Developer Given Ultimatum

Carroll capsule

March 11, 1992

TANEYTOWN — A Westminster developer has two weeks to begin putting in water and sewer lines and 45 days to finish the project in the Robert Mills Rundevelopment, or the City Council will seek bids for the work.

Foxfire Properties has failed to put water and sewer lines, as well as roads and street lighting, in its section of the development, holding up other builders, city officials said. The work was to be completed by September 1991.

Christopher Howell and Sam Rothblum, representatives of one of the developers, Daybreak Estates Corp., asked the council Monday to intervene.

A letter of credit is still pending, and the city will usethat to complete the work if Foxfire fails to do so, said City Manager Joseph A. Mangini Jr.

"Clearly, the city should take some action," Mangini said. "Clearly, the public works agreement has been violated."

Councilman Thomas J. Denike said he found it "distasteful" that the panel had to become involved.

RECYCLING BIDS EYED

DATELINE: TANEYTOWN

TANEYTOWN -- City officials hope to seek bids for a citywide trash and recycling service by the end of the week.

CouncilmanThomas J. Denike raised several technical concerns about the proposed bids Monday. Subsequently, the council and city staff determined tires would be eliminated from trash pickup, and customers would be billed on their water and sewer bills. He also asked the staff to look into whether the city could receive a discount for prompt payment of fees.

City officials hope to award a contract by April 13.

In other matters, the council:

* Approved spending $389 to purchase a fax machine.

* Voted to annex 0.98 acres on Trevanion Road.

* Agreed to maintain pool membership rates at last year's levels. Prices are $120 for city families, $150 for out-of-town residents, $75 for individual city residents and $90 for out-of-town individuals.

AMENDMENT IS PASSED

DATELINE: SYKESVILLE

SYKESVILLE -- The council passeda zoning ordinance amendment Monday night allowing the Planning Commission to review plans for small-business sites needing building permits or zoning certificates for improvements.

Previously, the commission had no power over major renovations or construction of sites with fewer than three businesses.

In other action:

* Allen Gillistold the council he does not have the $2,000 needed to buy a small strip of land on Sandosky Road adjacent to his auto repair business.

The council offered to let him pay for the property in four monthlyinstallments, and he agreed to pay the total by June 30.

* Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. re-appointed Francis "Hick" Manner and Peggy Sellers to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Robert E. Hall was not re-appointed pending notification that he wants to stay on the board. A fourthalternate member is needed; interested residents can call Town Manager James L. Schumacher at 795-6390 for details.

* The council discussed using part of the impact fee on new homes to renovate the old maintenance shed into a police station.

Schumacher said he would have to analyze the impact of the new homes on the police station to determine how much money might be available for the project. CouncilmanJonathan Herman, who does renovations and restorations, suggested the station could be done in phases as money becomes available.

LEHIGH DROPS PROJECT

DATELINE: UNION BRIDGE

UNION BRIDGE -- Lehigh Portland Cement Co. has dropped plans to participate in a county proposal to burn Carroll and Baltimore trash in company kilns.

"We decided not to participate in the project," said David Roush, plant manager. "That decision is based on financial and operational considerations."

Roush declined to comment further on the company's decision.

Last month, Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy appointed a committee of countystaff to study the possibility of having some of Carroll's trash turned into fuel for Lehigh Portland Cement.

Carroll has been approached by Baltimore County about contributing some of the "combustible materials" from its waste stream. Diverting material from the county waste stream would preserve the life of county landfills and could save money, Lippy said.

Roush had said the company would consider theproposal as long as it could provide low-cost fuel for the plant.

Lippy said he was disappointed with Lehigh's decision.

"It could have represented a good partnership between Carroll and Baltimore counties and private enterprise," he said.

ANOTHER CUT IN STORE

Officials running the county's aging programs believe they may have seen the worst of the state's budget cuts in programs for the elderly, but they feel there may be one more to come.

Once the county's federalallocation arrives, there may be another reduction in state money, Jan Flora, administrator of Carroll's Office on Aging, told the Commission on Aging at its monthly meeting Tuesday.

"There is going to be a slight increase in our federal allocation, and it is possible that the state may offset any increase in federal funds," she said. "We are still living with uncertainty."

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