Boonsboro briefs

June 07, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

Consulting company making second visit

BOONSBORO - An Alexandria, Va., consulting company that recommended Boonsboro create a walker-friendly downtown that emphasized its history and locally owned businesses will be in town again soon.

The town council voted Monday to spend $1,800 to bring back Mary Means + Associates Inc. to meet with business owners and residents later this month. A contract with the consultant three years ago cost $49,100, which included $25,000 in state grant money, according to The Herald-Mail.

Assistant Town Manager Debra Smith explained that the consultant would revisit the town to help business owners and members of the economic development and downtown development commissions assess the progress they have made.

New councilwoman Natalie J. Mose asked why the council should spend more money on a return trip.

"You can't go by what they did three years ago?" she asked.

Town Manager John L. Kendall said inviting back the consultant would be cheaper than commissioning another analysis to direct downtown revitalization. That could cost $25,000 to $50,000, he said.


The consultants will conduct a walk-through of downtown and meet with town officials June 14, according to Kendall.

Smith Elliott Kearns wins contract

BOONSBORO - Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. LLC did not submit the lowest bid, but the auditing firm did submit the best, Boonsboro Town Manager John L. Kendall told the town council Monday.

Despite receiving a bid of about $400 less, the council agreed to a three-year contract with the firm Kendall said has done business with the town for a number of years.

Kendall told the council that the town's relationships with auditors are important, and he has had good experiences with the firm.

Home-improvement contractor is chosen

BOONSBORO - With five bids ranging from about $18,000 to $40,000, Boonsboro Town Councilman William L. Tritapoe said he was apprehensive about awarding a roofing contract to an out-of-town firm.

"Somebody's going to get in trouble at $18,000. If you're bonded, fine," Tritapoe said.

Despite Tritapoe's concerns that work at the historic King Farm House might require a firm specializing in roofing, the town council agreed Monday to award its contract to On Top Home Improvement Inc.

With a bid of $18,104, the Damascus, Md., home-improvement contractor was the lowest of five bidders, Town Manager John L. Kendall said.

"I'd feel much better with a company I know specializes in roofs, and roofs only," Tritapoe said.

On Top Home Improvement Inc. is bonded, and the company's bid calls for a 30-year warranty on shingles and a 10-year warranty on performance, Kendall said. He said the bid came with a list of references, but he told the council he did not call them.

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