Hampstead moves against housing developer Sediment pond declared nuisance; 3-day deadline given for corrections


Hampstead officials said Tuesday night that the sediment control pond at North Carroll Farms Section IV is a nuisance and gave the developer three days to correct it.

If the problem is not corrected by tomorrow, the town will fix it

and require developer Martin K. P. Hill of Manchester to pay for it, officials said.

"It's been a very dry summer," said Hampstead Mayor Christopher M. Nevin, noting the pond has overflowed at least three times since July. "If it's overflowing with the amount of storms we've had, that facility is not handling what it's supposed to."

Town and Carroll County officials have been working with Mr. Hill for several months to remedy the situation, Mayor Nevin said. But after the overflow came within 3 inches of a town wellhead last weekend, officials decided to take stronger action, he said.

Had runoff from the pond covered the wellhead, water could have entered the well and contaminated it, town officials said. The well is among the most productive in town.

Mr. Hill was unavailable for comment yesterday.

"This is not a 100-year storm here," said Michelle M. Ostrander, a Westminster attorney handling Hampstead's dealings with North Carroll Farms, a housing development approved in 1994. "We have just an average heavy rain causing problems at that site."

County inspectors, who are responsible for making sure all storm water facilities are adequate, haven't been much help, Mayor Nevin said.

County government spokeswoman Cindy Parr said inspectors were at the site yesterday.

Ms. Parr said that C. J. Miller, a Hampstead paving and grading contractor, was replacing storm drains on the property to improve water flow.

The work should be completed by the end of this week, she said.

Mayor Nevin and Ms. Ostrander said fixing the problem was all the town wanted in the first place.

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