UNION BRIDGE — The Town Council voted, 4-1, against granting a waiver to four homeowners who do not want to hook into the municipal water system.
"These people didn't ask for annexation and shouldn't have to hook into the town line," said Councilman Bret D. Grossnickle, who cast the dissenting vote.
Other members said they did not want to make any exceptions for the 29 residents, whose properties have been annexed into town.
"Wehave an ordinance that we must follow," said Councilman Scott W. Davis. "Also, it wouldn't be fair to the other people if we didn't enforce that ordinance for everyone."
Town Engineer Ted Bertier said permits for the project were issued last week. Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr.scheduled a pre-bid conference for contractors on March 5. Bids would be due March 19.
"We should have a recommendation for the council by our next meeting," he said.
Members also authorized payment of about $1,100 to Potomac Edison to replace two poles on Union BridgeRoad.
An engineer from the power company will attend the March 23meeting to discuss lighting on Honeysuckle Lane.
POLICE STATION IS ON WAY
SYKESVILLE -- The Town Council Monday night agreed to try to sell a piece of unused property on Sandosky Road to finance the renovation of the old maintenance building for a police station.
Council President Kenneth W. Clark said the Facilities Committee looked at various options for subsidizing the project.
Selling half of the town's four-acre lot was the most practical method of acquiring the estimated $100,000 needed to turn the existing building into a usable police station, he said.
In other business:
* The Public Works Department said it will place a dump truck outside the town's recycling center for newspaper collection from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning today, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
* The council deferred reappointment of the Board of ZoningAppeals members until March. Council members asked for a brief biography of the board, which needs one more member.
Anyone interested in serving on the Zoning Appeals Board may contact Town Manager JamesL. Schumacher at 795-6390.
* Jeanette Sullivan was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Committee, which needs two more members. Those interested may call Bill Hall at 795-4843.
* Mudd Woods of Pennsylvania was given the contract to build a portico for the train station. The $11,700 cost will be paid for with Maryland Historic Trust grant funds, Historic Preservation Committee and general funds.
TOUR THE PUMP HOUSE
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UNION BRIDGE -- The Pump Housewill be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, offering residents an opportunity to inspect it as the possible site of a new Town Hall.
The Office Search Committee has recommended restoring the building on LocustStreet. At Monday's council session, Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. asked members for their opinion on the recommendation.
"A lot of people have told me they are really interested in that site," said Councilman Jeff Six.
Councilwoman Bonnie M. Hyde asked for estimates on therestoration project and wondered if costs would exceed construction of a new building. Councilman Scott W. Davis said he would favor whatever plan cost taxpayers the least money.
"The building has great potential," said Councilman Selby M. Black. "There's room for parkingand room to add on later."
CAB ADS ARE INTRODUCED
WESTMINSTER -- An ordinance that would allow cab companies to display advertising on their vehicles was introduced to the City Council Monday.
The request came from the Carroll Cab Co., which askedthe council either to allow the firm to place advertisements on its cabs or raise cab fares. The firm needs additional revenue to meet operating expenses, Councilman Stephen R. Chapin said.
Mayor W. Benjamin Brown asked the council to consider prohibiting any advertising of tobacco or alcohol on cabs.
But City Attorney John B. Walsh said he wasn't aware of any prohibitions against certain kinds of advertising and would have to research the issue.
He is expected to givethe council advice at its March 9 meeting.
KING HOLIDAY IS ON HOLD
WESTMINSTER -- City workers' proposal to add Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday to their list of holidays has not been resolved.
Although the council was expected to receive a report on the issue Monday, Councilwoman Rebecca Orenstein, chair of the Personnel Committee, said the issue was a "complex one" and she wasn'tprepared to give a report.
Mayor W. Benjamin Brown asked the council to table the matter because of "financial implications" until thecity begins its budgetary process.
Council President William F. Haifley, asking that the issue be addressed, said there are only financial implications if workers want to have the King birthday as an additional holiday.
The initial proposal before the council called for workers to trade one of their existing holidays for the King birthday.