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Boonsboro briefs

April 06, 2010

Residents asked to lobby against permanent highway funding cuts



A proposal to make permanent cuts in state highway-user revenue to municipalities sparked feelings of desperation during a Boonsboro Town Council meeting Monday night.

Cuts in state highway-user revenue have already hit local towns but Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said Monday night that the state Senate has passed a proposal to make the cuts permanent.

The proposal is currently pending in the House of Delegates and Kauffman pleaded for anyone to lobby against the proposal.

Kauffman said the town used to get $160,000 in state highway user revenue but the funding would be permanently reduced to $16,000 if the funding cut proposal is passed in the General Assembly.

"If anybody has any connections, please contact (Del.) Chris Shank (R-Washington) or anybody else you know," Kauffman said.

Kauffman lamented how the town is already dealing with funding cuts, including Washington County's government's plan to eliminate its tax rebate or setoff, in which the county returns money to municipalities each year for overlapping services.

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Boonsboro area resident suggests town start a farmers market



A Boonsboro area resident is suggesting that Boonsboro offer a farmers market where local growers can sell produce.

Brooke Fransen, who lives on Old National Pike, proposed the idea and is looking for input from town residents, officials said at a Boonsboro Town Council meeting Monday night.

There has been mention of having a farmers market in Shafer Memorial Park, but there have been no official discussions of the idea, said town manager Debra Smith.

Town Council member Barbara Wetzel said the Washington County Agricultural Education Center could probably offer advice that would help organizers of a farmers market avoid common pitfalls.

Boonsboro to accept ownership of pond in Crestview housing development



Boonsboro Town Council members Monday night agreed to accept ownership of a storm water management pond in the Crestview housing development which had a sinkhole in it.

Before the town took ownership of the pond, town officials wanted to make sure the problem with the sinkhole had been corrected, said town manager Debra Smith.

The work on the pond in the development off Potomac Street has been completed, Smith said.

Boonsboro Town Council to register pond near library with DNR



Boonsboro Town Council members decided Monday night to have a new fishing pond behind the Boonsboro branch of the Washington County Free Library registered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Having the pond registered by the DNR means the state agency will stock the pond for free and do maintenance like removal of excess algae, town officials said.

The pond will also be listed in the DNR's list of fishing areas.

Council members also decided that only visually impaired people, people under 16 years old and people over 65 years old would be allowed to fish in the pond, which is in the new addition of Shafer Memorial Park.

The town implemented the age restrictions because the pond is limited in size, and it would be hard to keep up demand for the facility if it was open to everyone, said town manager Debra Smith.

50 American chestnut trees to be planted in Shafer Memorial Park



Shafer Memorial Park will become part an effort to revive the American Chestnut tree, which was wiped due to a blight disease.

Boonsboro Town Council members Monday night agreed to allow the Maryland Department of Forestry to plant 50 American chestnut trees across from a fishing pond in the new addition to Shafer Memorial Park. The trees will be used to cross that variety of chestnut tree with Japanese and Chinese chestnut trees to develop a blight-resistant tree.

Town officials said the tree research project would be a good place to establish trails and offer the site as a place for school field trips.

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