HAMPSTEAD — For months, town officials have been worried about whether state money would be available to help pay for the Hampstead bypass.
On Monday, their worst fears were realized.
Mayor C. Clinton Becker informed the Town Council that the state no longer plans to pay for construction of the bypass for at least six years.
State administrators cited, among other things, budget woes facing the government.
"I guess the state feels that they have more important issues to deal with than funding a Hampstead bypass," Councilman Lewis O. Keyser Jr. said.
Town officials will try to proceed with the project despite the postponement of state assistance, Keyser said.
In other business Monday, a North Carroll Farms resident expressed concern about the further development of Farm Woods Lane.
Kris Koch said he believes continued growth in that area will strain the water supply and lead to overcrowding of schools.
"I am worried about the continuation of Farm Woods Lane that runs from the center of the development to Route 30," said Koch, who has lived in the 73-home development off Greenmount Road for nearly five years. "Atthis time, there are no plans for any type of stoplights to help traffic move onto Route 30."
Proposed plans call for Farm Woods Lane to lead into a new 62-acre development called North Carroll Farms Section Four, a project by Masonry Contractors Inc. that is under reviewby the Planning and Zoning Commission.
"Our concern is that traffic in this area will easily double, and without signals, people will become frustrated trying to get onto Route 30, causing them to reverse back through Farm Woods Lane to get to Fairmount Road," said Koch.
The mayor said he shared concern about the adequacy of the schoolsand encouraged Koch to make his concerns known to the county school board and to the planning commission.
"We (town officials) are nothydro-geologists and we are not educators, but we will invite these county officials to a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to hear your concerns," Becker said.
In other announcements:
* Police Chief Ken Russell was presented with a plaque honoring his 10 years ofservice to the town Police Department. A retired Baltimore City police officer, Russell began his service with the department in June 1981.
* Halloween will take place in town Oct. 31, with trick or treating 6 to 8 p.m. for children ages 12 and younger.
Households wishing to receive trick or treaters should leave porch lights on.