Boonsboro briefs

August 09, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

Town might get rid of recycling bins

BOONSBORO - People who take advantage of Boonsboro's cardboard recycling units have one last chance to clean up their acts.

That was the message during Monday's town council meeting, when interim Town Manager Debbie Smith said the town will get rid of the bins if the recycling site is not properly maintained.

Because of boxes that have not been broken down, the town has had to pay extra fees to the waste haulers who remove the boxes, and it has twice upped the number of bins it offers for recycling, Smith said. Businesses also have taken advantage of the program, which is intended for citizens' use only, she said.

If the situation does not improve, Smith said the town will have to junk the program.

"Break your cardboard down, if you want to continue to use these units. If not, we will remove these units at the end of August," she said.


Water and sewer tapping fees to go up

BOONSBORO - For the first time in 10 years, people planning to build homes along Boonsboro's perimeter will pay more to access the town's water and sewer services.

Town council members, who voted for increases in the tapping fees for water and sewer, told residents at a meeting Monday they do not know how the increases will affect properties along Alternate U.S. 40, where problems with well water forced the town to offer annexation.

According to council member Kevin Chambers, the new fees - $6,500 for water per equivalent dwelling unit and $11,000 for sewer per EDU - will be effective at the next preliminary plat approval.

The fees originally were $5,000 each, Chambers said.

While the state has offered to help pay for the extension of the town's water to a 197.57-acre area along Alternate U.S. 40, no funding has been offered for the extension of sewer services, Chambers said. More than 25 percent of residents in that area, but fewer than 50 percent, have agreed to annexation to address well water the Washington County Health Department and the state have said is unsafe, he said.

Two citizens questioned whether people in the area would have to pay the new full sewer tapping fee if their properties are annexed. Chambers acknowledged the issue is a "gray area."

"I would think if you annexed that and told those people that they had to pay $11,000 for a hookup, you wouldn't be able to do that. They wouldn't be able to afford that," said Mary Ann Lum, who lives within the town limits.

The project currently is on hold, Chambers said.

Two groups to play at band shell in park

BOONSBORO - Two musical groups will perform Sunday at Shafer Memorial Park's band shell in Boonsboro, interim town manager Debbie Smith told the Boonsboro Town Council at Monday's meeting.

Hosanna will perform at 5:45 p.m. before giving way to the Williamsport Community Band at 7:05 p.m., she said.

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