SEWER BAN IS LIFTED
ELDERSBURG - The moratorium on connections to the Freedom District Wastewater Treatment plant has been lifted temporarily to allow hookups for more than 50 new homes and three commercial projects.
The allocations amount to about 20,000 gallons per day of additional service, and will connect mostly in the Sykesville area.
The moratorium was enacted in 1988, when the plant, which serves the Eldersburg and Sykesville areas, began nearing its capacity of 1.8 million gallons a day.
The allocations came as somewhat of a surprise because county officials had said no more taps would be allocated until 1992. The county said the new hookups will be the last allowed until September 1992.
The plant is scheduled for a $12.5 million expansion in 1992, which will increase capacity to 3.5 million gallons per day.
BUREAU CHIEFS CHOSEN
Carroll Department of Natural Resources Protection head James E.
Slater has hired Catherine M. Rappe, 36, as chief of the Bureau of Water Resource Management, and Kristin Barmoy, 26, as chief of the newly formed Bureau of Stormwater Management and Sediment Control.
Rappe has worked in county government for five years as a water resource specialist. She was involved in the county's water conservation program and in development of water resource management standards and a program to control erosion.
Rappe has a bachelor of science degree in biology from Towson State University and has worked with the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
Barmoy is a registered professional engineer completing a master's degree in business administration at Loyola College. She also holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Va.
In her new role, Barmoy will be responsible for coordinating design and review of storm water management facilities within the towns and throughout the county, and managing the Sediment and Erosion Control program.
TOWN APPLIES FOR GRANT
DATELINE: UNION BRIDGE
UNION BRIDGE -- The Town Council voted Monday to apply for a $10,000 state feasibility grant to study its water system.
The state will require $5,000 in matching money from the town, if the grant is offered.
Town Attorney John Maguire said the study would help the town, which has only one water source, set priorities and schedule what it has to do to alleviate present and future water problems.
Maguire said the town plans to reapply for a block grant to deal with those problems and the study would help in the process. The state Department of Housing and Community Development rejected Union Bridge's application for $500,000 to improve its water system about 18 months ago.
"The feasibility study will help us focus any future application in the right direction," said Maguire.
The council also introduced an ordinance to update the sewer and water regulations. That ordinance will be the subject of a public hearing at the Dec. 17 session.
The new ordinance recommends holding the user fee to the current $33 per quarter for the first 5,000 gallons of use. Residents who use more would pay for the excess.
"Estimating from the current use, the fees should generate about $17,000 more in revenues," said Maguire.
In other business, Mayor Edward L. Williar said the town had awarded the job of surveying the Bowman property to Haller Associates of Frederick, whose bid was $2,450. Homeowners, who obtain their water from Bowman Springs, have applied for annexation into the town.
The town also will ask the state to schedule a public hearing in January on Lehigh Portland Cement Co.'s proposal to burn lumps of carbon waste in its kilns here.
"The company's permit will go through, if there's no opposition," said Councilman Scott W. Davis.
SHILOH RUN IS OK'D
HAMPSTEAD -- After a nearly two-month delay, preliminary plans for this town's first new development in two years were approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission Monday night.
Shiloh Run, a 96-home development on 34.5 acres off Panther and Sunset drives near North Carroll High School, won quick approval by the commission. In September, the commission had refused to vote on developer Bill Hunt's proposal, citing insufficient comments from county agencies.
The latest proposal includes comments from all relevant county agencies.
Construction of the housing development could begin as early as summer 1991, Hunt said.
PARKING GROUP REOPENED
WESTMINSTER -- Seeking to deal with continued downtown parking problems, the City Council reactivated the parking committee Monday night to study residential parking and the recommendations of the Downtown Task Force.
The committee, originally dissolved in spring 1988, will also look at the city's parking problems in general.
"We need to restudy the parking issue in all areas," said Councilman Samuel V. Greenholtz. "Then we can come back with a good, solid recommendation."
Committee members are Councilmen Greenholtz and William F. Haifley, former Mayor LeRoy Conaway and Francis Fritz.