Taneytown City Council to discuss budget today; Increasing salaries, sewer-work dust on agenda


Because of low unemployment rates, officials in Taneytown are looking at how to increase starting salaries for city workers -- without raising local taxes.

Like other small communities, Taneytown is having trouble filling municipal jobs, in particular finding replacements for police officers and a wastewater treatment plant staff member who resigned.

"It's an employee's world out there," said Mayor Henry C. Heine Jr., who with the City Council and city manager will hold a second public meeting on the budget from 6: 30 p.m. today until the council's regular meeting begins at 7: 30 p.m. at City Hall.

The council will also hear again from residents of Trevanion Road who have asked the city to pay for power-washing the exterior of their homes.

Residents have been bothered by dust from the construction of new sewer and water mains. The new mains will extend water and sewer service to parts of the city earmarked for residential and commercial development, and will replace existing lines troubled by backups.

Residents first complained last month about problems with the contractor and construction project dust. After discussing the issue with the contractor, Heine said, the two parties agreed to end the contract once the work reaches a practical stopping point -- perhaps as early as today.

The city will look for a new contractor, which could delay the project by 90 days while the town solicits bids. Heine said that Trevanion residents are concerned about that delay.

As another remedy, the city began providing a street cleaner once a week to vacuum dust from the project. But some residents still want the power-washing.

Heine said he opposed the city offering washing because other Taneytown residents have endured construction dust for longer periods of time.

Residents of the Copperfield development have endured dust and construction for three years. When word spread that the Trevanion Road residents were asking to have their homes cleaned, residents from Copperfield called city officials to protest, Heine said.

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