End of streetscape project in sight

June 03, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

BOONSBORO - When the downtown streetscape work began three years ago, Boonsboro Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman Jr. was convinced that his telephone would be ringing off the hook.

"But that didn't happen," he said.

And now the project is heading into the homestretch.

Town Manager John Kendall said the calls he and Kauffman have gotten have been from reasonable people seeking information.

One resident, Andrew Wren, attended a town meeting to voice his displeasure about the type of fencing that was going to be erected in front of his South Main Street home.

Hearing that concern, Kendall said no fencing was placed in front of Wren's home, as requested.

Elsewhere around Town Square, decorative fencing abounds along the new sidewalks and street surfaces.

Kauffman said he applauds the patience that residents have shown. He said everyone seems satisfied with the results of the project, which he estimated is 95 percent complete.


There still are areas, such as the entrance to the alleys off St. Paul and Potomac streets, that need some work, he said.

"I'm very pleased that the state has seen fit to spend more than $4 million in our town," Kauffman said.

Kendall said there are two sections west of town left to complete.

"Some landscaping is still needed in a few areas and some spots are receding a little," he said.

A total of 42 new streetlights line Main Street with plates on each noting to whom they are dedicated. A group of residents got together and accomplished that feat, Kendall said.

"Soon our new banners will be going up," Kendall said. "They are royal blue with a wayfarer theme."

Those will be mounted on the light poles and alternated with banners that will be placed during various seasons.

Kauffman said the next goal is to convince the state to put a green arrow on the light at Town Square for northbound traffic wanting to turn left toward Sharpsburg.

The town and the state currently are haggling over how many parking spaces on Main Street must be lost if such an arrow is installed.

"The State Highway Administration wants to take out a lot of parking spaces at that intersection and we don't think that is necessary," Kendall said.

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