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Parking could become more restricted on Roundhouse Drive, if approved by Perryville commissioners

Roundhouse Drive could have more restricted parking if the Perryville Board of Town Commissioners approves a request discussed during Tuesday's work session.

The board received a request to extend no parking zones on Roundhouse Drive to include the area in front of new condominium building, Owens IV, for "safety reasons."

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Mayor Jim Eberhardt said he recalled that the condos didn't even exist when the board initially voted to restrict parking on the street and that is why "no parking" signs aren't in place. Town Administrator Denise Breder said she remembered the same.

Commissioner Michelle Linkey commented that the building isn't filled to capacity. Commissioner Michael Dawson said he believed the building was 75 percent filled with occupants, though neither he, nor anyone else on the board, was certain.

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Town Administrator Denise Breder gave an update on a request from Pilot Travel Center, off Route 222, for a monitoring well to be hooked up to the town's wastewater treatment plant. The original request was discussed during September's work session, during which Eberhardt expressed concerns about how this would affect the quality of Perryville's water.

Breder said she had met with representatives from the Maryland Department of the Environment's oil control program, who said there would be less of a danger of diesel run-off in water from the monitoring well than there would be from run-off from the roads because the water from the well goes through a carbon filtration system.

The water from the well "is what they want to discharge," Breder said, but continued that "it wouldn't hurt to put a requirement" into the contract, if the town decides to approve the request, that says the wells need to be skimmed of oil.

Commissioner Barbara Brown asked if Breder could get clarification on if the center does "siphon petroleum off the top."

"[Maryland Department of the Environment] is fine with the process they're using now," Breder responded, guessing that the center skims oil from the well.

The board will also need to consider whether to renew a contract with McGuirk Construction in Perryville, which has assisted with the town's snow removal, supplementing the department of public works, or to have a competitive bidding process to find a business for the task.

According to Breder, the company's rates will be $10 more an hour than the previous year. According to town documents, Perryville paid McGuirk $3,305 in fiscal year 2009, $14,422.50 in fiscal year 2010 and $9,157.50 in fiscal year 2011. There was significantly more snowfall in 2010 and 2011. Linkey read from a letter written by McGuirk that the company's rates had not risen in the years he worked for the town.

Dawson suggested the town have a bidding process rather than automatically renew the contract.

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In other business from Tuesday's work session:

Budgeted funds covering construction expenses for the new department of public works building, as well as engineering consultant services for water and wastewater, were not used during fiscal year 2011, so a budget amendment has been prepared to cover these projected expenses — $297,396 for the building construction and $15,600 for consultant services, which is split between water and sewer for $8,150 and $7,450 respectively, in the 2012 budget.

The budget amendment, which does not include additional funds, will be voted on during November's town meeting. Perryville's next meeting will be moved from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2; commissioners will be at the Maryland Municipal League conference Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

Perryville's commissioners will review the town's draft personnel manual 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8. It was decided at the previous work session to have a special meeting, as opposed to putting it on the agenda for the monthly town meeting, to review the manual.


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