Boonsboro briefs

October 07, 2003|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Town Council gives to REACH shelter

BOONSBORO - After hearing a list of things a local homeless shelter needs, including money, the Boonsboro Town Council decided Monday to donate $50.

The Religious Effort to Assist and Care for the Homeless, or REACH, runs a homeless shelter each year that rotates among Hagerstown's churches and its synagogue.

Boonsboro Councilman Richard Gross told the council that the shelter will open Oct. 26 and could use extra toiletries and other items.

He made the motion to donate money to REACH.

Councilman Richard Hawkins suggested posting a copy of the list of needs at the library.

Parking spaces to be removed

BOONSBORO - Two parking spaces on U.S. Alt. 40 will be removed under a plan to improve the flow of traffic, the Boonsboro Town Council decided Monday.


But Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said many more spots might be added under a possible lease agreement for off-street parking.

Last month, a traffic expert helping the State Highway Administration told town officials that a short lane might be added on northbound U.S. Alt. 40, just before St. Paul Street, to let vehicles going straight drive around vehicles stopped to turn left.

The short bypass lane would be laid out where the two parking spaces are now.

Town Manager John Kendall said the two spots are in front of Heather B's Restaurant.

Kauffman said the town has a plan to add parking off Main Street which would "way more than make up for the loss of two spaces."

The off-street lot "could be 40 (spaces), it could be 50, depending on how it's designed," he said.

Kauffman said the landowner is interested in a lease agreement with the town.

Two people appointed to boards

BOONSBORO - Two people were appointed to two town boards Monday.

Richard Keesecker was appointed to a three-year term on the Economic Development Commission.

James Michael Good was appointed to a two-year term on the Park Board.

Town Manager John Kendall said there are no term limits for those boards, so the appointments can be renewed when the terms expire.

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