Boonsboro briefs

February 04, 2009

Boonsboro to move police department to house on Potomac Street

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council voted Monday to move the town's police department to a town-owned house on Potomac Street.

The department is now housed in the Eugene C. Smith Community Center building at 37 Park Drive, but Chief Jeff Hewett said the department had outgrown that space.

The Potomac Street property, known as the King farmhouse, is currently rented out to tenants, but they are planning to move, Town Manager Debra Smith said.

Preparing the property for police use will cost $4,000 to $5,000, which the department can pay with leftover funds in its communications budget, Hewett said.


Boonsboro Police to award $500 scholarship

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Police Department will award a $500 scholarship to a graduating Boonsboro High School senior this year with the proceeds from a calendar sale, Chief Jeff Hewett said.

First preference will go to students majoring in criminal justice, Hewett said. To qualify, applicants must be accepted into an accredited college and must meet other requirements described in the scholarship guidelines, he said.

Guidelines and applications are available at the Boonsboro High School guidance office or from the Boonsboro Police Department at 37 Park Drive. Applications must be received by the police department by May 1.

Questions about the scholarship may be directed to Hewett at 301-432-6838.

Zoning amendment would remove time limit for developing properties

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council introduced a zoning text amendment Monday that would change the town's zoning ordinance to remove a one-year time limit for developing properties annexed under the "general commercial" designation.

The amendment will go to the town's planning commission for review before coming back to the council for a vote.

Deadline looms for bids on 1991 F-650

BOONSBORO - The deadline for bids to buy Boonsboro's 1991 F-650 truck will be Feb. 11, Town Council members decided Monday. If the high bidder wants the truck immediately, the council will take a poll vote to accept the bid at that time. The truck will be most valuable while there is still a demand for snow plowing equipment, Town Manager Debra Smith said.

Bulky trash pickups scheduled

BOONSBORO - Bulk trash pick-up will take place this year on April 18 and Oct. 10, Boonsboro officials announced Monday. Both dates are Saturdays.

Green Fest set for May 9

BOONSBORO - A "Green Fest" is scheduled for May 9 in Shafer Park, Boonsboro Councilwoman Barbara Wetzel said Monday. The event is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., she said.

A fishing tournament will be held the same day, but it is earlier in the day and held at the opposite end of the park, so the events should not conflict, Councilman Richard E. Hawkins said.

Fireworks display scheduled for July 3

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Town Council decided Monday to set the date for this year's fireworks display in Shafer Park for July 3, with a rain date of July 5.

The dates will work out well because the town does not want to compete with the July 4 event at Antietam National Battlefield, council members said.

Boonsboro town Web site up and running

BOONSBORO - A new Web site for the town of Boonsboro is up and running, Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman said Monday. The address for the site is

Community members honored for their help after fire

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro officials presented a plaque on Monday honoring the community members who pitched in to help in the aftermath of a four-alarm fire in the first block of North Main Street a year ago this month.

"It just shows you how tight-knit our community is, that everyone pulls together and helps each other out," said Oley Griffith, Chief of the First Hose Co. of Boonsboro.

Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman said four people who were trapped by the fire might not have gotten out without such an alert response by the fire company and others who helped out.

"You people are the heroes of Feb. 22, 2008," Kauffman said.

- Heather Keels

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