NEW WINDSOR TOWN SETS HEARING — Council votes in raise
NEW WINDSOR -- The Town Council voted unanimously to raise the mayor and members' salaries at Thursday's session.
The increase, which doubles the mayor's salary from $600 to $1,200, would take effect following the May 1993 election, when residents will elect a mayor and two council members.
Those new members would earn $30 per meeting. Current members earn $15.
The council's work load has increased considerably, said Councilman Terry Petry, who proposed the increase.
"You all work hard," said town resident Jack Gullo. "You should not be reluctant to vote in a raise for the next council."
In other business, Councilman Everett R. Ecker said many residents are confused about the new recycling program. The town's hauler will distribute information and recycling bins by the end of the month.
Councilwoman Rebecca H. Harman said she and Councilman Ecker had met with the board of trustees of St. Paul's United Methodist Church to discuss placement of the town fountain on the church property. The fountain, which was nearly destroyed by a truck at its previous location, recently was repaired and remains in storage.
"We are not saying the church is where the fountain should be," she said. "We are investigating."
Mayor James C. Carlisle said he would ask the county's graphic designer to sketch the fountain in several locations to help the council decide on a final placement.
MOUNT AIRY -- The town has scheduled a public hearing on a proposed franchise agreement with Frederick Cablevision at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Town Hall.
The hearing precedes the monthly council session at 8 p.m.
Council will review the Solid Waste Resolution and the Resident Trooper program. Information: 795-6012.
SYKESVILLE -- The Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss preliminary plans for Boulder Hill, Shannon Run and Hawk Ridge at its 7 p.m. meeting tomorrow at the Town House.
Also on the agenda is an update on the transportation plan, the Small Town Planning Guidelines, a proposed concept plan for town property, and the Bodine and Huddlestun properties site plans.
Other reports will concern the Copper Ridge facility at Fairhaven and census information.
What's the frequency?
Members of the Communications Advisory Committee recommended to the county commissioners Thursday that they continue to evaluate changing the radio system used by emergency personnel, despite a lack of support from half of the county's volunteer fire companies.
The committee, at the commissioners' request, asked area fire companies their opinions on the 800 megaHertz radio system, which is apparently more efficient but expected to be very expensive. Half of the 14 companies supported a change to the 800 megaHertz system.
Of the seven that did not favor the new system, four felt they did not have enough information to make a decision. The Harney Volunteer Fire Department, one of the three that completely rejected the change, "express the most satisfaction with the existing system," committee chairman Jay Nave said.
Town annexes streets
SYKESVILLE -- The owner of Sykesville Apartments has deeded to the town the streets running through the complex, primarily for maintenance purposes.
Town Manager James L. Schumacher said negotiations between the town and the apartment owner were completed two weeks ago for Village Road, Jeroby Road and Cedar Lane (formerly Sylmor Lane), plus a portion of Sandosky Road leading into the complex.
While the apartments already were in town limits, Sykesville did not own the streets because they were not built to town and county specifications when the complex was constructed in the mid-1970s.