Golf course payment in lieu of taxes refused Hampstead plans later discussion

November 17, 1992|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Contributing Writer

The Hampstead Town Council last night refused to approve the request of Chuck Hollman, the lawyer for Oakmont Green Golf Course owner Lou Snyder, for a payment of $20,000 each January to be accepted in lieu of town taxes.

The council, after a brief discussion, postponed further discussion on the matter until next month.

Town Manager John A. Riley said that Charles A. Fisher, the Hampstead town attorney, recommended that the town should consider reducing the taxes on the golf course, which opened last spring.

"However, I haven't had the opportunity to work the numbers to see what impact it would have on revenues," Mr. Riley said.

He said he would study the tax reduction and report to the council next month.

In other action:

* The council approved a $40,000 settlement in a court case

involving an oil spill which resulted in leaks from underground storage tanks at the Hampstead Exxon station on Main Street. Leakage at the station, which was operated by the Eagle Oil Company, occurred in 1983 and 1984.

The settlement ended nearly a decade of litigation involving Jack A. and Virginia L. McCanney, who own the land where the station is located.

* The council awarded a bulk trash contract to Eastern Waste Industries.

Mr. Riley said that the company would begin bulk trash removal from residents starting in March 1993. Information regarding how the bulk trash pickups will be handled and what items can be hauled away will be sent to homeowners in their water bills, he said.

* Councilman Gary Bauer reported that Hampstead had the second highest recycling rate in Carroll County, and that last month the town had collected 39 tons of materials through its curbside pickups and the recycling bin near the post office.

* In final action, the council approved a change in the language of the Hampstead Zoning Code so that the town's zoning administrator no longer must be a town resident.

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