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Boonsboro gets grant for park maintenance

December 04, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The Town of Boonsboro received an early Christmas gift Wednesday as the state Board of Public Works announced it has awarded the town a requested $86,506 grant for the maintenance of Shafer Park.

"We are very pleased and we could not have asked for a better Christmas present," Boonsboro Town Manger John Kendall said.

The state board approved that and other grant awards during its meeting Wednesday.

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

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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 Board of Public Works.

Schaefer, at a special town meeting in October 2002, made suggestions about who Assistant Town Manager Debbie Smith could contact about future grants and gave advice about what should be included in grant applications.

In a new round of funding, the town requested and received the rest of the money it requested.

"Boonsboro is very fortunate to have received $87,605 in additional grant funding through the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program for the maintenance of Shafer Park which is one of the town's greatest assets," Smith said Wednesday.

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