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Hampstead drops ordinance that regulated pool halls


Hampstead's public hearing on the repeal of a 92-year-old ordinance regulating pool parlors and shooting galleries drew no protests last night, and the law was dropped from the town code.

Also at the meeting, a Columbia developer proposed a $3.8 million restoration of the century-old, vacant Hampstead Elementary School.

James Forster, vice president of MSG Associates, presented a design for 45 apartments for senior citizens in both renovated space and a new addition to the two-story brick building on Main Street.

"The town has been critically interested in this building for quite some time," said Kenneth Decker, town manager.

He briefed officials on a state highway proposal for a roundabout at Lower Beckleysville and Black Rock roads. State engineers are expected to make a presentation on the roundabout at the council session next month. The proposed design is similar to a roundabout in Taneytown.

Lower Beckleysville and Black Rock roads are state highways with most of their intersection within town limits. Speeding and the frequency of accidents prompted the state's consideration of a roundabout, Decker said.

In other business, the town accepted a $24,061 bid from Crouse Ford, a town auto dealer, for a utility truck. The council awarded $149,486 for street paving and patching to White Pine Paving, a town contractor.

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