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Boonsboro Town Council briefs - May 4

May 03, 2011

Boonboro keeps tax rate

Boonsboro Town Council members decided Monday night to maintain their constant tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year.

The town will maintain a tax rate of .3223 per $100 of assessed value, town officials said.

The rate is applied to residential property in town, Town Manager Debra Smith said.



Police buying a new cruiser

The Boonsboro Police Department is preparing to buy a new police cruiser that will cost about $28,000, town officials said at a Boonsboro Town Council meeting Monday night.

The car is being obtained through a state bid and would have cost the town about $41,000 if purchased retail,  Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said.

The vehicle will cost about $35,000 after equipment is added, Town Manager Debra Smith said.

The new car will replace a 2002 vehicle, which will be used as a spare, Smith said.



Stops signs installed on Park Drive

The town has installed three-way stop signs on Park Drive in Shafer Park but crosswalks cannot be installed, Boonsboro Town Council member Janeen Solberg said.

Crosswalks have been considered for Park Drive but Solberg said Monday night during a Boonsboro Town Council meeting that crosswalks cannot be installed on the road because there are no sidewalks.

Solberg said she was disappointed because she felt crosswalks would slow down traffic.

Council members have been considering traffic-calming measures to address speeding complaints along Park Drive.



Town tests sewage connections

Boonsboro town officials said there is a problem with sump pumps, downspouts and basement drains from homes in town being connected to the town's sewage system.

The practice is prohibited because the town has to process more water in its sewage plant due to the excess drainage into the system, Town Manager Debra Smith said.

Smith said during a Boonsboro Town Council meeting Monday night that the town is planning to do smoke tests this month to determine homes that have sump pumps, downspouts and basement drains connected to the town's sewage system.

In the test, smoke will be pumped into the town's sewage system. In some cases, the town will be able to tell which homes are connected to the sewage system because smoke will appear around them, Smith said.

"Disconnect now because those areas will be made known once we do the test," Smith said.

Smith said the smoke tests will be staggered during the month, and residents will be notified about the tests.


— Dave McMillion

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