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Construction projects abound in Boonsboro

Wastewater treatment plant is among top priorities

Wastewater treatment plant is among top priorities

January 08, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

BOONSBORO - The ongoing construction of a wastewater treatment plant on Monroe Road is among the Town of Boonsboro's top priorities in 2008.

Town Manager Debra Smith said the $11.8 million project began in November and has to be completed by the end of 2009 to satisfy mandates from the Maryland Department of the Environment. The new facility is being built in the same spot as the town's existing plant.

Federal funding will pay about $7.2 million of the project's cost, Smith said. State grants will account for an additional $2.6 million, and the MDE will provide a $2 million loan, she said.

Smith said town officials plan to pay off the MDE loan by taxing future developments.

The new facility's 540,000-gallon-per-day output will allow no more than 1,640 new connections over the next 20 years, meaning town officials will be able to control growth, Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said.

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"The town won't be able to grow the way developers want it to grow," he said. "We have diligently tried to plan for the future. We hope our citizens will see we've acted very responsibly."

In addition to the wastewater treatment plant, town officials anticipate a new 10,000-square-foot library will open near Shafer Park by the end of March, Smith said. The library would replace the existing one downtown. It is unclear what will happen to the current library when the doors close for good, she said.

Another project involves building an entrance from Md. 34 into Shafer Park, she said. The $1.2 million cost also includes the construction of two recreational ball fields at the park and a wheelchair ramp that will lead to the fishing pond.

To help residents with failing water systems along Alt. U.S. 40, 7,600 feet of waterline will be extended between Lappans and Mill Point roads, Smith said. Although the start date hasn't been decided, the project should take about 10 months to complete.

On May 12, Boonsboro will hold elections for mayor and the Town Council seat held by Ray Grove, Kauffman said. Each office carries a four-year term.

Candidates who want to run have to file by April 14.

Kauffman said he wasn't sure whether he would seek re-election.

"I'll know in a few months," he said.

Grove, on the other hand, said he would not run for another term.

"I've been there almost 15 years," he said. "I think it's time for someone else."

Other projects this year include an update of the town's comprehensive plan and the possible partnership of a recycling program with the county.

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