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Boonsboro faced tough times in 2010

January 03, 2011|By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO — Saying he has seen the “good, bad and the ugly,” Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. “Skip” Kauffman Jr. reflected on tough times in 2010 during a year-in-review address he made during a Boonsboro Town Council meeting Monday night.

Among the challenges faced by the town in 2010 was a decision by county government to take away a tax differential payment to the town in the amount of $120,000.

That hurt the town’s ability to provide services like police protection, Kauffman said.

Also, the town’s state highway-user revenue — which was used for road projects — was cut from $160,000 to $16,000, Kauffman said.

Council member Kevin Chambers also reviewed the past year, pointing out that 2010 was the first full year of operation for the town’s new $11 million sewer treatment plant.

The plant off Monroe Road was built for several reasons, including requirements for sewer treatment standards that help protect the Chesapeake Bay, plant officials said.

The plant also was needed because the town annexed 900 acres where future development is expected, plant officials said. If the planned development for the acreage comes to fruition, the town’s old lagoon system of treating sewage would not be able to accommodate it, plant officials said.

In the coming year, Chambers said he expects the town to work with several developers who want to coordinate their projects with the town’s water and sewer systems in a way that will result in improvements to the systems.

The developments will involve planned development along Alternate U.S. 40, Chambers said.

In his year in review, Kauffman also mentioned a drug bust in town that he said reflected on the town’s “zero tolerance” for substance abuse.

Kauffman also recognized people who served the town but stepped down in 2010, like former Town Council member Richard Hawkins, who served for 25 years.

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