State Budget Includes $15.8 Million For County Projects

January 23, 1991|By Adam Sachs | Adam Sachs,Staff writer

ANNAPOLIS — Carroll would receive $15.8 million for county and state projects, including $3.9 million for a new Taneytown/Uniontown elementary school, under the capital budget plan proposed by the governor Monday.

Most of the money would be targeted toward state projects proposed forCarroll, including $6.9 million for a public safety training center in Sykesville; $1.9 million for additions to Western Maryland College's Lewis Science Building; $1 million for a cleanup of ground water contamination near Manchester; and $941,000 for expansion of the O'Farrell Youth Center in Marriottsville.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer's $815.5 million capital budget proposal for fiscal 1992, a 4.6 percent reduction from this year's $853 million spending plan, will be reviewed and revised by the legislatureover the next several months. Sen. Charles H. Smelser, D-Carroll, Frederick, Howard, chairman of the Senate Capital Budget Subcommittee, said he would prefer to see the proposal reduced by eliminating some "unnecessary" projects to help the state get through tough economic times.

Of the $15.8 million proposed for Carroll, $5 million has been targeted toward county and municipal projects. Those include the elementary school; $500,000 for the Manchester sewerage system upgradeand expansion; $272,750 for a new Pleasant Valley water supply system; $265,000 for repairs for South Carroll High School's roof; and $57,000 for New Windsor's sewage system.

The planned Taneytown/Uniontown elementary, expected to be completed by fall 1993, would relieve overcrowding at Taneytown Elementary. The county would pay $3.3 million of the estimated $7.2 million cost.

Taneytown Elementary third-, fourth- and fifth-graders now attend classes at Northwest Middle School's campus because the 300-student-capacity Taneytown school is overburdened.

Long-range plans call for closing Uniontown Elementaryand renovating Taneytown Elementary to house 600 students once the new elementary opens, said Vernon F. Smith Jr., director of school support services. Some elementary students still would be housed at the middle school until the renovation is completed, by fall 1996 at the earliest, said Smith.

To reduce the state's $423 million deficit, the Schaefer administration proposed cutting $6 million from the public safety training center, slated for a 720-acre site adjacent to Springfield State Hospital. That $6 million, part of a special fund generated through police citations, would be transferred to the operatingbudget. More than $12 million could be earmarked for the center for fiscal 1992, said Smelser. The legislature must approve the reduction.

The center would be used to train state and local law enforcement and correctional facility personnel. State officials are designing a master plan for the facility, which could include renovation and use of abandoned Springfield buildings. A total cost estimate has not been made, said Smelser.

The Maryland Department of the Environmenthas proposed spending $1 million to remedy a potentially dangerous situation at North Carroll Shopping Center on Route 30, where a cancer-causing substance has been detected in the ground water. The money would be used to construct a system to keep the water from flowing offthe site and to remove contaminants through pumping, said John Goheen, MDE spokesman.

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