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Gross resigning from town council

November 08, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council is looking for a qualified applicant to fill one of its seats, after a 25-year member announced his resignation.

Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman said during the council's regular meeting Monday that Councilman Richard W. Gross is resigning his position.

Gross, who has been active in arranging the summer concert series and on the planning commission and Maryland Municipal League board, told residents at the meeting he is moving. He plans to get married Nov. 19, he said.

According to Kauffman, some applicants already have come forward about the position. The council and mayor are obligated to fill the position until the next general election, which is in May, Kauffman said.

Kauffman said he would like to review candidates for Gross' seat by the council's next work session Nov. 29. He read a long proclamation thanking Gross for his service before turning to him and saying, "Councilman Gross, hate to see you go, but good luck to you."

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The nephew of long-time treasurer Eugene "Gabby" Smith, Gross said he watched his uncle rebuild the town's finances. "He'd probably be upset in the way we spend money now, but Gabby was like that," Smith said of his uncle with a laugh.

Gross said that despite his plans to move from Boonsboro, he would like to continue serving as the secretary of the planning commission.

"To the citizens of Boonsboro, I've always said you're the best people on this earth, and you are," he said.

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