Y's city water request would require change in master plan Council will take up issue tonight CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

November 23, 1992|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer

What began as a request from the Carroll County YMCA for water service from Westminster's city system may end up involving city, county and state government agencies.

A City Council committee plans to recommend that the Y seek public water and sewer service for its new Washington Road bTC facility, a request that will mean amending the county master plan.

That, in turn, will require approval from state agencies.

The committee recommendation is to go to the council at its meeting tonight. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Westminster Fire Co. hall on East Main Street.

"It's not a quick fix," said Councilman Edward S. Calwell, who chairs the public utilities committee.

"The YMCA will have to do what ever they have to do to ensure the quality of their water in the meantime."

The Y asked Westminster to extend public water after it discovered a bacterial problem in its well water in August. It was resolved quickly by chlorination, "but our confidence in that not recurring is not high," said David Stevenson, YMCA executive director.

Representatives of the Y had asked Westminster to extend public water when the association was planning its new building in 1988.

The council denied that request and an appeal, on the grounds that the building was outside the planned service area for public utilities.

The YMCA likely will need public water and sewer lines if it expands to meet growing demand, Mr. Calwell said.

He said the recommendation that the Y seek a master plan amendment grew out of a meeting of city, county and Health Department officials.

The county master plan for public water and sewer service stops at Carroll Community College, which abuts the YMCA property.

Also on tonight's council agenda is a discussion with county representatives of a proposed traffic study of Route 97 near the county air business center.

The council decided to seek additional information after Russell A. Sellman, chairman of the county Industrial Development Authority, asked the city to finance the $25,000 study.

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