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Boonsboro briefs

October 05, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

Council OKs change in elections rules


BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council on Monday approved a resolution amending the Elections Ordinance to change the date of elections and provide for the possibility of election ties.

According to the amendment, the town's election day will change from the second Monday in May to the second Tuesday.

This change is being made to be consistent with the election days of other governmental bodies, Assistant Mayor Howard Long said.

The amendment also establishes that runoff elections should be held in case of a tie, as occurred in a May Town Council election.

The council held a public hearing on the issue at 6:30 p.m., prior to the council's regular 7 p.m. meeting. Other than town officials, the only people who attended the hearing were two members of the Boonsboro Board of Supervisors of Elections, Long said.

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The ordinance is to take effect 20 days from Monday's meeting.

Ordinance creating ethics code gets nod


BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council on Monday approved an ordinance creating a town ethics code for all town officials and employees.

Whether a municipality must have an ethics code depends on its population, Town Manager John Kendall said. The town should have one because it has grown to a population of about 3,000, he said.

The code's contents 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.

The council held a public hearing on the issue at 6:45 p.m., preceding the town's 7 p.m. meeting, but nobody spoke on the matter.

The ordinance is to take effect 20 days from Monday's meeting.

Hotel owner says he will fix up property


BOONSBORO - Mark Webb, the owner of the former Boone Hotel, has promised to make improvements to his property in the downtown square, Town Manager John Kendall said Monday.

Webb made the promise during a Sept. 28 meeting with the Boonsboro Town Council, Kendall said.

"We are waiting with nervous anticipation," Kendall said during Monday's council meeting.

Webb has promised to fix and replace windows, and paint the building's exterior, in addition to doing other work, Kendall said.

Webb has begun some of the renovation, Assistant Town Manager Howard Long said after the meeting.

Some residents have criticized the property, saying it was hindering downtown development.

Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman has said he and town officials have been encouraging Webb to either fix up the building and open the business or sell the property to someone else.

Kauffman was not at Monday's meeting.

Long ran the meeting in Kauffman's absence.

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