Boonsboro briefs

February 07, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Council appoints two liaisons

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro's town council voted to appoint two liaisons to town commissions at Monday's town meeting.

Councilman Ray Hoffman was appointed to be a liaison to the Boonsboro Municipal Utilities Commission. Hoffman had been serving as a member of the commission, but when he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the town council, he had to leave that position, Town Manager John Kendall said.

Councilman Raymond Grove was appointed to be the liaison to the Economic Development Council. Grove filled a vacancy with his appointment.

The council also voted Monday to appoint Councilman Kevin Chambers to the personnel committee.

Town center to be redevelopment area

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council voted Monday night to establish its town center as a redevelopment area.


Town Manager John Kendall said the redevelopment area is similar to a business district in other towns.

"By approving and establishing that zone, that entitles those residents and business owners in that zone to have any excise taxes that apply waived by virtue of economic development reasons," he said.

The resolution passed Monday, pending adoption by the town of the county's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance. A public hearing to discuss the APFO will be Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Several appointed to commissions

BOONSBORO - Harold Kirby was appointed to the Boonsboro Municipal Utilities Commission at Monday night's town meeting.

Kirby will be a voting member of the commission, which manages water and sewer operations for the town, Town Manager John Kendall said.

He filled a vacancy in the group, which now has seven members.

Steve Jamison was appointed as a permanent member of the Board of Zoning Appeals for the town at the meeting, Kendall said.

The board is independent of the mayor and town council, and listens to and takes action on zoning appeals in Boonsboro, Kendall said.

Carvel Wright also was appointed to the town's Planning Commission. Mayor Charles F. Kauffman Jr. said it was a reappointment for Wright.

Police chief to be permanent

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro's town council appointed Jeff Hewett as acting police chief in July, pending a one-year review period.

Mayor Charles F. Kauffman Jr. announced at Monday night's town meeting that Hewett had done an excellent job, and the town voted to make him the permanent police chief.

"You have taken the ball and ran with it very well, getting our police force going and established," Kauffman said.

Town announces possible annexation

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council announced a resolution Monday to annex 10 county properties into the town - expanding Boonsboro's footprint by about 35 acres.

Town Manager John Kendall said the 10 properties, including the town's sewer pump, are on the south end of town, along South Main Street.

The town would like to annex the properties to be consistent with Boonsboro's master plan, he said.

Mayor Charles F. Kauffman Jr. said the annexed property will not mean any new growth for the town.

Boonsboro's town council will hold a public hearing on the possible annexation March 16 at 6:30 p.m.

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