SYKESVILLE - The Town Council will review a proposed ordinance that would allow town residents to erect satellite television dishes.
In October, the council was approached by a Sykesville couple that had spent $3,000 on a dish, then learned of Town Ordinance 106, which prohibits the devices within town limits.
Council members agreed that the dishes have become so commonplace that it may be time to rewrite the ordinance. Also, some members said they've seen many dishes already erected in town, despite the ordinance.
Also the council is expected to award a contract for a number of street paving projects in town, said Town Manager James Schumacher.
The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Town House on Main Street.
COUNCIL TALKS SEWERAGE
TANEYTOWN -- New materials to refurbish the city's sewage treatment plant will be discussed during the City Council meeting tomorrow night.
Several other items are on the agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting, too. Two developers -- Richard Feeser and James Sturgill -- want to rename Court Street. No new name has been suggested, and this will be the first time the council will have heard of the proposal, said city manager Neal W. Powell.
In other matters, the council is expected to consider an ordinance that would empower the city to borrow money for short periods of time from the Local Government Investment Trust, a statewide investment pool made up with money from Maryland municipalities.
Powell also announced that the city's recycling center -- in the Taneytown Memorial Park off Baltimore Street -- is completely built. Some details on when, what and how materials will be collected remain to be worked out, and the center is not yet accepting recyclables. It was built with an $11,000 grant.
NON-MEETING DRAWS 30
MANCHESTER -- An abruptly canceled meeting on this town's proposed master plan drew more than 30 people, including a county commissioner-elect and a town councilman.
The meeting -- planned for Thursday night but scrubbed late Wednesday -- was expected to be crowded and controversial. As the second hearing on the town's much-debated master plan -- and its proposed Route 30 bypass -- county and town officials were expected to hear hours of testimony from town residents.
But a last-minute snag in the schedules of the county commissioners forced the cancellation of the meeting, and left county planner Scott Fischer -- who wrote the master plan -- outside the closed doors of the Manchester Elementary School to turn people away, including commissioner-elect Donald I. Dell.
"They were coming in groups of twos and threes," Fischer said. "But most of them weren't outright angry. There was some mumbling under the breath, but no screaming."
The cancellation of the meeting means that consideration of the plan -- in the works for years now -- will probably be in the hands of the newly elected commissioners, Fischer said.
Mayor Elmer C. Lippy Jr. -- also a commissioner-elect -- said the meeting's cancellation was a disappointment. "This is unfortunate, as I can appreciate the people's concerns. They should have known earlier whether or not the commissioners would attend the meeting."
County commissioner Jeff Griffith and Julia Armacost were scheduled to attend the meeting. Griffith was "called out of town" Wednesday, said Micki Smith, the county's public information director. Commissioner John Armacost was not scheduled to attend the meeting.
TORNADO LOANS OFFERED
Low-interest loans for people or businesses displaced by last month's Reisterstown tornado are available from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
While the tornado -- which struck the Baltimore County area Oct. 18 and caused extensive damage -- did little if any damage to Carroll County, the SBA is offering the loans to anybody in the six-county disaster area.
That disaster area includes the counties of Baltimore, Carroll, Howard, Anne Arundel and Harford; the city of Baltimore; and York County, Pa.
The loans carry interest rates ranging from 4 percent to 9.125 percent, and can be used by homeowners, businesses and others. To borrow money to pay for physical damage, applications must be submitted to the SBA by Dec. 24; for economic injury, applications are due July 23, 1991.
For more information, and to apply for the loans, write to the Disaster Area 2 Office, Small Business Administration, 120 Ralph McGill Blvd., 14th Floor, Atlanta, Ga., 30308.
DESIGN A TOWN FLAG
NEW WINDSOR -- Since New Windsor has no town flag, the business association offered council its own newly designed banner at Wednesday's session.
Lenore Pisano, owner of Five Daughters Crafts, said town merchants wanted a flag to display when businesses were open. She designed a picture of a dove, wheat and a row of Victorian homes on a blue background.
Pisano said problems could arise if merchants and residents used the same banners. Before contracting with sign makers, the association gave the town the first option on the design.