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Group seeks support for COG

February 08, 2005|by WANDA T. WILLIAMS

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council on Monday night agreed to support the creation of a local council of governments that would include all Washington County municipalities and the county government.

Caren Cramer, a member of Boonsboro High School's Citizen's Advisory Council, presented a proposal asking town council members to support the concept.

Cramer presented a report that outlined a number of the council's concerns regarding the long-term impact of projected population growth in Washington County.

Quoting a Feb. 3 story from the Washington Post, Cramer said studies indicate a projected 2 million more people, 830,000 more homes and 1.6 million new jobs will expand west to Loudoun County, Va., and north to Frederick County, Md., by 2030.

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Boonsboro Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman said he supports the idea and plans to submit the proposal for further discussion to the Maryland Municipal League at the group's March meeting.

Kauffman and Town Manager John Kendall said a council of governments would strengthen the lines of communication among Washington County's municipalities and would increase efficiency.

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