Sykesville will apply again for state help to improve its downtown area.
The Town Council approved a $10,000 grant application that requires it to make a matching contribution.
"The town has to match 50 percent of the application, some of which we can match with municipal staff time," Town Manager James L. Schumacher told the council last night.
Total costs for the improvement project would be $21,600, he said. The project will include signs to direct visitors to town from Route 32 and improvements to a recently acquired Pullman car, which will house a $10,000 model train display.
Mr. Schumacher said he hopes a local model railroad club will also contribute to the project.
Also last night, the council held its first meeting under its revised charter. Most notable among the charter changes is the voting power of the mayor.
"Now, the mayor gets to vote and put motions on the floor," said Mayor Kenneth W. Clark.
The council held a public hearing on the revisions, but no residents spoke against it.
"We have had no petition for referendum and have sent a certified copy to the Department of Legislative Record in the Circuit Court for Carroll County," Mr. Schumacher said. "It's official."
Mr. Clark said he wanted to acknowledge "the great energy" involved in the charter writing. He also sent a copy to former Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr., who presided over much of the revision work.
Council members last night approved a lease with the state for the Gatehouse for a $1 a year. The mayor signed the lease after the meeting.
The Historic District Commission hopes to renovate the building at the north end of town as a museum and meeting site. Commission members, with help from the town manager, plan to apply for a state grant to help with the project.
"I suggest we do as little as possible with the building until we get funding," said Councilman Jonathan Herman. "The smoke detector is on and we will monitor it closely now that it is our baby."