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Boonsboro officials toutplan to annex 32.49 acres

March 17, 2006|by TARA REILLY

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro's town limits are likely to grow by more than 30 acres.

The town has proposed annexing 32.49 acres along South Main Street (Old National Pike) stretching to just north of Rohrersville Road (Md. 67).

The Town Council held a public hearing on the proposed annexation Thursday night at the Eugene C. Smith Community Center at Shafer Memorial Park.

One person spoke at the hearing and supported the annexation.

Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman said the annexation would bring a Boonsboro pumping station at the south end of town and the site of a soon-to-be bank into the town's limits.

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Town Manager John Kendall said the annexation would make the property consistent with the town's and Washington County's comprehensive plans, both of which call for the annexation.

A Feb. 13 letter from Town Attorney William C. Wantz stated the annexation was proposed to "provide municipal water and sewer service to existing commercial properties on South Main Street."

The County Commissioners decided Tuesday that all but about nine acres of the property proposed for annexation was consistent with the county's Comprehensive Plan.

They granted "express approval" for the portion that was inconsistent so the property could be developed without a five-year waiting period, according to county information.

After Thursday's hearing, Kendall said a public hearing on another proposed annexation will be rescheduled. It had been scheduled for April 6, but Kendall said it will now be held in early May.

That annexation involves 197.57 acres along Old National Pike to Mill Point Road and would allow for the extension of public water service.

Wells in that area have tested positive for fecal bacteria and might contain pathogens that could make some people sick, the Washington County Health Department has said.

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