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Boonsboro to discuss recycling, homestead exemption with county

September 07, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION

BOONSBORO -- A recycling service for the county, improvements to Monroe Road and the homestead exemption are among the issues the Boonsboro Town Council plans to discuss with the Washington County Commissioners on Sept. 28.

Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. asked council members during their regular meeting Tuesday night to come up with a list of issues they hope to discuss with the commissioners during the 7 p.m. meeting in the Eugene C. Smith Community Center in Shafer Park.

Town Council member Janeen Solberg suggested the council talk to the commissioners about the possibility of a county recycling service. County recycling service has been a long-standing issue, and during a meeting in Boonsboro last year about a 10-year solid waste plan for the county, people described recycling efforts in the county as being in the "Dark Ages" and "archaic."

Solberg said during Tuesday's meeting that the town has 15 containers to collect recyclable materials and about 95 bags of recyclables have been collected since April.

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Town Council member Cynthia Kauffman said the council should talk to the commissioners about having the county improve Monroe Road.

Monroe Road, which turns off Md. 34, is where a complex of Little League baseball fields and the town's sewage treatment plant are. Part of the road is narrow and poses safety dangers because it is difficult for two cars to pass on that section, Kauffman said.

Kauffman suggested the county move Monroe Road up on its priority list for improvements.

Council member Barbara Wetzel suggested county officials offer a briefing on the homestead exemption so people who are eligible for the tax break can understand the benefits of the program.

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