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State grant expected

December 02, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro officials expect the State of Maryland to announce Wednesday that the town will receive a state grant to improve the community park, Assistant Town Administrator Debbie Smith said during Monday's Boonsboro Town Council meeting.

The town won't know the amount of the grant until the one for Boonsboro and other municipalities is announced, Smith said.

The maximum amount the town will receive is about $87,000, she said.

In August 2002, the state Board of Public Works announced Boonsboro received a $12,395 Community Parks & Playgrounds Program grant to replace unsafe playground equipment.

The town had requested about $100,000, mostly to pay for revitalizing Shafer Park.

After town officials said they were disappointed by the grant's amount, Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman asked Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer to attend a town meeting so they could discuss the issue. Schaefer, a former governor, is one of three members on the state Board of Public Works.

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Schaefer attended a special town meeting in October 2002. He made suggestions about whom Smith could contact about future grants and gave advice about what should be included in grant applications.

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