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Boonsboro officials prepare for meeting with county

August 03, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

BOONSBORO -- Public transportation and recycling are among the issues Boonsboro Town Council members plan to discuss with the Washington County Commissioners when the two governments sit down together Aug. 25 in Boonsboro.

The commissioners will meet with Boonsboro officials to discuss issues of interest to them and town council members

During Monday night's regular town council meeting, Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said public transportation should be one of the issues discussed during the joint meeting.

A proposal has been made to extend County Commuter bus service to Boonsboro, which Kauffman supports.

He said he has been talking to the county commissioners for years about increasing public transportation to the Boonsboro area and that increased population growth in Boonsboro demands it.

The expanded bus service proposal, as well as other others, was put forth by LSC Transportation Consultants Inc., which plans to present the public's feedback on the issue to a technical group for further study.

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In regard to recycling, Boonsboro officials believe the county needs to take the lead on the issue, Boonsboro Town Manager Debra Smith said after Monday night's meeting.

Boonsboro-area residents pushed for curbside recycling during a public meeting in May and described the county's recycling efforts as being in the "Dark Ages."

Kauffman also said Monday night that park facilities in the town are important for the southern portion of Washington County.

The town is in the process of developing new recreational attractions on land around the Boonsboro Library, one of the most expensive being an indoor pool.

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