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Carroll commissioners approve spending for asphalt paving, Union Mills Homestead roof

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved two spending packages, totaling $5.3 million, for asphalt paving and for roof replacements at the Union Mills Homestead.

The bulk of the approved spending was for asphalt paving. The commissioners approved a contract of $4,916,650.40 to Timonium-based Gray & Son Inc., for 27 paving projects around the county.


The project will consist of reclaiming existing pavement, constructing driveway tie-ins, adjusting inlets, replacing inlets, improving sidewalks for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and stabilizing disturbed areas, according to a briefing document provided to the board.

The commissioners present at the weekly meeting — Stephen Wantz, R-District 1; Dennis Frazier, R-District 3; and Eric Bouchat, R-District 4 — voted 3-0 to approve the paving spending package. Commissioners Richard Weaver, R-District 2, and Ed Rothstein, R-District 5, attended the Drug and Violence Expo on Thursday morning, but were present for Thursday afternoon’s budget workshop.


The board also approved a contract that is not to exceed $434,096.73 with Heavy Timber Construction Inc., based in Thurmont, to replace multiple roofs at the Union Mills Homestead, a museum of American culture, according to its website.

Heavy Timber was the only company to bid on the project, but the company’s bid was within about $1,000 of the county’s estimate, Building Construction Bureau Chief Eric Burdine told the commissioners. Roofs on four buildings of the Union Mills property will be replaced, using thicker shingles that are “a little better product,” Burdine said.

Every material used in the renovation — “down to the nails,” Burdine said — had to be approved by the Maryland Historic Trust. Because Heavy Timber has previously done work at the Homestead, he said he felt comfortable the company would be able to work within the historic trust’s guidelines. He also noted that a state grant for $100,000 would lessen the actual cost to the county.

Bouchat said he had taken a tour of the Homestead — built in 1797 and home to the Shriver family for six generations — and marveled at the old-world craftsmanship.

“I just want people to realize this isn’t a typical roofer job — this is authentic, historical work to reflect what was originally installed on the house, so this is very [much] specialty work,” Bouchat said.

Burdine said the renovations would be done working around the Homestead’s schedule of events and would probably extend into next year.

The commissioners again voted 3-0.

Both expenditures were already within the adopted budget for the current fiscal year, and neither required additional funding.


The board also approved motions to retain a contractor to mow certain fields throughout the county and accept a grant award for the Homelessness Solutions Program.

The budget process for fiscal year 2020 is ongoing. A work session is scheduled for April 23, with the commissioners’ proposed budget set to be released April 30.