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Residents upset about fencing

September 04, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - With the downtown streetscape work winding down, there were a few residents at Tuesday night's town meeting who expressed displeasure with proposed fencing planned for South Main Street.

"The steel architectural fencing that is planned just doesn't go with the character of the town," said South Main Street resident Andrew Wren. "It's basically steel pipes 31/2 feet high with round metal pickets."

Wren said he doesn't believe the fencing will look good to tourists coming into town.

The streetscape plans called for a more decorative type of fence at the town square and along North Main Street, while the more industrial fencing was slated for the southern end of town.

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"We're pleased with how North Main Street looks," said Doug Bast, a Main Street businessman. "I'd hate to see South Main Street suffer."

Bob Snyder, a representative of the Maryland State Highway Administration, said the metal fencing has been fabricated. Any changes now would be costly to the town, he said.

"Two different designs were available for viewing some time ago and no one said anything then," Snyder said. He said railings are requirements of the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Councilman Richard Hawkins agreed that changes now could be a problem. "We're getting close to the end of this project," he said.

Town Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said a letter will be sent to the State Highway Administration stating that town officials would like the ornamental fence on South Main Street.

Town Manager Jack Jones said he was told by project managers that the streetscape work should be completed by the end of October.

"I don't see it happening ... I predict by Thanksgiving," Jones said.

Starting today, southbound traffic through Boonsboro will shift to the right with speed limits decreased for safety reasons.

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