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Boonsboro town council briefs

January 07, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

Town given certificate of appreciation



During Monday's Boonsboro Town Council meeting, Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Hewett presented the Town Council and mayor with a certificate of appreciation for its cooperation and support of Washington County's DARE program.

DARE, which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, has been in Washington County for about 10 years.

The town sponsors the DARE program in the Boonsboro schools at a cost of about $800, Town Manager John L. Kendall said.

"The DARE program is a very good program," Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said

If students are told about the dangers of illegal drugs at an early age, that information will help them in the future, Kauffman said.

Company hired to find leaks in water system



The town of Boonsboro voted Monday to hire a company to find leaks in the town's water system.

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Severn Trent Water of Fort Washington, Pa., will be paid $4,300 to isolate and identify leaks and make suggestions on how they can be repaired, Councilman Kevin Chambers said.

A City of Hagerstown official suggested the town use the company, which Hagerstown has used on past occasions.

Town to pay firm for computers, training



The Boonsboro Town Council voted Monday to pay a company to replace town government computers.

The town has five computers but they are outdated and were purchased "piecemeal," Town Manager John L. Kendall said.

Some of the computers had expired virus-detection programs, he said.

The town is going to pay a Frederick, Md., franchise of Computrain LLC $13,583 for four new computers, Kendall said.

The money also pays for training employees on how to use the networked computers and software, he said.

Company to be paid for telephone upgrade



The Boonsboro Town Council voted Monday to upgrade the town government's phone system.

The town will pay Glessner Alarm & Communications Systems about $5,000 to improve the system, adding the capability for people to leave voice mail messages on the phones, Town Manager John L. Kendall said.

The improvements will "bring the Boonsboro town offices into the 21st Century," Kendall said.

Mayor gives out new town e-mail address



The town of Boonsboro has a new e-mail address, Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said.

The new address is bns-web@pilot.wash.lib.md.us.

Recycling bins to move to GESAC building



The Town of Boonsboro is moving its recycling bins, in part in order to deter use by people who don't live in the town, Town Manager John L. Kendall said.

The town's recycling bins currently are in the Shafer Park parking lot, and they sometimes can be an eyesore, Kendall said.

The recycling bins will be moved next week to the GESAC Inc. building at 125 Orchard Drive, he said.

A sign will be posted at the park letting people know about the new location of the bins.

Town officials suspect that some people going through Boonsboro who are not residents have been dropping off their recycling materials in town bins, resulting in the bins sometimes overflowing, Kendall said.

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