Sykesville gets a wish list of improvements Obrecht Road is a top priority

December 08, 1992|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

Sykesville Town Manager James L. Schumacher last night presented to the town Planning and Zoning Commission nine capital projects that could be financed if the town raises its $225 impact fee for new home construction.

With the list of projects as justification, the commission can ask the Town Council to raise the impact fee.

Mr. Schumacher listed improvements to Obrecht Road as a top priority.

"The county has told us that realignment of Oklahoma Road will definitely happen," he said.

He urged town officials to schedule a meeting with the County Commissioners to see what is stalling the estimated $1.5 million project.

County Planner Helen Spinelli said she would get an update on the county's plans for the road as soon as possible.

Oklahoma Avenue also must be improved. Plans call for widening the road to a minimum of 20 feet from Schoolhouse Road to a proposed intersection with Jamaka Heights. Cost for grading and paving is estimated at $45,000.

The town could also use money from the fees to purchase additional police and sanitation equipment as well as new computers for the town office.

Other improvements include:

* Transferring state ownership of Main Street to the town. The road requires a $60,000 upgrade to its storm drain; $45,000 for paving and $2,500 for signs.

* Transferring easement of a state-owned railroad spur to the town. The process would cost about $3,500 in legal fees and would require a public hearing.

* Sidewalk construction, set to begin this spring, along Third Avenue from Norris to Central avenues at a cost of $75,000.

* The development of a priority list for other road upgrades over a six-year period at an estimated cost of $340,000.

* Seeking the state's approval to initiate minimal improvements to a 2.2-mile stretch of Route 32 or full construction of a new divided highway and bridge.

The state already has said no to full construction, but Mr. Schumacher suggested getting cost estimates and writing to the state again.

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