HAMPSTEAD — Trash day changes
HAMPSTEAD -- Residents will have a new trash hauler, a new trash day and a new service -- curbside recycling -- in the next two months.
Beginning July 3, trash will be picked up Friday mornings by Haden Trash Removal, which was the successful lowest bidder this year for a group of Carroll County towns and cities.
The company, based in Glyndon, Baltimore County, also will begin distributing information on curbside recycling, which will start with the Aug. 7 pickup.
By then, each home will receive a plastic 18-gallon bin in which residents can put all recyclables, such as newspapers, bottles and cans. Residents will not need to sort materials.
For the rest of June, residents will continue to put their trash out for collection on Saturday mornings for Eastern Waste Industries, and take their recyclables to the self-service bins on Rinaman Avenue and West Street.
HAMPSTEAD -- Approval of a request for annexation on Upper Beckleysville Road will be delayed for a month, to allow the owners of two more lots to be included.
The request before the Town Council is by Richard and Bonnie Klein of Finksburg, owners of MRB Construction. They have built homes, mostly one or two lots at a time, throughout Baltimore County.
The Kleins are the contract purchasers of 4.35 acres now owned by Grace Zepp and Ethel Watkins. They want to develop the land with 10 or 11 homes.
Councilman Arthur C. Moler, who chairs the Planning and Zoning Commission, said the group decided at its May meeting that it would postpone voting for the annexation until it learned whether the owners of two more adjacent properties want to be included. The two lots are immediately east of the Zepp/Watkins property.
Annexation must be at the property owner's request, and these two owners have indicated interest, Moler said.
"They're interested in the sewer system," he said. The annexation would allow the two homes, as well as the homes to be built by the Kleins, to hook into county sewer lines built for the Small Crossings development.
The annexation also would provide the homes with town water.
Fee set at $40/ton
The county commissioners voted 2-0 Monday to increase the fee for dumping trash at the county's two landfills from $15 per ton to $40 per ton, which will result in higher trash bills for residents and businesses.
The new fee will take effect July 1. Trash haulers pass on the cost of the dumping fee to customers. The average household generates from 1 to 1.5 tons of trash annually, without recycling, county officials say.
The fee finances the county's solid waste management program, including recycling.
The flat charge for cars going to the landfill to dump trash will increase from $2 to $4. It will increase from $4 to $6 for pickup trucks and from $5 to $8 for large pickups.
Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Elmer C. Lippy voted for the increase. Commissioner Julia W. Gouge was absent, but expressed support for the increases at a June 9 hearing.
The cost for disposing of car tires at the landfills will be $1 per tire. For truck or tractor tires, it will be $3 per tire.
Yard waste can be disposed of for free, if separated from other waste, after Jan. 1.
Clean wood waste also can be disposed of for free, if separated from other waste, after July 1. The wood waste must not be treated with chemicals. Contact the Department of Public Works at 857-2158 for questions concerning wood waste.
The ordinance also includes a provision allowing parties to appeal a trash dumping levy when the scales aren't working at either landfill. When scales aren't working, the county bases its fee for different types of trucks and trash containers on averages compiled over a year.
City eyes building
WESTMINSTER -- City government officials are starting discussions this week on the purchase of the former Westminster Auto Parts store on Locust Street for a new police headquarters.
The City Council voted unanimously Monday to acquire the building, over the objections of Council President William F. Haifley, who casts a vote only in case of a tie.
Store owner William Small said he remains open to negotiations with the city government, "but I have a couple [prospective tenants] in mind if it falls through."
Haifley said he opposed the purchase because he thinks the city could build a police headquarters on land it owns behind City Hall for less than the $1.2 million budgeted to buy and renovate the auto parts store.
The council president said he was also concerned about "things wrong with the property" as shown by environmental studies, and opposes removing commercial property from city tax rolls.
The auto parts store paid a total of $2,818 in city, county and state property taxes for 1990-1991, reported Larry C. White, supervisor of the state Department of Assessments and Taxation's Carroll office. State assessors estimated the full cash value of the property at $228,880.