Boonsboro briefs

December 01, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Dump truck approved

BOONSBORO -- Boonsboro's Town Council voted unanimously Monday to spend $75,151 on a new dump truck with a plow and salt spreader.

The vote was 5-0, with Councilman Frank Nuice absent.

The truck, a 2008 Ford, will be purchased from Hagerstown Ford, which was the low bidder, said Town Manager Debra Smith.

She said the truck can be available within the next three weeks with the plow, and the salt spreader could be functioning by the first week in January.

The town's current salt spreader is leaking oil, and Smith said officials learned earlier this year that it would cost at least $1,000 to service the vehicle.


"We've put so much money into that one already," Smith said.

Boonsboro wants to renegotiate part of contract

BOONSBORO -- The Boonsboro Town Council voted Monday to attempt to refine its contract with a company charged with conducting a water study for the town.

The vote was 5-0 with Councilman Frank Nuice absent.

Councilman Kevin Chambers said the town has a contract with ARRO to conduct the water rate study but would like to drop the portion of the study that was to focus on the cost of service for Keedysville residents. Boonsboro and Keedysville have an existing arrangement, and Keedysville residents use Boonsboro water at a predetermined rate. Chambers said the study was attempting to come up with a rate per 1,000 gallons of water used, but found that task impossible.

ARRO was to be paid about $17,500 for the study, with about $3,511 for the portion of the study focused on water rate. Chambers said there might be additional costs that also could be waived.

Keedysville currently uses about 16.4 percent of total water used from Boonsboro and pays for 16.4 percent of related costs, along with some administrative fees, Chambers said.

He said town officials are planning to meet with ARRO to release themselves from that part of the contract.

Officials say they are not to blame for change order

BOONSBORO -- Due to inaccurate bid documents, a water pipe for the first phase of the Shafer Park expansion in Boonsboro was originally bid at the incorrect size, resulting in a $13,000 change order when the correct one had to be ordered.

Town Manager Debra Smith said a bid form written by contractor CDM was written incorrectly, calling for thicker pipes, but bid specifications were correct.

Councilman Richard Hawkins said Brake Construction Co., the contractor, would waive a restocking fee but is still expecting to be paid about $12,000 for the thicker pipe. Town officials said Monday they are not to blame for the issue and should not have to pay.

"I don't think we should take credit for a disaster here," said Councilman Kevin Chambers.

Smith recommended that the town council speak with the town's attorney to resolve the issue between the contractor and CDM.

"A mistake was made, but it certainly was not the town's mistake," said Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. "So, let those who made the mistake pay for it."

Town Council forms policy committee

BOONSBORO -- Boonsboro's Town Council voted Monday to form a policy committee.

The vote was 5-0, with Councilman Frank Nuice absent.

Council members Natalie Mose and Barbara Wetzel, and Assistant Mayor Howard Long will serve on the committee, along with Town Manager Debra Smith, who will be a staff liaison to the group.

The committee will draft policies that the council would abide by and present them to the full council for approval. Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said one possible policy would give some structure to the council's current practice of giving donations to nonprofit groups and organizations.

Wetzel has advocated for that committee to be formed.

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