BOONSBORO - Though only a minority of property owners have expressed support of the plan, an annexation of land along Alternate U.S. 40 outside Boonsboro could go forward.
The town council voted at its meeting Monday to approve the introduction of a resolution annexing the land, as the Washington County and state health departments have recommended for the 197.57-acre area affected by possible well-water contamination.
"It was my intent that if we did not get 50 percent of the landowners in favor of it, that we not go forward," Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman said. But, the health departments have recommended moving forward with the plan because of the risk to residents, he said.
A public hearing for residents and state and county officials will be April 6, Town Manager John Kendall said.
According to Kendall, just 34 percent of property owners along U.S. 40 Alternate and Mill Point Road have agreed to the annexation since the town sent out letters offering the option.