SYKESVILLE — Members of the Planning Commission told the Town Council Monday night their proposed Small Town Planning Guidelines for developers shouldbe ready for introduction April 27.
County planner Helen Spinellishowed slides of new developments that don't fit in with the small-town character displayed in older parts of Sykesville.
"These guidelines will bring back a sense of intimacy and design characteristic of the town," said councilman and commission member Jonathan Herman.
The council will have a public meeting on the guidelines April 27.
In other business the council:
* Approved using$4,500 in impact fees for architectural plans to convert the old maintenance building into a new police station. The Facilities Committeewill explore ideas for funding the project and report back to the council.
* Introduced an ordinance establishing a police auxiliary unit. A public hearing will be conducted May 11.
* Discussed the mandatory county recycling plan to take effect July 1. The town will study the costs of maintaining its own recycling center against contracting with a hauler before making a decision on its own plans.
* Will erect a fence around the Jennifer Way Tot Lot and install a small piece of playground equipment for young children. The council is working with the community to get money for more equipment for the tot lot.
Area residents will have a yard sale to benefit the tot lot from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 16. Spaces are $10. Information: Terri Reyes, 795-9480.
* Will close Cooper Drive from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 28 for the Music Festival at Millard Cooper Park.
* Learned that Springfield Hospital Center has offered the Gate House on Cooper Drive tothe town for $1 annual rent on a 99-year lease. Officials will studythe building's condition before making a decision on what to do withit.
The Carroll commissioners Monday presented a science teacher, a women's club, a trash hauler and a clothing manufacturer with the county's annual Environmental Awareness Awards.
South Carroll High School's Robert Foor-Hogue was recognized for his "individual efforts in environmental leadership and guidance in programs involving watershed protection, tree preservation, erosion control and waste clean-up that he willingly provided to students."
The Junior Woman's Club of Westminster was honored for its involvementin conservation through communications, displays, donations and guest speakers at monthly club meetings. The group also was recognized for its storm drain stenciling program. Club members have stenciled "NoDumping -- Chesapeake Bay Drainage" on storm drains in Westminster.
Joseph Gover, president of S & B Hauling Inc., received the award for personally creating, designing and implementing a curbside recycling program for 3,500 county residents. In addition, the firm has donated collected recyclables to a non-profit recycling center that hires the homeless.
Londontowne Corp. was recognized for being a leader in solid waste recycling through an aggressive recycling program.
The awards recognize individuals, institutions and businesses for their achievements in environmental protection and conservation.
POLICE SITE ON AGENDA
WESTMINSTER -- The City Council will sponsor a public hearing at 7 p.m. April 27 at the Fire Hall to discuss moving the Police Department to the former Westminster Auto Parts building.
The building at 36 Locust St. meets the space requirements for the department and is structurally sound, Councilman Kenneth A. Yowan saidat Monday's council meeting.
In other business:
* Councilman Edward S. Calwell announced that a voluntary water ban was lifted as of midnight Monday because the city's reservoir was 97.8 percent full.
The ban had been in effect since September because of low water levels at the reservoir. The reservoir probably will be filled by nextweek, he said.
* Yowan said he will talk with county commissioners on April 30 about the manner in which money is allocated to the county's 14 volunteer fire departments.
Westminster receives more calls than any other county company but receives the second highest amount of money, he said. Mount Airy receives $23,435 more than Westminster.
Yowan also said the public safety committee is beginning work on a sprinkler ordinance for city buildings.
* The council gave permission to spend up to $500 to plow city land for use by residents as community gardens. The sites have not been determined.
A HAND FROM THE GOVERNOR
HAMPSTEAD -- Keeping in touch with a friend who just happens to be the governor paid off for Amanda "Mandy" Kent, 15.
Kent, daughter of Richard and Donna Kent, received a free motorized wheelchair and hydraulic bathtub lift Monday from Kirson Medical in Baltimore County.
She credited Gov. William Donald Schaefer, whom sheknows from the three years during which she served as a poster childfor the March of Dimes, for persuading Donald Kirson, owner of the medical equipment company, to donate the scooter and lift.