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                21 N Main St   Boonsboro MD 21713    301-432-5141
                 E-mail: [email protected]   Spring 2005



Main Street Maryland Program

The Boonsboro Mayor and Council adopted a Resolution at their March 7th council meeting to submit an application to the State to become a designated Main Street Maryland community by making a commitment to provide financial support and employ a Main Street program manager for  period of three years.  Assistant Town Manager Debra Smith will assume this role for at least the first year of the program to establish and organize the "start-up" phase.

The goal of this program is to strengthen the economic potential of Maryland main streets and neighborhoods by improving the economy, the appearance, and the image of the traditional downtown business districts by providing specialized training, on-site visits, and education of how to utilize state and federal programs.

The program follows a four-point approach to downtown revitalization that is comprised of volunteers from both the public and private sector that will accomplish goals established within each of the four areas including: organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring.

There are sixteen designated Main Street communities in Maryland, but only four are expected to be approved from the competitive process for designation in May 2005.  Public participation and support benefits you and the future of our community.

To follow the progress of the Town's revitalization efforts or to learn more about how you can get involved, consider attending the monthly meetings at the Eugene C. Smith Community Center in Shafer Park.  The Mayor and Council meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and the Economic Development Commission on the second Monday of each month at 7:15 p.m.

Park Garden Club

Volunteers are still needed to help plan and design new gardens for Shafer Park.  Park Board member Mike Good, is heading this project.  Please contact the Town Office to leave your name and phone number.


The Boonsboro Municipal Utilities Commission has been busy planning for a major upgrade in the wastewater treatment facility off of Monroe Road.  The current facility has reached its design capacity as well as it will no longer be capable of meeting the new nutrients reduction standards with which Maryland is required to comply under the Bay Restoration Agreement.

The BMUC has been working with the Maryland Department of the Environment to help with a new plant design that will meet all new requirements as well as increase in capacity.  The State has given the approval for a complete design and the town hopes to have construction completed by July 2007.  The 'Flush Tax' (Bay Restoration Fund) that was approved by the legislature last year will be the largest source of funding along with federal assistance.

The Commission has recently approved a 5-year Capital Improvement Plan for Wastewater and will also develop a similar plan for water.  In addition, the Commission approved new Water and Sewer Standards for all new utility installations and improvements.  Other than Hagerstown, Boonsboro is the only other town that has its own standard in the county.  The Commission is also working with the State to designate two additional town-owned wells to be under 'Reserved Status' for future use.

Lions Club Membership Spring Drive

The Boonsboro Lions Club is seeking to enroll new members during this period.  This is a group that comes together and shares a common interest in community service, supporting the Lions motto "We Serve."

The service organization sponsors the local Boy Scout troop, supports several youth sports teams, loans medical equipment, provides assistance for the vision impaired, and awards scholarships to college bound youth.

If you are interested in joining or if you would like more information, please contact Nelson Baker at 301-432-5315.

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