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Schaefer gives advice on park grant

October 14, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Meeting with Boonsboro officials Friday, Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer talked about state grants, Gov. Parris Glendening and wrestler Hulk Hogan.

Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman asked Schaefer to attend the meeting with town government officials in Boonsboro to discuss why the town did not get a larger state grant to improve the community park.

"You have always been a good ally of our town and we wanted to get you up here and tell you our plight," Kauffman said.

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Schaefer, a former governor, is one of three members on the state Board of Public Works.

In August, the board announced Boonsboro received a $12,395 Community Parks & Playgrounds Program grant to replace unsafe playground equipment.

The town requested $100,000 - $87,000 to revitalize the Shafer Park, $11,000 to renovate the exterior of the community center and $2,000 to install a multipurpose field, Assistant Town Administrator Debbie Smith said Monday. The community center is adjacent to the park.

The town applied for a first round of grant funding and, as expected, did not get any money, she said.

The town expected those who did not get funding in the first round would get priority in the second round and that was not the case, she said. Instead other towns received more money than Boonsboro on both occasions.

Smithsburg received $104,000 of the $115,000 it requested.

Asked what Boonsboro is doing wrong and what the town can do to compete, Schaefer said, "You didn't do anything wrong. I am in sympathy with you."

He made suggestions about whom Smith could contact about future grants and gave advice about what should be included in grant applications.

During the meeting, Schaefer referred several times to Glendening, a fellow member, of the Board of Public Works.

"I don't like him. I don't like the governor at all. He dictates the way he wants," Schaefer said.

Kauffman reminded Schaefer about the time he visited Boonsboro when he was governor. Schaefer had recently received a letter containing criticism for attending a professional wrestling match, Kauffman said.

During that meeting they also talked about wrestler Hulk Hogan.

"Hulk Hogan - he was my man," Schaefer said.

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