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Trash contract, phone lease approved


Hampstead's new mayor and Town Council continued what has become a routinely busy pace this week, approving a new trash contract, a lease agreement with Cellular One and several new ordinances that have cost the town more than expected in legal fees.

Hampstead trash and recycling days will change slightly in July because of the town's contract with a new hauler, Frederick County Sanitation Inc., Mayor Christopher Nevin said at Tuesday night's council meeting.

Trash bins at condominium developments in the town will be emptied on Monday and Thursday, and Thursday will be the recycling day. The recycling day is a change from the past.

Curbside pickup for the rest of the town will be on Thursdays, for both trash and recycling, Mr. Nevin said.

Recycling will continue to include newspapers, glass and plastic bottles and metal cans. Yard waste continues as before with a Monday pickup by Browning Ferris Industries.

In other business, council members accepted a contract with Cellular One mobile telephone company to lease space on top of the water tower for antennas near North Carroll High School.

The antennas are small, look like stereo speakers and don't stick up, said Mr. Nevin.

"They aren't going to be an eyesore," he said.

The council voted 4-0 to accept the contract. Member Jacqueline Hyatt was absent because of a death in her family.

To lease the site for the antennas, Cellular One will pay the town $1,100 a month.

Should the town or Cellular One decide in five years not to renew the contract, the antennas can come down.

Because the town has consulted with its attorneys heavily over the past few months, the council has exceeded the $12,000 budgeted for legal expenses. The council voted to transfer $6,000 more toward the fees, taking the money from a surplus in the town's road-repair fund.

The 1995 fiscal year ends Friday.

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