Pond Project Drowned

October 10, 1990

TANEYTOWN - For months the City Council has been told that a large, centrally located, storm water-management pond would ease maintenance, cut costs and be more efficient.

But earlier this week after a $12,000 study, the council rejected the proposal as too costly. At $604,000, the large pond -- that would replace the scattershot system of decentralized, smaller ponds found in every housing development -- was deemed unworkable by the council Monday night.

The vote came after the city's Lancaster, Pa.-based consulting firm presented a completed study of the storm water project. This means the council will continue to rely on the existing system, which is paid mostly by developers.

The cost of the larger pond would have been absorbed by new developers.

However, the city would have made the initial investment and borrowed most of the $604,000.

In other business Monday night, the council decided to keep George Street a two-way thoroughfare. That decision, which reversed an earlier vote to make the street one-way, was made in response to opposition from George Street residents.

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