Sykesville council adopts growth-control measure


SYKESVILLE -- The Town Council last night unanimously approved Small Town Planning Guidelines to help control growth after Councilman Eugene E. Johnson reversed his earlier "no" vote.

"I was uncomfortable with one point in the guidelines, because I thought it would deprive people of affordable housing," said Mr. Johnson, who was the council's lone holdout in a 3-1 vote Sept. 14.

Four votes were needed to adopt the guidelines.

"I have reread the proposal carefully and have been re-advised," Mr. Johnson said last night. "I now have no problem" with the guidelines.

Without further discussion, the council voted, 6-0, to accept the guidelines that town planners will use when considering plans for new residential developments.

In other business, Town Manager James L. Schumacher told U.S. Postal Service officials, who want to move the Sandosky Road post office, that the town is "vehemently opposed to our postal facility going out of town." He said the town has complained to local and federal officials, including the Postmaster General.

Postmaster T.J. Tallent told the council that the Sandosky Road facility is "inadequate, there's no parking and tractor-trailers [which deliver mail] can't get in."

In addition, he said, census statistics say that only 13.5 percent of the 21784 zip code population lives in the town, and growth projections show that figure will drop below 12 percent by the year 2000.

In June, postal officials advertised for bids on a new site but a federal moratorium has halted the process, said John Quinn, of the Postal Service's real estate office.

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