BOONSBORO —Officials from Washington County and the town of Boonsboro on Tuesday night starting looking at ways of how they can work together to resolve an old problem of water runoff in the Lakin Avenue area.
The Washington County Board of Commissioners met with Boonsboro Town Council members and Mayor Charles F. “Skip” Kauffman Jr. at the Eugene C. Smith Community Center to talk about Lakin Avenue runoff and other issues in Boonsboro.
County Administrator Greg Murray discussed the installation of walls to divert water in the Lakin Avenue area into existing drainage lines.
Murray also suggested monitoring the drainage lines and making sure they are clear so they can divert water properly.
Boonsboro Town Manager Debra Smith said there has been emphasis on keeping the drainage lines clear. Murray said runoff from a private lane is also part of the problem and there was discussion about working with property owners along the lane to resolve the problem.
The county is looking at about four options for correcting the runoff and the two sides started focusing on the least expensive.
Murray told the commissioners that they will have to start looking for a source of money for the project.
Commissioner William B. McKinley asked Kauffman if the town would be willing to help with ongoing maintenance in the Lakin Avenue area if the county took on a project to correct the problem.
Kauffman said he would talk to town council members about the issue.
“We’re going to have some progress there,” said Washington County Board of Commissioners President Terry Baker.
The water runoff on Lakin Avenue comes from a mountain area behind St. Paul Street. 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 and deteriorated sidewalks.