WESTMINSTER — The City Council approved a request Monday to convert 18 metered parking spaces to a permit-only lot controlled by the owner of the Winchester Exchange retail and office complex.
Robert Max, the owner ofWinchester Exchange (formerly Sherwood Square Mall), said he could better attract tenants to the complex if he could offer free parking. Winchester Exchange is at 15 E. Main Street.
The 18 spaces are on the city's Albion Lot, behind the Albion Hotel near the corner of Main Street and Railroad Avenue.
Max will pay the city $3,240 a year to lease the lot. He also will cover the costs of meter removal and any stripe painting or signs required by the conversion.
PUBLIC HEARING TO BE SET
DATELINE: UNION BRIDGE
UNION BRIDGE -- The Town Council will schedule another public hearing before proceeding with plans to annex the Phillips property, north of here.
"We will make sure we have an agreement with developers," said Town Attorney John T. Maguire II Monday. "Last May, we came extremely close on terms."
Also at Monday's council session, members voted to donate the money from parking meters during the holidays to the fire company.
Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. said the recycling Dumpster isin place on the town lot and available to everyone.
"All we ask is to keep it clean," said the mayor.
The next council meeting willbe at 7 p.m. Dec. 30 in Town Hall.
PLANNING WORKSHOP SET
SYKESVILLE -- The town Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow for its regular monthly meeting.
On theagenda are reports on town developments, an adequate facilities ordinance for roads, the status of the Bodine property, and affordable housing.
A workshop with county planners is set for 7 p.m. Wednesdayat the Town House.
K. Marlene Conaway, assistant director of planning, will address the county's master plan, the comprehensive planning process and the importance of "citizen planning."
Gregg Horner,a comprehensive planner, will speak on Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland and its implications for town planning and zoning.
Anne Poissant, development reviewer, will discuss the county's development review process.
The public is welcome to attend the meetings.
LEAVES, TREES MULCHED
The county, inan effort to keep as much household and yard waste out of the landfills, will extend its leaf-mulching program through the end of this month and will once again allow residents to dispose of their Christmastrees free of charge.
The county commissioners said that leaf mulching at Northern and Hoods Mill landfills will continue free of charge on Saturdays throughout December.
And, according to Dwight Copenhaver, the county will begin its Christmas tree mulching program after the holiday.
All eight Carroll towns will have drop-off sites where residents can dispose of their trees. Piney Run Park and the twolandfills also will collect trees for mulching.
COUNCIL AIRS CONCERNS
WESTMINSTER -- The director of Carroll's Youth Services Bureau urged members of the Community Services Council last week to seek out legislators to voice concerns about state budget cuts.
George Geise, who also serves as treasurer of the Community Services Council, asked members to attend the regional hearing of the Maryland General Assembly in Hagerstown on Friday.
He also saidthe public should be better educated on housing, hunger, and health and education issues, and the impact cuts have had on county agencies.