Manchester strives for 'Tree City' New ordinance guides planting NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

November 11, 1992|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

Manchester took the first step toward becoming a Tree City USA last night as the Town Council unanimously adopted a tree ordinance.

The new ordinance guides residents planting new trees and stipulates how to prune.

It also establishes a tree commission, which Councilwoman Charlotte Collett will chair. Ms. Collett presented a list of seven residents who will serve staggered terms from one to three years. State forester Donna Baker and Neil Ridgely, the county landscaper, will serve as standing members along with Tom Young of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

"We will send in our ordinance, our commission names, a financial statement and proclamation to the state," said Ms. Collett. "Hopefully, both Hampstead and Manchester will be recognized at the same time." Hampstead adopted a similar ordinance last month.

Ms. Collett said she has also notified the Audubon Society of the program.

The Carroll County Commissioners will hold the annual Arbor Day celebration in Manchester next spring, she said.

In other council business, several residents of the Hilltop Road and Charmil Drive areas west of town told the council they would like to hook into the town's sewer system. They have formed a five-member, ad hoc committee and plan to meet with state representatives to discuss a low-interest loan for the project.

Town Manager Terry Short said he will conduct a tour of the town's water and sewer facilities at the residents' request. Those interested should meet at the parking lot across from the Town Office at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Mr. Short also said he is developing a solid waste and recycling ordinance for the council to consider. The proposal would reclassify multi-family rental housing as a business, no longer entitled to residential trash rates. All businesses affected by the change will be notified before the council votes on the proposal, he said.

"I would like to see that proposal publicized before we consider it," said Councilman Geoffrey S. Black. "I would like input from town businesses."

The council deferred action on revisions to the attendance and leave policy for municipal employees, pending further study. Council members considered increasing holidays from 10 to 12 a year, to include Presidents Day and Veterans Day; an increase in personal days from three to four; and two additional vacation days.

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