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Boonsboro briefs

August 08, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

Town to pay $8,300 more for road overlay



The Boonsboro Town Council voted 4-1 Monday to pay a contractor about $8,300 beyond the agreed-upon price for a street overlay project to cover an unexpected rise in asphalt prices.

The contractor, Huntzberry Brothers, had submitted a fixed-rate bid for the work, but asked the council for the extra funds after having to pay about $85 more per liquid ton of liquid asphalt than anticipated, Town Manager Debra Smith said.

Even with the additional payment, the cost of the work was much lower than any of the other bids received, Smith said. Several councilmembers said they supported paying the extra money because the contractor did a good job, saved the town a lot of money and seemed to have made an honest mistake.

Town Councilman Kevin Chambers voted against paying the extra money, arguing that it could set a precedent for future requests.

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Former library space might hold meetings



The Boonsboro Town Council voted Monday to grant a zoning permit to allow the former library space to be used as meeting chambers. The town has not determined whether mayor and council meetings will be moved to the library site, Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said.

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