Lagoon Repairs Bid

CARROLL CAPSULE

March 08, 1992

NEW WINDSOR — At Wednesday's session, the Town Council awarded a contract to Suburban Landscape to repair the land around the town lagoon.

The Eldersburg company, owned by Eric Boner, offered the lowest bid to stabilize the banks surrounding the lagoon. The cost will be $35,554.

"We have started upgrading and we might as well go all the way and finish the job," said Mayor James C. Carlisle. "It's no sense doingthis piece by piece."

The mayor said the town had received a $75,000 loan from the county to upgrade the lagoon and might be able to use any money left from that to work on the banks.

The loan will berepaid as new homes are built in the town of 842. Two new developments and a middle school are in the planning stages.

Members also decided to advertise for bids on the trash-hauling contract.

"Our fees are among the highest in the county," said Town Clerk Richard M. Warehime. "And we are expecting the county's tipping fee to double."

Members said they wanted to review the contracts of other municipalities before writing the specifications of the new contract.

Trashis one of several factors that will affect next year's budget, said Warehime. The town is also expecting an increase in the amount it pays for the resident trooper program and must hire a replacement for its water and sewer manager.

"The budget process is much more difficult than in other years," he said. "So many things are up in the air."

Councilwoman Rebecca H. Harman said she hoped to have preliminary budget figures for the council by the next meeting on April 1.

CITIZENS PROTEST ROAD

DATELINE: HAMPSTEAD

HAMPSTEAD -- About 35 angry citizens spoke out against realigning the proposed extension of McAllister Drive at Thursday's public hearing.

The extension, which will connect Fairmount Road to Upper Beckleysville Road, may be curved slightly at the request of Dewco Homes Inc., which wants to buy and divide a lot that fronts Upper Beckleysville Road in the King's Ransom subdivision.

The proposed extension has been on the town's master plan since 1967.

"If I bought a lot that was not buildable, I couldn't go down to the man down the street and ask him to give me some of his property so I could build," said Mark Schaefer, a Fairmount Road resident. "That's basically what's happening here, except the county is acting as the middleman."

Most residents questioned the need for the road in the first place, saying it will cause storm water management problems.

County planner Scott Fischer said the additionalroad would provide a safer way for drivers to get to Route 30 ratherthan using a dangerous intersection at Upper Beckleysville Road. Butresidents said a red light at Upper Beckleysville would serve the same purpose.

"What's going to cost more -- putting up a red light or having bulldozers put a 12-foot hole in my front yard?" said VernonGroomes of Upper Beckleysville Road. "Let's save a little of the taxpayers' money and the taxpayers' land."

Fischer said he didn't know if planners had investigated placing a light on Upper Beckleysville. Although the extension is not a certainty, he said he doubts the road will be removed from the plan.

None of the residents spoke on asecond, unrelated proposal to extend Boxwood Drive south to Trenton Mill Road.

AID REQUESTS DECREASE

Carroll County spent $2.4 millionlast year on public assistance programs, but it appears that requests are beginning to decline, according to the county's director of social services.

In a presentation to the county commissioners Wednesday, M. Alexander Jones said that applications for assistance are down, but requests for medical assistance remain high.

He said the agency receives three times as many applications for medical assistanceas for aid for families with dependent children. In 1991, Carroll County received 822 applications for AFDC, and 482 were approved.

Last year, the county spent $2.4 million on public assistance, which Jones said was money well spent.

"It is worth $8 million to county when you look at the multiplier," he said. "This money turns over veryrapidly."

The department undertook 26 fraud investigations but found fraud in only nine instances.

HEARING ON SEWAGE PLAN

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- About a dozen county residents attended apublic hearing Thursday on a biennial update to Carroll's water and sewerage master plan.

The county revises the plan every two years.The revisions this year include a plan to place Pleasant Valley on the county's water and sewer system. The community is currently servedby a private water company and individual septic systems, said BobbiMoser, a planner with the county's Department of Planning.

Contracts for design are expected to be awarded this month. Construction could begin as early as next January and be completed by fall 1993.

Westminster attorney Charles O. Fisher, representing the owners of the Beltfarm, objected to the county staff's recommendation not to include the 200-plus acre Sykesville farm on the planned service area forwater and sewer.

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