Water system levy voted for Bark Hill Road system


An article in yesterday's Carroll County edition incorrectly stated the cause of well contamination in the Bark Hill area. Wells were contaminated by failing septic systems in the Keyview Estates development.

The Sun regrets the error.

Carroll commissioners voted yesterday to levy a charge on Bark Hill Road homeowners to pay for a new community water system.

Homeowners will pay $1.19 per foot on the frontage of their properties annually to pay the principal and interest on the debt the county incurred to build the system.

The county paid about $305,000 to build the system, which will serve 52 homes. Wells in the area were contaminated by pollutants leaking from the closed Bark Hill Landfill.

The system's service area is located between Bark Hill and Middleburg roads on the west side of Raywell Avenue, near Francis Scott Key High.

Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Elmer C. Lippy voted on the fee. Commissioner Julia W. Gouge was on vacation yesterday.

County has option on farm easement

Carroll commissioners have an option to buy an easement on a 157-acre New Windsor farm to add to the county's "critical farms" program.

The land is owned by Eric F. and Faith M. Burall, who plan to move their dairy herd to the farm in the 1700 block of Greenwood Church Road. The Buralls now rent a farm in Frederick County.

The county plans to pay $201,163 for development rights easements on the farm. The payment is an interest-free loan extended to the farm owners while they apply to the state agricultural preservation program. The county pays 75 percent of the easement value of the land.

If approved, the Burall farm will be the fourth to be accepted into Carroll's critical farms program, which began last year, said William Powel, administration of the county's Agricultural Land Preservation Program. The other farms are in Taneytown and

New Windsor.

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