Brown, Dell lock horns over recycling again

November 13, 1992|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown and Carroll Commissioner Donald I. Dell sparred briefly again yesterday over recycling in the county.

"Recycling is a countywide concern," Mr. Brown declared during a quarterly meeting between the commissioners and mayors at the County Office Building.

"You come in here and shake your finger at us," Mr. Dell rebuked him, adding that those involved need to talk about the issue with an open mind.

A Solid Waste Study Committee is looking at how waste collection could be handled countywide and is due to report to the commissioners in February, Mr. Dell said.

The commissioner said he doesn't want to do anything to put small trash haulers out of business.

"That's my concern -- free enterprise," he said.

Mr. Brown asked the commissioners to let town officials know in advance whether yard waste will be banned from county landfills so the towns can make plans to handle the waste.

Also yesterday:

* Comptroller Eugene C. Curfman reported that the county recycled 15.11 percent of its waste in September. The state requires that Carroll recycle 15 percent of its waste by 1994.

* Union Bridge Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. asked whether the county would consider a request from the town for a community library. The request had been put on hold because of budget cuts, he said.

"We're not looking for a fancy new building," he said, adding that the county could rent space.

Mr. Dell said the county will consider the request when the economy improves.

* Planning Director Edmund R. Cueman reported that the county is working on a "small-town planning concept" to encourage development that maintains the character of the county's towns. "We will retain our diversity," he said.

County planner Gregg Horner said the concept will help eliminate "cookie-cutter" developments.

Mount Airy Town Planner Teresa Bamberger explained how the town Planning and Zoning Commission has tried to implement this concept in Nottingham Village.

The commission has worked with the developer to help take advantage of open space and a valley view. Roads were narrowed and lots rearranged to take advantage of the topography, she said.

* Mayor Brown complimented Catherine Rappe, chief of the Bureau of Water Resource Management, for work she has done to help clean up a Westminster stream.

Westminster resident Monroe Haines has worked for years to clean up the stream, and Ms. Rappe and other county officials have helped, Mr. Brown said.

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