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Boonsboro briefs

June 01, 2009

Boonsboro senior receives first town police department scholarship

BOONSBORO -- A Boonsboro High School senior has received the first Boonsboro Police Department Public Safety scholarship.

Police Chief Jeff Hewett said Monday he hopes the $500 scholarship will become an annual gift.

Luke Michael is graduating from Boonsboro High on Friday with a 3.8 GPA -- making him 13th in the class of 234, Hewett told the town council.

Luke will be studying criminal justice at Hagerstown Community College and working part time.

Boonsboro budgets approved

BOONSBORO -- The Boonsboro Town Council voted Monday to approve a fiscal year 2010 general fund budget of $1,655,275 -- nearly $66,000 less than in 2009.

The vote was unanimous.

Town Manager Debra Smith credited the decrease in the town's general fund budget to the country's economic recession. She said the town eliminated all capital projects and cut funding for planning and zoning because there is no new building planned in town.

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Councilwoman Barbara Wetzel questioned whether there was anything in the budget that would allow for a curbside recycling service in town. Funds for sanitation increased from $70,500 in the last fiscal year to $71,500 in fiscal year 2010, according to the town's general fund operating budget approved Monday.

However, Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said the town's sanitation fees only cover costs associated with trash pick-up.

Town officials plan to consider bids for curbside recycling in town.

"If there's nothing in the budget or contemplated in the budget, it doesn't sound like we're serious about it," Wetzel said.

"At this time, we're just concerned with covering our expenses for twice-a-week trash pick-up," Kauffman said.

The town council also voted unanimously Monday to approve is fiscal year 2010 water fund operating budget ($360,000) and its fiscal year 2010 sewer fund operating budget ($534,351).

Waterline extension project to start this month

BOONSBORO -- A waterline expansion project soon will bring Boonsboro town water to an area just outside of town that has been affected by contaminated water.

Boonsboro Town Council voted Monday to proceed with a more than $900,000 construction project to expand town water service to 62 homes and businesses along Alternate U.S. 40, Scenic View Court and Mill Point Road. The vote was unanimous.

Construction is expected to begin by June 15.

The project will be paid for primarily through a $677,500 state grant, said Councilman Kevin M. Chambers. The council also voted Monday to accept a $300,000 loan from the state.

Chambers said the loan will be paid back out of money received from the 62 new connectors at a rate of 1 percent interest over the next 20 years.

-- Erin Cunningham

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