More space requestedHuman Services Programs, a county...


More space requested

Human Services Programs, a county non-profit, private aid agency, has requested from the county most of the space on the first floor of the Barrel House on Distillery Drive.

HSP, which grew out of the emergency services section of the county Department of Social Services and currently occupies a section of that office, will be moving into some of Carroll County Food Sunday's space.

They have been asked to vacate that space for the growing Department of Social Services.

Open space discussed

County Commissioner President Donald I. Dell wants the commissioners, not the county Planning and Zoning Commission, to decide whether the county will accept ownership of open space in certain subdivisions.

When residential lots are clustered in the conservation district, the open space created can be owned and maintained by the homeowners or offered to the county. The county sometimes accepts land for reservoirs or other public projects, environmental protection, parks or recreation areas, and preservation of wildlife corridors or trail systems.

The planning commission currently decides whether the county will accept ownership during the subdivision review process.

"If the commissioners are to be obligated for maintenance costs, they should be responsible for deciding," Dell told Department of Planning officials Monday. "If we own it, we should have control."

Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy agreed.

The commissioners also assume liability if the county owns the open space.

Phoenix refuses papers

SYKESVILLE -- Town officials were told Monday that Phoenix Recycling would no longer accept their newspapers.

"Jim [Schumacher, town manager] was told, and we got the message that it was effective immediately," said town Public Works Director Randy Hughes.

The town has been taking its newspapers to the nearby Phoenix Recycling since the end of January, when its newspaper collection trailer was destroyed by fire, Hughes said.

"We will continue to take newspapers, but we will just have to find another market," said Joe Brighton, co-owner of Modern Junk and Salvage, which operates the Sykesville Recycling Center.

Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. was angry at the abrupt decision not to take the town's newspapers.

"It's a punitive action because we've been making such a fuss [about the county's mandatory recycling program]," Helt said. "We're going to stay with our own program."

Phoenix officials were not available for comment.

Town reviews contract


NEW WINDSOR -- The Town Council will review trash hauling contracts at its 7:30 p.m. session today.

Mayor James C. Carlisle said that five of the county's eight towns -- Hampstead, New Windsor, Taneytown, Union Bridge and Westminster -- met Tuesday to discuss a unified bid from Haden Trash Removal. The town will consider that bid and others from haulers who want to provide the service here.

In other business, the council will:

* Vote on the proposed budget.

* Review work on the sewer system.

* Discuss replacing the landmark water fountain, which was struck by a truck last week.

Bridge closed


HARNEY -- Motorists will have to detour around Starner's Dam Road Bridge over the Monocacy River until further notice.

"The bridge was closed due to failure of one of its wing walls," said Keith Kirschnick, county director of Public Works. "We are uncertain how long the repairs will take to complete at this time."

Carroll County Roads Operations is evaluating the damage to the bridge.

Planners deny approval


SYKESVILLE -- The Planning Commission Monday night refused to give preliminary plan approval to Boulder Hill Estates, saying there were no plans to approve.

Although it has been a month since the commission rejected a new infiltration storm water management system in favor of the traditional detention pond, Boulder Hill's engineer has not presented revised plans showing the pond design.

"There are no drawings and no detailed plans as yet," said commission chairman Dennis Karr. "We're being asked to approve something that doesn't exist."

The town attorney suggested in a letter that the developer, John Serra, may need county approval of the storm water system before the town can give its approval.

After passing a motion to deny preliminary plan approval, Karr told Serra that if he could have his plans, with comments from the county, to the commission by May 18, they could be acted upon June 1.

But engineer Dan Staley said he needed another week to draw up the plans before taking them to the county.

"If you want us to submit [town engineer] Bob Bond's plan, we have to go through the county review process with 13 agencies," Staley said. "If we're back here in July or August, that would be the soonest we could do it."

In other action, revised concept plans for Shannon Run were granted conditional approval for the subdivision's final 98 lots. The redesigned plan follows many ideas expressed in the commission's new Small Town Planning Guidelines.

Commission members asked the developer, David Thaler, to extend one street to connect with the existing Kalorama Road.

The planners said they liked the new plan, which clusters smaller homes closer to each other and the road.

The development features narrower streets connected in a grid pattern to provide parking space and allow residents to walk around the neighborhood.

Budget book available


WESTMINSTER -- Carroll County's 1993 Proposed Operating and Capital Budget Book is available for citizen review at all public library branches and the county Budget Office or Communications Office, County Office Building, 225 N. Center St.

The $118.1 million fiscal year 1993 operating budget would maintain the current $2.35 tax rate. Total funding would be increased by 2.5 percent from the present fiscal year budget of $115.2 million.

The county capital improvement program has been reduced by about $7 million, from $30.5 million to $23.6 million.

Spending for the Board of Education would be increased by 4.4 percent over the 1992 fiscal year. The board originally requested $56.7 million. Following state budget cuts, the board asked for additional money, primarily for transportation. The total proposed BOE budget is $58.8 million.

The public safety segment shows an 11.75 percent increase, mostly for the Resident Trooper Program, now paid for totally by the county.

General government spending would increase 12.2 percent. Insurance costs have increased significantly, while county agencies would lose 0.5 percent of their fiscal 1992 funding.

A variety of capital projects would be funded, some with a combination of county, state and federal money. Proposals include a new Westminster Senior Center, Mechanicsville Elementary School, county airport runway and a number of road improvements.

Money also has been allocated for a therapeutic recreation playground for disabled children, agricultural preservation, land acquisition, a second classroom building at Carroll Community College and three new or renovated elementary schools.

Citizens are encouraged to examine the proposed budget book. A public hearing on the budget will be at 7:30 p.m. May 14 at Westminster High School.

Citizen comments will be considered in formulating the final budget, to be set May 28, or 30 days in advance of becoming effective July 1.

Information: 857-2082.

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