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Bulk trash pickup reduced

June 08, 1999

Bulk trash pickup reduced

The Boonsboro Town Council voted Monday to reduce its bulk trash pickup from once a week to twice a year.

The "white elephant" pickup will take place once more, in the last week of July, before changing to a semi-annual schedule.

Town Administrator Jake Jones made the recommendation. Yard waste will still be picked up weekly on Mondays, but appliances and furniture will only be taken away at set times. After July, the bulk pickups will be at the end of October and April.

More grant money available

Boonsboro will receive an additional $50,000 in Project Open Space money, Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said Monday. The grant brings the town's total Open Space funds to $138,000.

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The town received word earlier this month, according to Kauffman. "That's some very good news," he said.

The town plans to use the money to purchase the King Farm. The 35-acre parcel is the only area available where Shafer Park may expand. The park is surrounded by real estate controlled by developers, according to Kauffman.

The land is owned by Braden King, a resident of Reeders Memorial Home. It is not for sale, but the town has entered into negotiations with estate representatives. Council member Richard Hawkins said Monday the acquisition is at a standstill.

Principal receives plaque

Boonsboro Elementary School Principal Rick Reynolds received a plaque from the Town Council Monday honoring him for "31 years of outstanding service to the community."

Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said Reynolds was dedicated to his students and always treated them with dignity and respect.

"It was just a great place to work," said Reynolds. "If I didn't live in Smithsburg, I'd live in Boonsboro."

Streets Commission gets new member

Wayne Tucker was appointed to the Boonsboro Streets Commission by the Boonsboro Town Council on Monday. The council reappointed George Messner to the Utilities Commission.

The council also hired resident William Webber to be a laborer. Town Administrator Jake Jones said he and Utilities Administrator Wayne Winebrenner interviewed three applicants for the job. Jones recommended Webber to the council.

Pa. firm wins contract

Rileigh Inc. of Allentown, Pa., won a $7,000 contract to provide the town with decorative seasonal banners Monday night.

Council member Ray Grove, liaison to the Economic Development Commission, said Rileigh submitted the best bid.

The two other bids were $7,680 and $6,786. Grove said the low bid did not include freight, but Rileigh's did. The company also agreed to provide three different designs, he said. "It was the best quality, overall."

The town council approved the expense based on Grove's recommendation.

Town to get more water

Boonsboro residents will get a boost in their water supply as of July 1, but council member Kevin Chambers is asking them not to waste it.

The first phase of the Shafer Park filtration system is to go on line July 1, adding about 115,000 more gallons per day to the town's consumption capacity, according to Chambers.

But in dry weather, it's best not to use too much, he said.

"I want to make sure everyone knows to be conservative with water," specifically when filling pools, washing cars and watering lawns, Chambers said.

Town to buy new aerator motor

Buying a new aerator motor and fixing an old one will cost $3,045, an emergency expense the Boonsboro Town Council approved Monday.

The motor in the town's lagoon aerator is broken and having it repaired will cost $1,000, council member Kevin Chambers said. The town's engineering consultant recommended having a spare, which will cost $2,045.

- Bruce Hamilton

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