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Kendall moving on as town moves forward

June 20, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

BOONSBORO

On the road between South Mountain and Antietam National Battlefield, Town Manager John Kendall said he sees a town with a future capitalizing on its past.

While Boonsboro is moving forward, Kendall is moving on.

Nearly four years after he was hired as town manager, Kendall, 66, informed Town Council and Mayor Charles "Skip" F. Kauffman Jr. on June 5 that he plans to retire. He said Monday he believes the town is poised to build on the projects it began during his tenure.

"It will be a bedroom village, it will be a commuter town. I don't see the day you (would) have major industry. Your industry here is going to be heritage tourism," Kendall said.

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According to its long-range plans, the town will grow to between 6,000 and 7,000 residents - about double its current size - by 2011, Kendall said. If events unfold as the five-year forecast indicates, museums showcasing Boonsboro's trolley station and Civil War heritage will draw people downtown and stores will serve residents on the edges, Kendall said.

With annexations and the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant, the town has prepared for its growing population, but its biggest challenges involve the sewer, water and school facilities, Kendall said.

The town will be ready, he said.

"Because it's within the town's control, it will be planned growth, planned development," Kendall said.

Kendall has left the town in a good position, Kauffman said.

"He's been a very positive influence on the town of Boonsboro, and we appreciate what he's done for us," Kauffman said.

According to George Messner, who serves on several commissions appointed by Town Council, Kendall has pushed the town in the right direction.

"He took the reins and moved forward. I just think they need to find someone with similar ... skills," he said. "That might be hard to do." Kendall, who said he retired as a colonel after 26 years in the U.S. Army, worked as a town manager and city administrator for several years before being hired by Boonsboro in October 2002. He said Monday that his last day of work will be June 30.

"For 26 years, I chose my career and certainly after that, I did as well, and now, it's time to stop and enjoy ... enjoy what I have left. Now, whether I hold to that philosophy or not, I don't know," said Kendall, who conceded work always has been his hobby.

Kendall and his wife, Brenda, live in Frederick County, Md. They have two adult children in the area, he said.

Kendall's salary is about $46,900 a year, Assistant Mayor Debra Smith said.

Town Council has not yet advertised the need for a new manager, Kendall said Monday.

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