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Annexation critic invites council to picnic

November 02, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

BOONSBORO - A critic of a proposed annexation has invited the Boonsboro Town Council members to come to her property for a free picnic and a walk.

Sondra Shaffer began her remarks to the council, during its Monday meeting, with a compliment, saying she wishes national politics were "this warm, this fuzzy, this competent."

Perhaps she will try to get Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman Jr. or council members elected to national office, she said.

"This is public enough," Kauffman said.

Shaffer asked council members to come to her property, parts of which border a 96-acre farm east of Boonsboro, she said. The Easterday family, which owns the farm property, has requested annexation into the town and a rezoning of some of the land.

At an Oct. 20 public hearing on the annexation, Shaffer spoke against the Easterday family's plans to rezone the property, saying it could damage the local environment, particularly wetlands and creeks.

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Shaffer said she sent a four-page letter to the town expressing her position on the issue.

The 10-day period when written comments on the proposal were accepted has expired but Shaffer asked permission to submit a fifth page in which she addressed concerns about the traffic impact of the possible rezoning.

Kauffman agreed to accept the document into the record. It would be hard to refuse the request in the middle of a public meeting, he said.

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