Boonsboro briefs

October 08, 2003|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Town raises minimum amount for bids

BOONSBORO - The minimum amount for formal bids on town purchases went up from $200 to $1,000 Monday.

Town Manager John Kendall said the $200 limit was set in 1988. Since then, though, the spending power of $200 is far less, he said.

For example, it would take the town 30 days and a couple of consultations to buy a pair of tires that might cost $250 or $300, he said.

The town council unanimously approved the new limit.

Kendall said he still will be obliged to solicit bids for purchases of less than $1,000 and shop for the best price. But he won't need the council's consent before he agrees to a purchase.


However, the council will oversee purchases of less than $1,000 after the fact by reviewing bills before they're paid, Kendall said.

"The budget also constricts how much anyone can spend here in town," Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. added.

Council OKs $1,500 for holiday banners

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council on Monday approved spending $1,500 on 23 banners for the upcoming holiday season.

Town Manager John Kendall said some banners will have a red holiday design and others will have a snowflake on a dark blue background and will say "welcome."

Kendall said the town sold about 100 other banners it had to the city of Brunswick in Frederick County, Md., for $1,900.

The city plans to remove "Boonsboro" from the banners and replace it with "Brunswick," Kendall said.

Employee to attend fall conference

BOONSBORO - Assistant Town Manager Debbie Smith will go to the Maryland Municipal League fall conference in Cambridge, Md., from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1.

The town council agreed to spend up to $700 to cover the costs of her registration and trip.

"The classes are well worth it," Smith said.

Long to help raise funds for scholarships

BOONSBORO - Assistant Mayor Howard Long will serve on a committee to raise money for a Maryland Municipal League scholarship program in Washington County.

Each year, the Maryland Municipal League has contributed to local chapters' scholarship programs.

This year, though, that changed. The league decided instead to pool that money to create two new scholarships for graduate students at the University System of Maryland's Schaefer Center for Public Policy.

Members of the Washington County chapter have decided to figure out a way to continue giving four $500 scholarships, Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said.

Kauffman said Long is good at raising money.

"Howard will be able to come up with two thousand bucks in no time," Kauffman said.

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