Boonsboro briefs 7/5

July 06, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

Officers to enforce property ordinance

BOONSBORO - As of Tuesday night, new Boonsboro Police Chief Jeff Hewett and his fellow officer, Jeff Shifler, not only have police powers but also the authority to enforce a new property appearance ordinance that was adopted without dissension following a public hearing.

Under the new ordinance, residents and business owners will have to maintain clean, safe, graffiti-free properties, Town Manager John Kendall said. The ordinance stipulates that residents keep their yards free of rodents and noxious weeds. Vehicles with no plates or registration cannot be parked in plain view, Kendall said.

Violators will have 72 hours to address any complaints before they begin incurring fines of $200 a day, Kendall said.

"It may seem tough, but one or two major violators will get the word," Kendall said.

On the job since July 1, Hewett and Shifler soon will be aided by a third part-time police officer, thanks to $19,000 in additional funds earmarked for that 20-hour-a-week position beginning in September.


Hewett reported that in his first five days on the job, there had been a dozen calls and two citations issued.

"I have never seen so many cruisers in town," said Town Councilman Bill Tritapoe. "Visibility is what we wanted."

Crews to install water line on Md. 66

BOONSBORO - Two announcements were made Tuesday night that would affect residents of Boonsboro.

n Starting July 11, travel on Md. 66 will be affected by the installation of a water line. Motorists are advised to find other routes until the work is completed.

n National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2, will coincide with the annual town picnic in Shafer Park from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Town Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said there will be food, soft drinks, ice cream and entertainment at the event, which will be held rain or shine.

No opposition voiced to loan switch idea

BOONSBORO - No one spoke out in a public hearing Tuesday against a proposal to replace a bank loan bearing a 3.5 percent interest rate with a 1 percent state loan for the $130,000 project to repair a 900-foot section of sewer lines on Park View Court.

The work is already done, but the town stands to save money by replacing the higher rate loan.

The bond bill was approved during the regular town meeting, which followed the public hearing.

Bid accepted for new road into Shafer Park

BOONSBORO - Work could begin by late summer on the new road that will curve into Shafer Park starting at the trolley station, according to Town Manager John Kendall.

A bid of nearly $187,000 put in by C. William Hetzer Inc. was accepted at Tuesday's meeting.

Also bearing good news on progress of the new Boonsboro library, Town Councilman Richard Hawkins reported that to date, $1.1 million has been committed for the building and bids are expected to go out in October.

"We're hoping to break ground in March and the library should be open in a year or so," Hawkins said.

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