Boonsboro Town Council briefs

October 04, 2011

High Street residents complain about speeding

BOONSBORO — Two residents who live on High Street complained to Boonsboro Town Council members Monday night about speeding in that area.

High Street resident Tim Roberts said speeding is a problem during rush hours in the morning and afternoon.

Roberts said the problem is particularly troubling since children often walk along the road and people jog on it.

Another High Street resident sitting next to Roberts said there also has been a problem with people siphoning gas out of vehicles along High Street.

Council member Janeen Solberg, who handles public safety issues, said the town would look into the concerns.

Town to allow civic organizations to post welcome signs

BOONSBORO — Boonsboro Town Council members Monday night considered whether to allow civic organizations in town to post signs on the town signs that welcome motorists into Boonsboro.

Other towns like Funkstown and Smithsburg allow civic organizations to do so, officials said at Monday's meeting.

Council member Janeen Solberg spoke favorably about the idea and said the town "should be glad" to have non-profit groups that work for various causes.

The council members voted to allow the signs.


Motion approved to annex 14.97 acres of land

BOONSBORO — A proposal has been made to annex 14.97 acres of land in the north end of Boonsboro near Boonsboro Ambulance and Rescue, Town Planner Megan Clark said at a Boonsboro Town Council meeting Monday night.

The property is owned by Walter McKinney, who wants to proceed with residential development on the land, Clark said. Annexing the land will make it more convenient for McKinney to get utilities for the land, Clark said.

The first part of the annexation process is introducing a resolution explaining its boundaries. On Monday night, Council man Kevin Chambers made a motion to introduce a resolution for the annexation.

The motion was approved.

A public hearing on the annexation will be held before the council votes on it, Clark said.

Deed research needed to continue water runoff study

BOONSBORO — Washington County officials are continuing to study water runoff in the area of Lakin Avenue, Boonsboro Town Manager Debra Smith said.

Smith said  County Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III stated that county officials are trying to determine which land in the problem area is in the county and which is in the city, Smith said.

Kroboth said the county will have to do some deed research to get its questions answered, Smith said.

The issue, which came up during a Boonsboro Town Council meeting Monday night, was discussed last month in a meeting between the Washington County Board of Commissioners and council members.

The water runoff in that area, which has been an ongoing problem, comes from a mountain area behind St. Paul Street, Smith said.

The mountain area is outside the town in the county.

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

Equipment ordered to prevent ice slides at library

BOONSBORO — Plans are under way to address concerns about large amounts of ice sliding off the Boonsboro Free Library during the winter.

There has been concern that the ice sliding off the front of the library might hit someone.

There are plans to install a ice- and snow-melting system on the roof of the building so large slabs of ice will not form, Boonsboro Town Manager Debra Smith said.

The issue came up during a Boonsboro Town Council meeting Monday night.

The equipment has been ordered and it probably will be installed within the next month, Smith said.

Smith said she did know how much the system will cost, but it will be paid for by the county.

Town manager to meet with First Energy representative

BOONSBORO — Boonsboro Town Manager Debra Smith said she plans to meet with a First Energy representative Thursday to talk about power interruptions.

The interruptions have been affecting operations at the town's water and sewer treatment facilities, Smith said.

Smith said the two plants have sensitive pump systems and the power interruptions interfere with the way they operate.

There have not been any residential power outages, Smith said.

The issue came up during a Boonsboro Town Council meeting Monday night.

— Dave McMillion

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