Boonsboro briefs

September 08, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART

Ballpark upgrades tentatively approved

BOONSBORO - Town officials on Tuesday tentatively approved proposed improvements to the playing fields used by the South Mountain Little League - upgrades prompted by a recent ATV accident that took the lives of two boys, one a Boonsboro player.

"We've had a lot of inquiries from companies who want to donate services and materials to upgrade the entire complex as sort of a memorial," said Rich Lum, league president.

Questions about grading, parking and flood plains were raised by Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. and Town Manager John Kendall and will be discussed before any work is done.

Computer upgrade is being studied

BOONSBORO - A computer upgrade that would allow town employees to update the Boonsboro Web site and tie in with the Washington County Permits and Inspections office is being studied.


Town Zoning Administrator Carvel Wright told town officials Tuesday night that the upgrade could save a lot of money and time for his office. He said he is continuing to explore the needs and the cost of the upgrade.

Public hearing set for October

BOONSBORO - A public hearing for discussion on the town's amendments to the election ordinance will be held Monday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m., prior to the regular monthly meeting.

Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said the amendments not only will address what to do in case of a tie - as occurred in May - but also will change the election day from the second Monday in May to the second Tuesday.

"Now we're going to be ready for it," Kauffman said, referring to the tie.

Amendment changes makeup of EDC

BOONSBORO - An amendment was introduced Tuesday night to change the specific makeup of the town's Economic Development Commission.

While the number will stay at 10 members, there will be one chairman, one vice chairman, seven regular members and one liaison. There previously have been two liaison members to other town boards.

Two new members of the commission were announced Tuesday night - Victor Klass and Bob Sweeney.

Steps are taken toward ethics code

BOONSBORO - Although still exempt from a state-mandated ethics code, the Town of Boonsboro took steps Tuesday night to implement one for all town officials and employees.

"It's voluntary at this point," said Town Attorney William Wantz.

Some of the items in the code will include establishing a three-member commission that would make determinations and give advisory opinions on such issues as conflict of interest, doing business with the town, accepting gifts, and requiring town officials and candidates for office to make financial disclosures, Wantz said.

Whether a municipality must have an ethics code depends on its population, Wantz said.

Orchard Drive costs authorized

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Mayor and Town Council voted Tuesday to authorize $37,400 in engineering costs so that work on an extension to Orchard Drive can proceed. Councilman Richard Hawkins abstained.

"We don't want to hold this up any longer," said Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. "They need to get started on the design."

Construction will be put out to bid on the project, which is expected to cost $200,000, according to Town Manager John Kendall. The engineering costs are part of that figure.

The extension is part of the town's expansion of the park.

Bulk trash pickup date announced

BOONSBORO - The bulk trash pickup day for residents of the Town of Boonsboro will be Saturday, Oct. 16.

"Last year, it took the town a week to do this," said Town Manager John Kendall.

This year, Waste Management will be handling the items on that one day. It will cost the town less than it did last year, Kendall said.

No refrigerators or air conditioners containing freon will be picked up.

New members of park board announced

BOONSBORO - David Wade and Laura Schackenberg were announced as new members of the Boonsboro Park Board Tuesday night.

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