WESTMINSTER COMMITTEE SETS PICNIC — Road details discussed
WESTMINSTER -- Sykesville, Fairhaven and county officials met Friday morning to resolve some technical details on Obrecht Road, where the new Copper Ridge facility entrance will be placed.
The main questions Sykesville Town Manager James L. Schumacher had concerned road paving and striping on Obrecht Road at the Copper Ridge entrance, which is to be directly across from Norris Avenue in the Hawk Ridge Farm subdivision.
Although Hawk Ridge residents presented the Sykesville LTC Planning Commission meeting Monday with a petition signed by 49 people protesting the placement of the Copper Ridge entrance, none attended Friday's meeting.
Residents and the town are concerned about increased traffic from Copper Ridge so close to the subdivision. Copper Ridge officials insist only about 125 cars should use the facility during the day.
Mr. Schumacher requested from Copper Ridge a 40-foot right of way on Obrecht Road, signs and proper striping to indicate through and left turn lanes.
The town also wants details on which direction cars in and out of Copper Ridge will be taking so that traffic flows in the area can be determined. Mr. Schumacher proposed left turn lanes into Norris Avenue and Copper Ridge and possibly acceleration and deceleration lanes.
Copper Ridge officials will draw up new site plans with the road details and present them to the Sykesville Town Council in August or September for approval.
UNION BRIDGE -- The Town Hall Funding Committee met for the first time Wednesday and planned a Gay '90's picnic and homes tour.
The Sept. 13 event will be the first fund-raiser, which will help pay the cost of renovating the Pump House into town offices.
"We have to relocate our offices for several reasons," said Kathy M. Ridgely, chairwoman of the committee. "The most pressing is the need for space accessible to the disabled."
The 90-year-old Pump House on Locust Street has the space and accessibility, but it needs major repairs.
The cost has been estimated at about $160,000.
"We are looking for a culmination of town pride and spirit to make our first event an exciting and profitable endeavor," said Mrs. Ridgely, who plans to open her home for the tour.
Toni Eder, a committee member, said she was pleased with the response so far.
The committee will meet again at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Center.
"We would welcome anyone who wants their home on the tour or who would like to man a concession stand," said Mrs. Eder.
Shooting range debated
A county Recreation and Parks Advisory Board subcommittee will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Carroll County Education Center in Westminster to discuss establishing an outdoor shooting range at Hoods Mill Landfill.
The subcommittee will draft recommendations concerning the proposed site to the full board, which will send its recommendations to the county commissioners for their consideration.
The proposed site for the South Carroll range -- west of Route 97 and just north of the Howard County border -- has angered residents on both sides of the Carroll-Howard line.
Carroll sports fans have supported the proposal, saying that private clubs are overcrowded and that shooters need a place to participate in their sport.
A county press release announcing the meeting advises that portions of the meeting may be closed in accordance with the state open meetings law.
The Education Center is at 495 S. Center St.
Information: Department of Recreation and Parks, 857-2103.
TANEYTOWN -- Advertising for bids concerning the rehabilitation of the city's sewer lines will be among the topics discussed at the Taneytown City Council's monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.
City engineers brought the dilapidated condition of the sewer system to the council's attention last month when they cited several deficiencies in sections of the piping.
Engineers suggested that sections of the system be cleaned and televised -- photographed by a camera moving through the pipes -- before the major repair work begins.
Aside from deciding whether to collect bids for the proposed work on the sewer lines, the council is scheduled to vote on an ordinance that will require property owners to keep weeds cut no more than to 12 inches high.
City Manager Joseph Mangini said the county began citing people in violation of a similar ordinance on July 1.
Guidelines on agenda
SYKESVILLE -- The Town Council will have a public hearing on the Small Town Planning Guidelines at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Town House.
Anyone wishing to comment on the Planning Commission's new guidelines for development in the town is encouraged to attend.
Also on the agenda is a recycling update, the capital budget and improvement programs, a storm drain construction change order, the Program Open Space grant and relocation of the Sykesville post office.
Meeting place changed
WESTMINSTER -- The Board of Education of Carroll County will have its monthly meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, 1229 Washington Road.
The meeting will not be at the Board of Education offices as originally scheduled.