TANEYTOWN — In the July 15 issue, The Carroll County Sun reported incorrectly the Taneytown City Council's action on charging developers a fee for reserving capacity in the waste treatment facility for their undeveloped propeerty.
In fact, the vote was 2-1 in favor of charging the fee, but with two of the council members absent, the vote could not pass the motion. The proposal will be taken up again next month.
9- The Carroll County Sun regrets the error.
Taneytown council acts
City Council members decided Monday to give city engineers complete responsibility over storm water management in new developments.
City Manager Joe Mangini said Taneytown would be the first Maryland city its size to let its engineers handle such projects.
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Currently, developers pay the county to review plans for the construction of proposed storm water management ponds without an inspection or bond. Mr. Mangini said this leaves the city responsible for repairing uninspected ponds that fail to function correctly.
"I figure when you pay for a service, like getting the plans reviewed, you are entitled to the entire service," Mr. Mangini said. "Since we ended up doing the inspection and doing repairs anyway, why not just do it all?"
Mr. Mangini said the change would eliminate a conflict between the ordinances the city and county use to review plans.
Also at the meeting:
* A motion to charge developers a fee for reserving space in the waste treatment facility for their undeveloped property was defeated, 2-1. The proposed fee would cost developers $300 per lot, with a 25 percent increase each year for five years or until the land was developed. The proposal will be discussed again next month.
* The council has voted to accept an ordinance requiring property owners to keep their weeds and grass cut to 12 inches or less. The former ordinance allowed growth to any height as long as residents cut within certain time limitations. The state has followed the height ordinance since July 1.
* The city will advertise for bids from companies to examine its sewer system with closed-circuit television. The city manager will ask for grant assistance from the state to pay the cost.
Dumping fees waived
Hundreds of tons of trash were dumped in Carroll County landfills at no charge over the last four months to pay for the county's recycling program.
Phoenix Recycling Inc. dumped 1,500 tons of garbage, including waste from surrounding counties, without paying $22,500 in county fees, according to landfill records.
The company dumped almost as much as the approximately 1,600 tons of recyclables it collected for the county from mid-March through late last month.
County officials say they made the deal to save the area's recycling program. But they admit the county saved almost no landfill space over the four-month period.
Phoenix used to process the county's recyclables free of charge. But when the market for recyclables decreased, the company told the county it could no longer collect for free.
"We weren't making any money. You can't do what we do for free," said Jack Haden, operator of the company.
Commissioners Elmer Lippy, Donald Dell and Julia Gouge agreed to waive Phoenix's dumping fee for the 1,500 tons of garbage to avoid paying cash before a $258,000 recycling contract with the company took effect July 1, said County Attorney Charles W. "Chuck" Thompson.
Today's deadline for eviction of a local community action agency from Department of Social Services offices is expected to pass without action.
But the agencies involved are no closer to a solution than they were several months ago when Social Services Director M. Alexander Jones warned that his agency would need the space by July 15.
Mr. Jones refused to say yesterday how he will house the additional staff he had planned to put into the office space that HSP occupies. The private non-profit organization has used DSS office space rent-free since it was incorporated in 1987.
Gov. William Donald Schaefer's gag order on comments by state officials prevented Mr. Jones from discussing plans yesterday. Mr. Jones said he would have to file a written request with the state Department of Human Resources, DSS's parent agency. That request, in turn, will have to be cleared through the governor's office.
The county government staff is working on a plan to create offices for HSP on the first floor of the county-owned social services building in Westminster, said Keith Kirschnick, county public works director.
Mr. Kirschnick, who heads a county office-space study committee, said he had no timetable for finishing the layout and estimating renovation costs. The county commissioners have not officially approved using the space for HSP offices, but Mr. vTC Kirschnick said their authorization to proceed with the layout is tentative approval.
"How it's going to be paid for is a bigger question than where," Mr. Kirschnick said.