The Taneytown City Council last night unanimously rejected an ordinance to limit the number of pets residents can own, and decided to consider a proposal from several county agencies to convert the vacant bank building across from City Hall on East Baltimore Street into a multipurpose community center.
The council spurned a proposal to limit residents to three pets and adopted the county's 1980 pet control ordinance and any amendments made to it since then, said City Attorney Thomas F. Stansfield.
County law restricts the number of pets depending on the size of a lot.
Resident Gail Good -- who had protested the proposed three-pet limit because she and her husband, Dee Wilson, keep seven cats and a dog in their York Street house -- arrived at the meeting after the vote, smiled upon hearing of the outcome, and said, "That's good."
In other matters, Jolene Sullivan, director of Carroll County Department of Citizens Services, told the City Council that the old bank building could act as a satellite office for youth services, the health department and social services as well as a tourist center and Chamber of Commerce information site.
"For the last five years, I have been involved in several meetings where it has been said that there is a need for such a building," Mrs. Sullivan said. "When I heard about this building being donated to the city, I thought it was an omen."
The bank building and the adjacent vacant pharmacy building, both in need of repairs, were donated to the city several months ago by the Taneytown Bank and Trust Co.
The city accepted the buildings hoping to find someone willing to renovate and use the space, perhaps for a municipal tourist center.
The City Council voted to give the delegation 60 days to work out its proposal, including locating possible funding.
E9 Councilman Thomas J. Denike voted against the motion.