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Boonsboro mayor reports on state of the town

February 10, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO — Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. “Skip” Kauffman Jr. issued an annual report looking back on the year 2012 during a regular Boonsboro Town Council meeting last week.

Among the issues that Kauffman touched on Feb. 4 is the town’s debt for its wastewater treatment plant. The plant cost $11.6 million and the total debt stands at $7.9 million.

Kauffman said the plan was for the plant to be funded by new development, but there was no development in the town in 2012.

The town did pay off a water-filtration project loan five years early, Kauffman said. In past years, the debt for the loan showed up on residents’ water and sewer bills in the form of a $19 quarterly charge, Kauffman said.

Also during 2012, the town started curbside recycling and local author Nora Roberts released her third novel in a trilogy about her Inn BoonsBoro On The Square.

“That trilogy has been great for downtown tourism,” Kauffman said.

An organization known as Friends of Shafer Park was formed in 2012 to raise funds for expansions to the park, Kauffman said.

Kauffman said 4 to 6 acres of new recreation areas are planned for the park.

“I’m sure during my (time) on Earth, I will not see the whole thing developed. But you young people, hopefully there will be a day,” said Kauffman, referring to young people seated in the audience.

Kauffman said the park currently encompasses 11 acres.

A bay-restoration fee went from $7.50 a quarter to $15 a quarter during 2012, he said.

The money goes to the state to fund the 66 largest wastewater treatment plants in the state, Kauffman said. Boonsboro’s wastewater treatment plant just missed getting on the list of 66 plants.

Kauffman said it is important that Boonsboro get some of that money to help pay off its wastewater treatment plant debt.

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