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Boonsboro briefs

November 02, 2004

Plan calls for cameras in park


BOONSBORO - In an attempt to deter vandalism at Shafer Park, the Boonsboro Parks Board plans to install three cameras at the town park, Councilman Richard Hawkins said Monday.

Hawkins, a member of the Parks Board, asked for and received the Boonsboro Town Council's permission to install the cameras.

It has not yet been determined how much will be spent to buy the three cameras, Hawkins said after the meeting. The cameras would be on from dusk through dawn, he said.

There has not been an increase in vandalism at the park but Parks Board members said they thought the camera might serve as a deterrent to the damage that does occur, Hawkins said.

Bulk trash pickup change cut costs


BOONSBORO - A change in how bulk trash pickup is handled in Boonsboro has proved a wise move, Town Manager John Kendall said Monday during the Boonsboro Town Council meeting.

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In past years, town employees were responsible for the bulk trash pickup and it lasted one week, Kendall said.

This year, the town's contracted trash hauler, Waste Management, was responsible for picking up the bulk trash on Oct. 16, he said.

Last year, the collection of bulk trash cost the town $6,000 and 32 tons were collected, he said.

This year, it cost about $2,200 - "almost $4,000 savings" - and 21 tons were collected, he said.

-Scott Butki

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