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Boonsboro briefs

April 08, 2008

Mayor wants Washington County Commuter bus service

BOONSBORO -- Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. asked Monday that the Washington County Commuter buses extend their service to the town.

He said that at one time the public transportation service was available to residents in Boonsboro.

"We no longer have that," Kauffman said. "The county commuter system now has these vans that don't cost as much to operate. I'm sure (town residents) would love to have public transportation available to them."

Kauffman asked Susan MacDonald, Executive Director for the county's Commission on Aging, who spoke during the town meeting, offering information about plans to help the county's aging population and asking for feedback.

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She said there are plans for a multi-purpose senior center. Currently, Washington County is the only Maryland county without one.

Transportation for senior citizens and the availability of information about available services also was discussed.




Town to pay to have yard waste made into mulch

BOONSBORO -- The Boonsboro Town Council voted Monday to spend $4,685 to have debris at the town's yard waste site turned into mulch.

The council also voted to sell its aging chipper, which Town Manager Debra Smith said no longer was able to handle the amount of debris at the site off of Monroe Road.

The vote to pay for a service to turn the debris into mulch was 6-0. Smith said she believes the service will be needed annually.

The vote to sell the current chipper, which is about 14 years old, also was 6-0.

Smith said that the mulch produced at the yard debris site will be used in the town's park. Any mulch that is left over will be given for free to town residents.




Age restricted housing ordinance introduced

BOONSBORO -- An ordinance was introduced Monday that would offer age-restricted housing in Boonsboro.

Town Planner Megan Clark said a developer has proposed offering 48 single-story senior condominiums in a housing development behind the Weis market.

She said a public hearing would be held in May on the proposed ordinance.

-- Erin Cunningham

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