SYKESVILLE — Board makes decisions
SYKESVILLE -- The Planning Commission took action on several town projects at Monday night's meeting.
Preliminary plan approval was given to Boulder Hill Estates and the remainder of Phase I of the Shannon Run subdivision. Both plans were approved contingent on the developers making the changes noted by the commission.
In other business:
* The commission refused to grant an extension of approval for the remaining 109 lots of Hawk Ridge Farm. Sections 6 to 9 were originally approved in April 1988, but that approval expired in April 1990.
Jeffrey Powers, vice president of Powers Construction, requested an extension of plan approval, but commission members concurred that too much time had elapsed since the last expiration.
* A resolution was approved asking the Town Council to pass the new Small Town Planning Guidelines at its meeting Monday. The commission included a "grandfather" clause exempting from the guidelines projects that have been given preliminary approval.
* Action was postponed on the Bodine property just off Main Street, pending changes recommended by the county.
* The commission will ask the Town Council not to sell a piece of town property on Sandosky Road to finance the new police station. The commission recommended that the property be used as open space or a park area.
* Site plan approval was given for a residential addition to commission member Anita Huddleston's Main Street art studio.
* A resignation from commission member Bruce Fernalld due to business reasons was accepted. A new member will be appointed later by the mayor, with approval from the Town Council.
The Local Emergency Planning Committee told the county commissioners Thursday that emergency personnel in the county are not adequately trained to handle a serious hazardous material problem.
Currently, the fire agencies have trained volunteers to be able to identify a problem, but they are not able to respond beyond that, said Michael Rehfeld, chairman of the county's Fire Chiefs Association.
"They need to be trained to mitigate the situations as well," he said.
When hazardous material incidents occur in the county, a HAZMAT team must be called in from Brooklandville in Baltimore County. The committee argued that the time spent waiting for the arrival team could be better used if local personnel could be trained.
However, the cost of training these volunteers would be too high for the fire companies. The committee felt the county would be more able to foot the bill.
The commissioners asked the committee to draw up a proposal outlining its ideas and giving examples of training plans that have been implemented, such as those in Washington and Harford counties. The proposal is to be presented by the end of September.
Town accepts franchise
MOUNT AIRY -- Before awarding a non-exclusive cable television franchise to Frederick Cablevision, Inc., the Town Council scheduled a public hearing Monday. None of the several residents attending the hearing commented, however.
During the regular session that followed the hearing, the council voted unanimously to grant the franchise to the Frederick County company.
Prestige Cable TV Inc., which serves Carroll County, filed a lawsuit against the town in U.S. District Court and asked for a temporary restraining order to prevent the town action. Judge Norman Ramsey refused to grant that order Thursday. When officials here learned of the suit, the town consulted with Piper and Marbury, a Baltimore legal firm.
"The attorneys recommended that the council proceed with the hearing and consider the application on its merit, regardless of the lawsuit," said Town Attorney Richard Murray.
Mayor Gerald R. Johnson said the proposal had been discussed at great length by the town's Cable Commission and was the subject of two previous public hearings.
"Many of our Frederick County viewers felt they were missing something with Prestige," said Council President R. Delaine Hobbs.
In other council business:
* Members voted to award hydrology services to PSC, a Lancaster, Pa., company, which has offices in Frederick and Hunt Valley.
"Mileage was a major consideration in our decision," said the mayor. "The meter starts running as soon as the engineer leaves his office."
* Members denied a request from Frederick County Commissioners for an outside faucet to provide potable water on Old Mill Bottom Road.
"No town water will be exported into [Frederick] county," said Councilman Hobbs. "Once it is out of town, we lose control."
* Members adopted a mandatory solid waste management plan for commercial establishments.
Grants are available
WESTMINSTER -- The Maryland Department of Human Resources' Child Care Administration has available Child Care and Development Block grants for early childhood development programs and before and after school programs.
Applicants may be individuals or public, non-public or private organizations.