City Erects Road Signs

Carroll capsule

October 23, 1991

WESTMINSTER — The city's Department of Public Works has announced that, effective Friday, the east side of Anchor Street between West Main Street and Depot Alley will be posted for "No Parking."

Also, "Yield" signs will be installed on Mall Ring Road at its intersection with North Center Street.

LEAVES TO BE PICKED UP

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- The city's Department of Public Works has announced that the city will provide pickup of leaves on a regular basis.

Open burning is prohibited by law within the corporate limits of Westminster. The city will use a leaf vacuum unit, as it has in the past,to collect leaves.

The leaf unit will be on the street every weekday during autumn, except in inclement weather.

The schedule for leaf pickup in the city is as follows: all areas to the east of the Maryland Midland Railroad tracks will be covered Monday and Tuesday of each week; areas west of the railroad tracks will be covered Wednesday and Thursday.

Friday will be kept open for special pickups, which can be arranged by calling the city at 848-9077 or 848-9001.

Leaves may be raked into the gutter area if prior arrangements are made with the Department of Public Works. Leaves should not be in the gutter area more than 12 hours ahead of the scheduled pickup.

Additionally, leaves should not be placed in the gutter during inclement weather, as this creates blockages in the city's storm drainage system.

The public is requested to cooperate in placing leaves at locationsgiving the leaf vacuum unit best access.

DUMP TRUCKS DEFERRED

County government is squeezing a little more life out of old equipment to try to save money this fiscal year as the county commissioners contemplate budget cuts to make up for a $4.3 million reduction in state aid.

The commissioners have rejected bids submitted for the purchase of two diesel dump trucks for the Department of Public Works "due to unforeseen economic and fiscal problems." The low bid previously had been accepted.

The two truck companies that participated each submitted bids of about $120,000 for two trucks with salt spreaders.

The trucks to be replaced are eight years old and have logged about130,000 miles.

The purchase will be reconsidered if submitted as part of the Public Works Department's fiscal 1993 budget.

NEW DESIGNSSTUDIED

County officials have accepted a proposal from Sykesville's town manager to develop a "mock subdivision" as a model for committees studying possible improvements in Carroll's housing, infrastructure and farm preservation programs.

The subdivision will be discussed at the commissioners' quarterly meeting with Carroll's eight mayors at 10 a.m. Thursday in Room 300A of the County Office Building in Westminster. Other topics include the impact of budget reductions andrecycling options.

The Department of General Services has submitted a draft recycling plan outlining costs and benefits for different scenarios.

Sykesville Town Manager James L. Schumacher suggested the mock subdivision at the Sept. 14 Town/County Partnership Conference of municipal and county officials to discuss plans for managing growth. Much of the discussion has been theoretical, said Schumacher.

The committees will be able to see how their recommendations can be applied by planning a subdivision. The model will have certain predetermined characteristics, such as a minimum number of dwelling units and environmental conditions.

The Sept. 14 conference focused on adjustments in zoning plans and design standards to create more affordable housing, conserve open space and produce more aesthetically attractive developments. Some standards that could be modified include street width, lot sizes, road setbacks and density.

County Assistant Planning Director Marlene Conaway has recommended forming a volunteergroup from county and town governments and private industry to work on a mock subdivision, applying innovative design standards. An actual subdivision plan designed for New Windsor also could be used. Such an exercise would illustrate which regulations would have to be modified to allow more diverse developments.

TOWN ANNEXES PROPERTY

DATELINE: UNION BRIDGE

UNION BRIDGE -- Following a public hearing, the Town Council voted unanimously to annex 29 homes on the 14.8-acre Bowman Springs property.

Homes on the property, north of town along Union Bridge Road and Honeysuckle Lane, are hooked into a private water supply. When the owner of the spring announced plans to quit the water business, residents sought annexation and the ability to hook into the town's supply.

With state and county grants, the town hopes tobegin work on the $118,000 project soon. Ted Bertier, an engineer who has developed plans for the hookups, reviewed the project with homeowners before the council vote.

Each home will have a meter box. Owners pay a $1,000 hookup fee and the cost of running the line from the street to the home.

Bertier said the project should to go out on bids within a month.

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