Boonsboro briefs

August 03, 2010

Boonsboro to request bids on town hall moisture problem

BOONSBORO --The Boonsboro Town Council voted unanimously Monday to undergo a complete bid process for a solution to a moisture problem at the Town Hall and former library building.

The problem is apparently due to seepage through the library's basement walls and has spread to Town Hall, Town Manager Debra A. Smith said. Preliminary analysis shows that the structure remains safe despite the problem, she said.

Two companies provided quotes to the town, both for more than $25,000, Smith said. The council agreed to advertise the project and complete a formal bid process in hopes of getting a better price.

The council also voted to seek bids for a security camera system for the police station and Town Hall, but said more work was needed to identify the type of system desired.


Notification system being considered to alert town residents to problems

BOONSBORO -- Boonsboro officials are considering instituting an automated emergency notification system to alert residents to problems such as water line breaks, sewer backups and power outages.

Town Manager Debra A. Smith said Monday she had gotten two price estimates for automated notification systems. AlertNow, which is used by the Washington County Board of Education, would cost the town $4,480 per year, while Global Connect, which is used by the town of Middletown, Md., would cost $710.50 per year, Smith said.

Town Council member Barbara Wetzel suggested Nixle's Municipal Wire service, which she said was a free way to connect with residents over cell phone, e-mail and the Web.

The council made no decision on the matter Monday, but Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said he thought a notification service was a good idea.

Park group gets nod from town council

BOONSBORO -- The Boonsboro Town Council voted unanimously Monday to support the creation of a "Friends of Shafer Park" group to raise funds for projects at the park.

In particular, the town needs funds to develop 45 acres of additional space that have been added to the park in recent years, Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said.

State funding helped pay for the first phase of developing those lands, but more work remains, he said.

"POS (Program Open Space) funds are drying up and I think it's time now that we go out to the community and say, 'Look, we've got like four phases we want to do with this park and we need help,'" Kauffman said.

The council agreed that the group should seek 501(c)(3) status and its membership should be not be restricted to town residents, but should be open to anyone in the surrounding area.

Alleys to get names

BOONSBORO -- The Boonsboro Town Council voted unanimously Monday to name two alleys for public safety purposes.

The alley that runs from Young Avenue, crossing Potomac Street, to Alley 11 will be called Gantz Alley. At least part of that alley already has that name, but there is no sign, council members said.

The alley that runs from North Main Street beside Boonsboro Auto Parts will be named Gaines Place.

Forms for park use being prepared

BOONSBORO -- Boonsboro is working to prepare usage request forms for use of Shafer Memorial Park, Town Manager Debra A. Smith said Monday.

Smith asked that school and nonprofit organizations in the town interested in use of the park contact her at Town Hall to assist with preparation of a park usage report. Smith can be reached at 301-432-5141.

Town council hears request for wrestling club facility

BOONSBORO -- The Boonsboro Town Council heard a request Monday night to donate land for a wrestling club practice facility near Boonsboro High School.

Joe Minoglio, a coach for the Boonsboro Warrior Mat Club, a nonprofit wrestling organization, said the club had been practicing in Boonsboro Middle School's gymnasium, but the space there was too small.

Minoglio said his group would like to put up a 60-by-190-foot steel building on a parcel currently owned by the town, across from the high school baseball field.

The building would be used for practice, not meets, and could meet its parking needs with the on-street spaces available, he said.

No decision was made on the request Monday.

Service awards of recognition presented

BOONSBORO -- The Boonsboro Town Council presented awards to four people Monday in recognition of their service to the town.

The awards recognized longtime election volunteers Virginia and Jerry Strailman, former councilman Richard E. Hawkins Sr.,and newly retired town superintendent Robert L. Mose. Mose retired June 30 after 22 years with the town.

Measure to modify subdivision ordinance approved

BOONSBORO -- The Boonsboro Town Council voted unanimously Monday to approve an ordinance establishing requirements and procedures for the design and construction of streets within the town.

The ordinance modifies the town's Land Subdivision Ordinance to add distinctions between local streets, minor collectors and major collectors, and adds diagrams showing design requirements for various types of roads and for sidewalks, curbs and gutters.

-- Heather Keels

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