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Boonsboro briefs

October 09, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

Town staff meeting with Schaefer about grant



BOONSBORO - Boonsboro town staff members are to meet with Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer at 10 a.m. Friday at Shafer Park to discuss why the town did not get a larger state grant to improve the community park, Assistant Town Administrator Debbie Smith said Monday.

The state in August announced that Boonsboro received a $12,395 Community Parks & Playgrounds Program grant.

The town requested $100,000 - $87,000 to revitalize the 173-year-old Shafer Park, $11,000 to renovate the exterior of the community center and $2,000 to install a multipurpose field, Smith said.

The issue of why the town didn't get more grant money is to be discussed at Friday's meeting, she said.

Part of Gov. Parris Glendening's Smart Growth Initiative, the grant program provides funds to local governments to help rehabilitate, expand or improve existing parks or create new parks, or purchase and install playground equipment in older neighborhoods and intensely developed areas throughout the state, state officials have said.

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The state Board of Public Works this year approved $5.2 million for 68 projects statewide, Smith said.

Public can meet with revitalization consultant



BOONSBORO - The public will have a chance at an Oct. 14 meeting to meet a consultant hired by the Town Council to work on downtown revitalization.

At its July 1 meeting, the council awarded a $49,100 contract for downtown revitalization work to Mary Means & Associates Inc. of Alexandria, Va.

Means is meeting with town staff from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 14. The public can attend a meeting with Means at 7 p.m. in the conference room at Town Hall, Assistant Town Administrator Debbie Smith said.

The consultant will hold workshops at which residents and businesses can make suggestions about how the downtown can be improved, town officials said.

The contract will be paid for with town funds and a $25,000 state grant. The town received the grant in December.

Trick or treat slated for Halloween night



BOONSBORO - The Town of Boonsboro will hold trick or treat Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Residents who wish to participate in the door-to-door tradition are asked to turn on their porch lights during the two-hour period.

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