Boonsboro briefs

August 08, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

Bids to be opened for wastewater plant

BOONSBORO - Construction bids for Boonsboro's largest project will be opened next week, Town Council member Kevin M. Chambers said.

The council approved a contract worth as much as $659,500 for the engineering services of CDM, a firm that is overseeing the construction of a new $8 million to $10 million wastewater treatment plant.

The contract includes $197,500 for on-site services, which could cost less if the project is finished in less than 15 months, Chambers told the council during its meeting Monday.

The council could award building contracts for the project by the end of September or mid-October, Chambers said.

Tritapoe resigns from town council

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council will be searching for a new member.

William L. Tritapoe told the council during its meeting Monday night that he and his wife are moving. His resignation from the council will be official Aug. 31, he said.


Boonsboro police force to expand

BOONSBORO - Now a year old, Boonsboro's revised town police force is growing.

The Boonsboro Town Council on Monday hired one new officer and agreed to allow Chief Jeff Hewett to look for another.

A Washington County Sheriff's Department veteran, who has spent the majority of his time on a narcotics task force, will join Boonsboro's force in December when he is able to retire from his current position, Hewett said.

With the new hire months from starting, Hewett asked the council for permission to look for a part-time officer. He told the council he would use money already earmarked for the first officer, if he hired another officer in the meantime.

The positions ultimately could be reviewed during budget talks again next year, he said.

Interim town manager receives support

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council still has to interview candidates, but interim Town Manager Debbie Smith has the support of at least one citizen for the permanent position.

Victor Klass, who serves on the town's economic and downtown development commissions, said the groups endorse making Smith town manager of Boonsboro.

"She is up to speed, and she is the right person for the job," Klass said Monday after he presented a brief report of the downtown development association's latest meeting.

Former Town Manager John Kendall retired earlier this summer after about four years on the job.

Assistant Mayor Howard W. Long said the council plans to interview candidates for the position next week. He said the town has had to readvertise the position because past applicants did not have the appropriate qualifications.

Town Council member Natalie J. Mose said some applicants were asking for more money than the town was prepared to pay.

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