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Boonsboro briefs

July 08, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Shumaker appointed to committee



BOONSBORO - Donald Shumaker of Boonsboro was appointed to the town's police and public safety commission during a town council meeting Monday.

The vote was unanimous.

Assistant Mayor Howard Long said one vacancy remains on the committee.




Gutters, downspouts OK'd for pavilions



BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council voted Monday to spend about $3,500 on new gutters and downspouts for park pavilions.

The vote was 6-0. The contract was awarded to Cronise Corp. in Boonsboro.

Town Manager Debra Smith said that although Cronise did not provide the lowest bid, the company was recommended due to its "reputation and previous work done in the park."




Town to pay for vehicle expenses



BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council voted Monday to allow Police Chief Jeff Hewett to purchase his own vehicle that he will use to conduct town business.

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The vote was 6-0.

The town will pay for vehicle maintenance, gasoline and other fees. The 2008 Jeep Wrangler is being purchased from Heritage Auto Park in Owings Mills, Md., for $25,835.

"I have concerns about the financing arrangement," said Councilwoman Barbara Wetzel. "As I understand it, the town is basically financing this vehicle and Chief Hewett is paying payments on it, and I can't get my head around why that is necessary. If a vehicle is used in his duties as police chief ... then why doesn't the town just buy the vehicle."

Hewett said this agreement is similar to another agreement he has with the town regarding his current vehicle, and if he is to leave the town, he will take the vehicle with him.

"The town is getting a vehicle for nothing except maintenance, and I'm getting the vehicle that I want," he said.




Trees to be trimmed, removed at park



BOONSBORO -Thirty nine trees at Shafer Park will be trimmed, and one dead tree will be removed from the park.

Boonsboro Town Council voted Monday to spend $8,500 on the trees. The contract was awarded to Carbaugh Tree Service in Maugansville, which was the lowest of three bidders.

Town Manager Debra Smith said the trees needed to be trimmed in order to maintain them, and also because some are blocking security cameras in the park.

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