Boonsboro briefs

November 08, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

Town's finances said to be healthy

BOONSBORO - According to Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman's diagnosis, the Town of Boonsboro's finances are healthy. An accountant charged with looking over the books told Town Council Monday he agreed.

"Historically, the town had a very good financial position, and it just increased this year," accountant Terry T. Eisenhauer told council at its regular meeting.

According to an audit prepared by Eisenhauer and other accountants at Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. LLC in Hagerstown, the town's net assets grew from about $8.4 million in fiscal year 2004 to more than $10.5 million in fiscal 2005, which ended June 30. The growth was largely due to expansion and development, Eisenhauer said.

The general fund balance, which does not include figures for the water and sewer accounts, totaled $1.396 million in October, Kauffman said. The town had $318,000 in outstanding bills - $147,000 of that total represented reimbursements to Washington County for the excise tax, Kauffman said.


Council approves bid for trash collection

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro residents might see an increase in the garbage-collection costs next year after the Town Council approved a bid for waste-hauling Monday night.

Town Manager John L. Kendall said Waste Management, the company that is under a $131,000 contract to provide trash-hauling services this year, did not return a quote for services next year. Only two companies of four the town contacted returned bids, Kendall said Monday.

The low bid, $147,000, was from Peck's Refuse Disposal in Pennsylvania, Kendall said. The bid was $16,000 more than the amount Waste Management charged this year, he said.

The council awarded Peck's the contract.

Kendall said the council could consider increasing residents' rates, which are $15 per quarter now.

Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman said the town might one day want to consider buying garbage trucks or sharing the work with another community.

Blanket flower named town's official flower

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro now has its own flower.

The Town Council approved making the blanket flower, a red and yellow bloom, the town flower Monday night.

The colors stand for wisdom and courage, said Joe Scalese, the chairman of the town park board who presented the proposal.

BOONSBORO - Language that would put restriction on decks will come before Boonsboro Town Council Dec. 5.

The Town Council Monday night approved introducing an ordinance for vote in December that would set requirements for decks. Town Manager John L. Kendall said the ordinance would limit extension of townhouse decks to a maximum of 35 percent into the home's back yard and to within 3 feet on either side of the home's width. Allowable maximum height would be 12 feet, Kendall said.

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