UNION BRIDGE — Town to appeal fine
UNION BRIDGE -- Mayor Perry L. Jones said the town will appeal a $5,625 fine for pollution at its sewer plant.
A hearing has been set for Aug. 5 in Baltimore.
The Maryland Department of the Environment notified the town on June 21 of unlawful discharges of chlorine from the plant into Little Pipe Creek. The state also said the 30-year-old plant does not meet today's standards.
"We are hoping our new employee and new equipment will help in the appeal process," the mayor said at Monday's Town Council meeting.
The council voted to approve the purchase of a new pump and compressor for the plant. A motion authorizes the town to advertise for bids and for Councilman Selby Black, chairman of the Water and Sewer Committee, to accept the best bid.
In other business, the mayor said he was drafting a letter of support to accompany Lehigh Portland Cement Co.'s application burn tires in its kilns.
"Tires burn cleaner than coal, and we don't want them in landfills," said the mayor.
Crews clear damage
ELDERSBURG -- Storm damage forced Piney Run Park to close several trails for about a week. Park maintenance crews, a private tree-removal company and the Maryland Conservation Corps spent 10 days clearing damage from a July 15 storm.
Powerful winds and lightning toppled several trees. Limbs also had blown across the entrance to the Nature Center, causing a power outage and forcing the building to close for a day.
"We never closed the park completely," said Donald J. Smith, park maintenance supervisor. "High winds damaged several dense wooded areas. Many trees were broken at the top and had limbs hanging dangerously over the trails."
The last trail reopened Friday, he said. Crews still are removing obstacles, and some damaged trees are in remote areas.
"All the major problems have been addressed," said Mr. Smith. "The high school students in the Conservation Corps did a great job and put in a lot of labor."
Panel seeks support
WESTMINSTER -- Two advocates for racial harmony met with Carroll County commissioners yesterday to ask for their support in denouncing racially motivated incidents in the county.
Virginia Harrison, chairman of the Carroll County Community Relations Commission, said it is important for the leaders and members of the community to be proactive instead of reactive.
"We need to know that we have the government behind us. We are here today to ask for your support. Sometimes silence is not the way to go," Ms. Harrison said.
Joining Ms. Harrison in her appeal was Gary Honeman, who represents Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality.
Since January, this panel has functioned as an advocacy group to promote racial justice in Carroll County.
Mr. Honeman and Ms. Harrison say they share the views of the commissioners regarding the importance of keeping the Carroll community free of racial problems.
"It is important that we work together to attain racial harmony in our community, schools and on the streets," Mr. Honeman said.
Both Ms. Harrison and Mr. Honeman said the panels they represent will become more active in educating members of the community on racial issues.
Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality is attempting to obtain grant money for future educational programs.
Board approves 2 plans
MOUNT AIRY -- The town Planning and Zoning Commission approved two housing projects at its meeting Monday night.
The board approved a plan for Mount Airy Manors -- 36 town houses east of North Main Street and north of the Friendly Acres subdivision.
The project formerly was called Mount Airy Hamlet.
The board also approved a plan for a 36-lot subdivision in Nottingham Village, on the south side of Watersville Road east of Route 27.
The commission is continuing its revision on the town's master plan, Town Planner Teresa M. Bamberger said.
The next master plan workshop is at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Town Hall.