Town Council briefs

February 04, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

Town to loan money to fire company for land

The Boonsboro Town Council voted Monday to give the Fire Hose Co. of Boonsboro a seven-year, $125,000 loan so it buy land near Shafer Park for a future move.

The company currently is based at 5 Saint Paul Street.

The new location is on land near the park but Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said he did not want to specify the exact location because negotiations for the land's purchase have not been completed.

The fire company wants the land because it will need a larger facility at some point and fire officials thought it could get the property for a good price, he said.

It has not been determined when the fire company would switch to a new location but it will not be anytime soon, Kauffman said.


Town to loan money to rescue company

The Boonsboro Town Council on Monday voted to give a seven-year $125,000 loan to the Boonsboro Rescue Co. so it can pay for a rescue squad it has purchased.

The loan is interest-free, Town Manager John Kendall said.

The council agreed to separate loan requests from the fire and rescue companies because it supports and wants to helps them, Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said.

"We support them not just with words but with action," Kauffman said.

Committee to update employee handbook

The Boonsboro Town Council voted Monday to have a town Personnel Committee begin meeting to update the town's employee handbook.

The town has not updated the handbook since 1994, Town Manager John Kendall said.

As part of its work, the panel will update a salary scale used to determine wages of the town's eight full-time employees, two part-time workers, and two seasonal employees, Kendall said.

He said the committee will have six members: Three from the Town Council and three city staff members.

Tennis coach gives update on court repairs

The tennis coach at Boonsboro High School gave the Boonsboro Town Council an update Monday on attempts to get the school's six tennis courts repaired.

Coach Wayne Lowery has collected more than $2,000, including $500 from the Town Council, to pay for repairs to the courts, which are about 25 years old.

He said it was his hope that the Washington County Board of Education would use $40,000 budgeted in state program open space funds for improvements at county tennis courts to pay for repairing the Boonsboro tennis courts.

"They are the worst ones in the county," Lowery said.

Rohrersville Band seeking memorabilia

The Rohrersville Band wants people with band artifacts, such as programs, music and hats, to call, member and Boonsboro Town Councilman Richard Gross said Monday.

The band wants to put some band memorabilia on display, he said.

He asked people with band-related items to call him at 301 432-8389.

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