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Boonsboro residents, officials complain about Lakin Avenue runoff

Commissioner says county would be willing to work with town on problem

September 01, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

Boonsboro residents and town officials expressed concerns this week about water runoff in the area of Lakin Avenue.

The issue surfaced during a meeting Tuesday night between the Boonsboro Town Council and the Washington County Board of Commissioners at the Eugene C. Smith Community Center.

The water runoff in that area, which has been an ongoing problem, comes from a mountain area behind St. Paul Street, according to Boonsboro Town Manager Debra Smith.

The mountain area is outside the town in the county.

Water has run into streets, including Orchard Drive and Lakin and Ford avenues, over the years, Smith said.

To help correct the situation, the Boonsboro council decided to install a storm drain on St. Paul Street between Orchard Drive and Ford Avenue, Smith said.

But there is still a problem on Lakin Avenue Extended that is within the county's jurisdiction, Smith said. During heavy rains, stone is washed from Lakin Avenue Extended onto Lakin Avenue, and that has resulted in sidewalk deterioration, Smith said.

Some residents cited their concerns about the problem Tuesday night, including Rick Byrd, who lives on St. Paul Road. Byrd said he sometimes wonders if his four-wheel drive truck will be able to get through the high water.

County Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham said Wednesday that people in the Lakin Avenue area are facing a situation that is "just awful."

Callaham said she believes the county would be willing to work with the town on the problem, but she was not sure where the money to fix it would come from.

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