Recycling company wants a new contract
The Illinois company handling Carroll's recyclables has asked the county to renegotiate a contract it signed five months ago to help it pay for compliance with Maryland environmental regulations.
Waste Management of North America East, based in Oak Brook, Ill., must spend almost $1 million on its Finksburg plant to comply with state flood plain regulations, company spokesman Bill Plunkett said yesterday.
The company also wants to offer more services to the county, including trash hauling and transfer services, and is not trying to get out of providing services under the present five-year pact, he said.
Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Elmer C. Lippy said county staffers who met with company officials said they were told the company is losing money on the Carroll operation.
Four Carroll farms chosen for preservation
Four farms -- three in Taneytown and one in New Windsor -- are the first to be admitted into Carroll's critical farms agricultural preservation program.
Applicants had to have a contract on the property or to have bought it within the past year. The farms were rated on a point scale, giving higher priority to locations near other preserved land or those with high potential for development.
The county will buy easements for the properties at a total cost of $575,339, an average of $1,425 per acre, using money from the 75 percent share the county receives from the state agricultural transfer tax when farmland is sold for development.
Landowners -- who receive 75 percent of the easement value from the county -- must try to get their property into the state program within the next five years.
If they receive the full easement value from the state, they must repay the county fund.
The program allows one family to buy the 83.87-acre farm it has rented north of Taneytown since 1980 and allows another nearby couple to keep agricultural the farm where they have raised beef cattle since 1972.
One of the other two farms will increase one protected area to 3,000 acres, county officials said.