SYKESVILLE — The Planning and Zoning Commission Monday night decided to ask Jamaka Heights developer Benjamin E. Grubbs for more improvements to his site plan for the two duplexes he wants to build.
As requested in August, Grubbs enlarged the parking area for the homes, but the commission now is asking for some landscaping around the area and a railingto keep cars from sliding over a steep embankment in bad weather.
In other action:
* Town Manager James L. Schumacher presented the U.S. Census figures for towns and cities in Maryland, noting thatthe town's population was incorrect by at least 150 persons who had been missed. An appeal to correct the figures has been dismissed, he said.
* The commission approved $150 from its budget toward postage to mail a town map to all households in town limits. Chairman Jonathan Herman requested that the commission review the map before it is printed.
BYRON'S CHECKS CLEARED
The U.S. House of Representatives Bank notified Representative Beverly B. Byron, D-6th, that none of the checks posted against her account had bounced.
The bank has been embroiled in controversy since the General Accounting Office reported that members bounced 8,331 checks between July1989 and June 1990. The House voted to close the bank Oct. 3.
Byron said the investigation revealed several problems, about which members were not notified.
"There are very few members who have flagrantly and repeatedly abused their privileges at the bank, and they should be investigated and dealt with," she said. "There are other members who made regrettable accounting errors. They should have been notified of the overdrafts so they could make restitution."
STREET VARIANCE OK'D
DATELINE: MOUNT AIRY
The Town Council approved a request Monday for narrower streets in Summerwood, a proposed residential subdivision.
But the council rejected a request for smaller cul-de-sacs in the development, citing a concern about turning radius for fire trucks.
At its regular monthly meeting Monday, the council approved street design variances for the subdivision, where 50 single-familyhomes are planned near the intersection of Main Street and Village Oakes Drive. The developer wants street widths ranging from 24 feet to26 feet, which is less than the minimum range of between 32 feet and34 feet in town street-design guidelines.
Also last night, the council announced the closing of a small portion of Main Street for thetown's annual Halloween Parade. The stretch of Main Street from the train station to the municipal parking lot will be closed for about 20 minutes at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.
The council also said there will be trick or treating this year, but did not set a date or hours.
"They (trick or treaters) will be on their own," said Mayor Gerald R. Johnson Jr.
CARE ISSUES DISCUSSED
The director of Citizen Services told the county commissioners yesterday that state regulations should be relaxed to help low-income families who need child care or personal care for seniors.
Jolene Sullivan, appointed by the commissioners in July to serve as their liaisonwith six county agencies, said, "What we want to do now is look intorelaxing state regulations which now exist."
Sullivan said the committee will address two issues:
"One is the purchase of child-care regulation, which has not been looked at for about five years. Thisis funded by federal money and pertains to the reimbursement that child-care centers and family day-care providers receive," she said.
The second would include identifying providers of daytime child care, nighttime child care, sick care and school-age care.
"We are finding that there are a number of people who are working night shifts and are in need of care for their children," said Sullivan. "There area number of care-givers available, so we need to do more outreach tomake people aware of these services."
In other business, two county homes that provide personal care for seniors will now be considered "institutions," as defined by federal regulations.
DRUG COMMITTEE MEETS
Members of the Drug and Alcohol Advisory Committee met yesterday to discuss the importance of educating parents of the dangers of alcohol and drugs to their children.
Joanne Hayes, substance abuse prevention school/community coordinator sharedthe October issue of "Parents Make the Difference" newsletter, whichoffers parents tips on communication, building self-esteem, discipline and encouragement.
"These newsletters will be coming home with the students in the school system from now until May," said Hayes. "These monthly newsletters have some very important messages for parents and their children."
Westminster Mayor Benjamin Brown and CountyCommissioner Elmer C. Lippy expressed concern about the lack of recreational facilities for high school youth.