Board of County Commissioners Actions: Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Board of County Commissioners Actions
Tuesday, December 4, 2007

MAYOR AND COUNCIL ISSUES
Boonsboro Mayor Skip Kauffman reported on taking legislative proposals to the Maryland Municipal League County Chapter last week that included a request for speed monitoring systems for the Town. The new library branch is 97% complete, Kauffman reported, and thanked the County for its support of the project and for Program Open Sp-ace (POS) funds for park development over the years. Public transportation for the town remains an issue, Kauffman said.
Councilman Rich Hawkins discussed the need for additional recreational facilities for the Town, and said that use of the school complex playing fields is being restricted. The town is becoming a hub for area recreation programs, and additional POS money for those recreational needs was requested. A citizen task force is studying recycling in the Town, Hawkins said, and is conducting a door-to-door survey.

CITIZENS PARTICIPATION
Each week the Board of County Commissioners sets aside time to hear from citizens of Washington County on matters of importance to the community.
Janeen Solberg, Chair of the citizens' recycling task force reported on that committee's efforts to revitalize recycling in the Town. County Recycling Coordinator Harvey Hoch has been working closely with the committee, Solberg said, and the next step is to find a suitable location for the recycling bins in the Town. The survey has shown a demand for curbside recycling, she said.
Tom Berry of Rohrersville commented on the need for additional hangars at the airport so that more planes could be housed there, and on the Charter Home Rule Board decision not to publish a minority report, as he had requested.
Brian McMurtrie of Scenic View Court discussed the Town water line project, and stated that many of his neighbors in that development just outside Boonsboro did not want the water service, citing expensive individual water treatment systems installed in the homes there. Discussion took place on the state mandate to extend water service to the area given contamination of wells. Councilman Hawkins stated that the Health Department had not performed proper testing on all wells in the area.