime?”
Commissioner Donald Schildt noted that they had similar discussions last year. Those meetings resulted in no one complaining about crime.
Commissioner Russ Winch noted that the public is always welcome to their meetings to raise questions and concerns.
The commissioners voted to invite the public and resident troopers to a meeting in August, but failed to identify a particular date.