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Boonsboro Town Council briefs

May 06, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

Ordinance would ban skateboards, scooters



BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council introduced an ordinance Monday that would ban skateboards, scooters, skates and rollerblades from the downtown district and restrict bicycles from riding on downtown district sidewalks.

The downtown district consists of North and South Main streets from the Square at Potomac and St. Paul streets through the 200 blocks of North and South Main streets, and the first blocks of Potomac Street and St. Paul Street, according to the proposed ordinance.

Proponents said the ordinance would improve safety in a congested area with many blind corners, but Councilman Mervin F. "Frank" Nuice argued the ordinance was too restrictive. Nuice, who voted against introducing the ordinance as written, said he would like to see it rewritten to affect only those creating a nuisance.

"I have a problem with an ordinance that makes riding a skateboard, not bothering anybody, an unlawful act," Nuice said.

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Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said he thought addressing only those who create a nuisance would create too much of a "gray area" for law enforcement.

Bicyclists, skateboards and other "play vehicles" would be able to bypass the restricted area by following Reeders Alley, Cemetery Lane and Park Road, which run parallel to Main Street, councilmembers said.

A public hearing on the ordinance will be scheduled in June, Kauffman said.




Age-restricted housing developments allowed



BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council passed an ordinance Monday to allow age-restricted housing developments in the town.

The change will open the door for a developer's plan to build 48 single-story senior condominiums on a property between Weis Market and Md. 66, Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said. Owners of the new condos would have to be 55 or older, developers said.

Kauffman said Boonsboro has lost many seniors, young couples and singles to new developments outside of town and said he would like to attract these demographics back into the town with small, affordable housing units.

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