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Sykesville council approves new appointments


The Sykesville Town Council last night approved the appointments of four new members to fill vacancies on its seven-member Planning Commission.

"We have three vacancies now and one member who would like to serve as an alternate," said Councilman Jonathan Herman, who became chairman of the volunteer commission last week with the resignation of Dennis Karr.

Mayor Kenneth W. Clark said he is pleased with the "good cross section of people we will have working for the town."

Town Manager James L. Schumacher will send appointment notification letters to the new members -- Catherine Anderson, Leo Fiander, Joel Sokol and Carolyn Adams.

"We will bring these people up to date on current developments at the Jan. 3 meeting," Mr. Herman said.

Also last night:

* Mr. Schumacher said he has received several complaints about water problems on Spout Hill Road. In June, the county agreed to repair the road, which connects Third Avenue to Main Street, if the town would then assume responsibility for any future maintenance.

The mayor said he had referred a letter from the county commissioners to the town attorney.

"We are just trying to get the legal documents nailed down," the mayor said. "I noticed that it [a county pipe under the road ] has started to leak again at a key spot in the curve and that it is icing up."

* The council reviewed a consultant's study for improvements to the municipal computer system. John Foertschbeck of Information Procession Specialists, called the 5-year-old equipment "seriously outdated."

"We are asking vendors to offer proposals to update your system and giving them maximum flexibility in making those proposals," said Mr. Foertschbeck. "The town can reject or accept any item in the bids."

Mr. Schumacher said he would have the requests for proposals in the mail Thursday. He said he expects about 10 vendors to bid.

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