Commission rejects Boulder Hill pond SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

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

Problems with a Sykesville storm water management pon have sent the engineer for Boulder Hill Estates back to the drawing board.

At this week's Planning and Zoning Commission session, engineers for the town and the project were unable to agree on the proposed pond.

Commission members questioned the height of a retention wall, future maintenance of the pond and its concept, with which they said they were unfamiliar.

The sediment-control pond is designed to retain rain water so that the sediment it contains can be filtered out.

"It is unfair to ask us to lock into something we are not sure of," said Councilman Jonathan Herman, who also is a commission member. "We need more details before committing the town. It may be a good idea, but without a clear understanding, it is hard to approve."

In October, the commission gave the 18-lot Oklahoma Road development preliminary approval, contingent on a public works agreement and a storm water management plan. After their first view of that plan, members unanimously withheld approval.

Town Engineer Robert N. Bond called for further study, saying he was not prepared to state whether the retention pond would work.

Mr. Herman said the engineering plans were more complicated than the commission expected.

He also said he would like to see the county's assessment of the proposal.

The pond would be surrounded by a 12-foot retention wall, which commission members called unsafe.

"We ask developers to keep walls as low as possible -- about 4 feet -- for the safety of young residents," said Town Manger James L. Schumacher.

Mr. Schumacher recommended building shelves to prevent falls.

Mr. Herman said, "We have to safeguard the kids in this community."

Mr. Schumacher added that the pond inlay, which would be covered with sand, would be a constant maintenance problem for the town.

"We are all in favor of a pond," he said. "We are after a schematic, showing cross-section sketches of the structure."

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