Zoning hearing fails to draw commentsA public hearing...

CARROLL CAPSULES

September 20, 1992

Zoning hearing fails to draw comments

A public hearing Thursday on a proposed county ordinance that would prohibit drive-through facilities on sites with limited space for lines of traffic failed to draw citizens.

County Attorney Charles W. Thompson Jr. said the regulation is being sought to prevent "potential hazards" from long lines of cars spilling into streets. The regulation is one of several proposed amendments to the county's zoning ordinance.

The proposed amendments would allow farm machinery sales and service shops and facilities in the Conservation District, would regulate "mini-storage" facilities and restrict them to business zones, and would change requirements for paving at commercial sites.

The commissioners will continue to accept public comment on the amendments before taking action in about 10 days.

County orders removal of Taneytown sludge pit

The owner of a former sludge pit off Bear Run Road in Taneytown will be ordered to dismantle the facility, which has been a long-time environmental concern of neighbors, Commissioner Julia W. Gouge said.

The county has sent a letter to owner Robert C. Neal to remove the pit, which is the size of a football field, and restore the site to its former condition within 15 days. Mr. Neal failed to apply for a permit to use the facility as a silo or farm storage building.

"We're tired of the whole mess," Ann Brose, who lives on Sells Mill Road, told Mrs. Gouge during an informal meeting.

Ms. Brose and her neighbors have been battling the existence of the 8-foot-deep pit since it was built four years ago by a Baltimore sludge-management firm, Enviro-Gro Technologies Inc. That company has a contract with Mr. Neal.

The group battled the firm through the Carroll Board of Zoning Appeals to the courts and won a major victory last year before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. That court upheld a county zoning ordinance that forbids the use of the facility, which was built without a building permit or zoning approval.

The Maryland Court of Appeals denied the firm's request to hear the case.

When the legal avenues were exhausted, the county told Mr. Neal that he needed to seek a permit to use the facility for farm-related purposes or remove the structure, county officials said.

Solid waste panel studies trash pickup

The county commissioners have formed an ad-hoc committee to study the feasibility of a coordinated countywide trash collection.

The committee is expected to present the commissioners with a report and recommendation by Feb. 1, 1993. The report will include the feasibility of franchising routes or areas to haulers and financial implications.

The towns and the county have separate trash and recycling programs for residents. Haulers are required to provide recycling services, but citizens are not required to recycle.

Committee members are Naomi Benzil of Westminster; Arthur Peck of Westminster; Carroll J. Leister of Hampstead; Bill Woods of Woods Waste Removal, Westminster; Matt Brigance of Liberty Disposal, Sykesville; Dixie Hughes of Hughes Trash Removal, Hampstead; John Riley, the Hampstead town manager; Gary W. Bauer of Hampstead; James L. McCarron of Taneytown; David Roush of Lehigh Cement Co., Union Bridge; and Melvin Arbaugh Westminster.

B6 The committee's next meeting is at 4 p.m. Oct. 14.

Manager explains tire recycling plan

NEW WINDSOR -- Some 200,000 tires dumped each year at the Hood Landfill could be burned in cement kilns as part of a proposed tire recycling program at Lehigh Portland Cement Co., said David H. Roush, the firm's plant manager.

Mr. Roush told the county chapter of the Maryland Municipal League on Thursday that the Union Bridge firm hopes to burn about 2 million tires a year in its four cement kilns to reduce fuel costs.

"We could take all the tires Carroll and Frederick [counties] could send and then some," he said.

The firm has applied to the state to become part of a tire recycling program and hopes to begin the operation next summer, he said.

Mr. Roush said burning tires as a fuel in cement kilns can be done safely and without creating toxic emissions.

Burning tires, he said, provides a cheap fuel and is an ideal way to dispose of the 4.5 million used tires generated each year in Maryland.

"We think it's a pretty environmentally sound process," he said.

The company hopes to replace 18 percent to 20 percent of its fuel with tires, Mr. Roush said.

Westminster Mayor Benjamin Brown raised concerns about truck traffic as tires are brought to the Lehigh plant. He recommended that the company should consider rail transportation as an alternative.

Mr. Roush said the tire program would mean about six additional trucks traveling to and from the plant each day, and added that

rail transportation is a possibility.

Taneytown 2000 suspends activity

TANEYTOWN -- The city's fledgling business revitalization committee, Taneytown 2000, has decided to put its plans temporarily on hold until the state releases its final budget cuts.

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