Council clears package for site; Measures intended to gain new developer of Farmers Supply land


The Westminster Common Council approved last night several measures that it hopes will secure a new developer for the old Farmers Supply Co. site.

The council approved an updated package of information that will be sent to potential partners for the site at Liberty and Green streets.

The city's former partner, Carroll County Bank & Trust Co., was planning to build a bank on the site but pulled out of the project last month when it was announced the bank would be acquired by BB&T; Corp. of North Carolina.

The council also approved a measure to hire, on an hourly basis, Overton & Ogburn Associates Inc., the Bladensburg company that designed the original plans.

"We want to retain their services to get through the next few months to evaluate proposals and give advice as far as a new development partner," said Thomas B. Beyard, the city's director of planning and public works.

On another matter, the council voted to settle long-standing disagreements with the county over funding of a repaving project and sewer extensions.

The county will pay $86,000 toward the $160,000 Lucabaugh Mill Road paving project. The city, with the help of an $18,000 state grant, will pay the balance.

The county has also agreed to pay for sewer extensions to 20 homes in the Cranberry area. The county had asked the city to honor a contract between them that had expired. The county has since agreed to a price of $53,500, which is $16,000 more than in the original agreement.

As part of the agreement, the council agreed to pay the county interest on a $50,000 grant that was intended for a parking garage at the Farmers Supply site.

The county commissioners said that because the Farmers Supply project is on hold, the county should be reimbursed for interest, an amount that is expected to equal $2,000 to $3,000.

In other business, the council:

Voted to change two parking meters at 11 E. Main St., home of a future satellite post office inside Giulianova Groceria, to 15-minute meters instead of the current two-hour meters.

Recognized the work of historian and genealogist George A. Billinglea, the chairman of a committee that spent two years sorting and collecting historic photographs and postcards that will be part of a permanent exhibit at City Hall. Committee members were Donald and Doris Sipes, Stewart Zendgraft, Kenneth and Ruby Armacost, Carl Twigg and Jay Graybeal. Cable Channel 3 will air a program on the photo project at 7 p.m. today.

Voted to reduce the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph on Uniontown Road from Route 31 to the city line and on Royer Road from Route 140 to Uniontown Road. Residents had complained of excessive speed.

Voted to add a solid white line on the edge of the left lane on westbound Uniontown Road from Route 31 to Royer Road to discourage cars from passing on the right; and add a three-way stop sign at Buck Cash and Daniel drives.

Recognized businesses and groups that gave to the Westminster Police Department in support of youth outreach programs. Awards went to Cranberry Mall, Carroll County Fraternal Order of Police, Kmart, Sons of the American Legion, Target and Prestige Cable.

Pub Date: 2/23/99

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