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Boonsboro briefs

April 03, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Bulk trash pickup set for April 14



BOONSBORO - Bulk trash pickup in Boonsboro has been scheduled for April 14.

Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said items for pick up should be placed outside the night before. Construction items will not be collected, he said.

Bulk trash is collected in Boonsboro twice each year.




Handicapped-access door being considered



BOONSBORO - A handicapped-accessible door is needed in Boonsboro's community center if town officials want a model train to be set up in the lower level of the building.

Richard Keesecker, of the Boonsboro Downtown Development Association, said the model train setup is 12 feet by 30 feet, and could be a "tourist attraction" for the town.

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The Boonsboro Town Council voted Monday night to get proposals to design and construct a handicapped-accessible door granting access to the basement. The vote was unanimous, with Councilman Richard E. Hawkins Sr. absent.




Economic commission members appointed



BOONSBORO - Two new members were appointed to Boonsboro's Economic Development Commission Monday night.

Diane Webb, of A Cut Above on Main Street, and Amy Bowen, who works at Susquehanna Bank, were appointed to the commission unanimously. Councilman Richard E. Hawkins Sr. was absent.

Erik Johnsson and Chris Sarnecki were reappointed to the commission after their three-year terms expired.

Those votes also were unanimous.




Council considers leasing farmland



BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council decided Monday that a potential lease on the town's farm will cost $65 per acre per year.

Someone would like to lease a part of the farm to grow hay, Town Manager Debra A. Smith said. She said that portion of the farm, near Shafer Park, will be the site of an aquatic center in five or more years.

Smith said a lease on that part of the farm would not extend long enough to conflict with the center.

The town council voted unanimously to set the cost of the lease at $65 per acre per year. Councilman Richard E. Hawkins Sr. was absent.




Historic preservation district considered



BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council discussed Monday the possibility of designating a portion of downtown as a historic preservation district.

A public hearing was set on the issue for May 7 at 6 p.m. at the community center at Shafer Park.

Council members said they recognized the issue would be controversial, as the historic preservation district would call for a seven-member committee that would review building permits and make other decisions related to the district.

Guidelines that the committee would follow would be established by the town council.

Those guidelines could include rules on paint color, council members said.

"I don't want to make this so stringent that to trim a bush you have to come before a seven-member committee," Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said.

Planning Director Derek S. Meyers said the historic preservation district would protect the integrity of the downtown district and make the town eligible for tax credits and grants.




Portion of Center St. speed limit increased



BOONSBORO - The speed limit on Center Street between Campus Avenue and Orchard Drive was increased by 10 mph Monday night.

The town council voted unanimously to raise the speed limit to 25 mph on that street, which is the speed limit on all other roads in town. Councilman Richard E. Hawkins Sr. was absent.




Treatment plant low bid about $9.5 million



BOONSBORO - The lowest bid received for Boonsboro to construct a new wastewater treatment plant was about $9.5 million.

Town Manager Debra A. Smith said the town's goal was to come in less than $10 million.

The Maryland Department of the Environment has required that Boonsboro construct a new wastewater treatment plant to meet requirements that must be in place by 2010, Smith said.

The requirements are part of the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act.

During the first round of advertised bids, the low bid was $13.6 million.

The six bids most recently received will now undergo a 90-day review period, Smith said.

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