SMITHSBURG, Md. - Tuesday night, Smithsburg Town Council members voted to approve the Smithsburg annexation.
Liam Corballis is not a Smithsburg resident but neighbors the land Smithsburg Town Council members approved to annex in a four to one vote, with only councilman Craig McLeaf voting against it.
“I lost my voice last night. I lost my representation, as control over this government shifted from county government to city government,” Corballis said.
Since the land will be annexed to Smithsburg as Cloverly Hill LLC moves forward with plans to develop the 65 acres of land, Corballis believes Smithsburg's mayor and town council should appoint a non-voting at large member to the development council to represent neighbors of the land so their voices can still be heard as development moves forward.
“[The proposal will target] neighbors like me and my daughters, who immediately adjoined this development and are greatly impacted by it,” Corballis said.
Councilman Donnie Souders believes that annexing the land will give the town more control when it comes to Cloverly Hill LLC developing the land.
“I would prefer that this town council, that has a direct pipeline to its citizens, have the ability to kind of control work with all agencies involved. [This serves] to protect not only our interests but to also make sure that the developer does what's best in his interest so that everyone wins,” Souders said.
Right now, Cloverly Hill LLC has plans for residential and light commercial development.