Town considers changes in trash, recycling pickups
BOONSBORO — Boonsboro Town Council members are considering the possibility of increasing the frequency of the town’s curbside recycling service.
The town currently has twice-a-week trash pick-up and curbside recycling every other week.
The town is pondering having curbside recycling once a week and trash pick-up once a week.
The town’s current one-year trash contract with Allied Waste is up for renewal at the end of June, town officials said.
Council members decided during a regular town council meeting Monday night to seek bids from trash haulers for a new contract. Council members decided to seek bids on two types of service, one of which would keep the current set-up. Council members also decided to seek bids on once a week recycling and once a week trash pick-up.
Council member Barbara Wetzel said she thinks Boonsboro can save money by having trash pick-up only once a week. Council member Janeen Solberg said it a great opportunity to save money “and do the right thing.”
Curbside recycling started last July. Trash collection costs town residents about $15 a quarter.
Police vacancy filled
BOONSBORO — Boonsboro Town Council members Monday night approved hiring a school resource officer to fill a vacant position in the Boonsboro Police Department.
Martin Pitsnogle, who is a school resource officer at North Hagerstown High School, would fill the position created when Chuck Stanford moved from an officer’s position in the department to chief.
Stanford said Pitsnogle has worked for the Hagerstown Police Department, has been a firearms and taser instructor, has special response team experience, is a sniper expert and has worked on the Washington County Narcotics Task Force.
Council member Kevin Chambers raised a couple of concerns, one of which was that Pitsnogle’s pay was still being negotiated. Council members were told that Pitsnogle’s salary would be between $35,000 and $36,000.
Town officials said the reason Pitsnogle’s pay is still being negotiated is because he had not been formally hired as of Monday night.
Chambers said he believes council members should have a copy of Pitsnogle’s resume so they are knowledgeable about his background when residents ask about him.
Traffic problems on Cemetery Lane discussed
BOONSBORO — Concerns about traffic problems on narrow, two-way Cemetery Lane in Boonsboro were discussed during a Boonsboro Town Council meeting Monday night but there was no decision to make changes.
One of the problems with the lane is that cars turning onto it from Main Street are sometimes quickly met by cars traveling down the lane toward Main Street.
Council member Sean Haardt, who is a member of the council’s police and public safety committee, said there have been no accidents on the lane but there have been some “near misses.”