County opposes using staff to review sprinkler plans CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

January 05, 1993|By Staff report

Carroll's commissioners said yesterday they do not want county personnel to review sprinkler plans for homes in the City of Westminster because workers do not have time.

The city is considering adopting an ordinance that would require sprinklers in new duplexes and single-family homes and in homes that are converted into apartments.

City officials asked the commissioners whether county personnel could review the plans to make sure they comply with the ordinance, if it is passed.

The city does not employ anyone with the technical knowledge to review the plans.

Scott Campbell, assistant chief of the Bureau of Emergency Services, said workers in the bureau have the necessary technical ability, but reviewing city plans would put a strain on personnel.

Commissioner Julia W. Gouge said the county would not be able to review such plans if other Carroll towns passed similar ordinances.

Commissioner Donald I. Dell said it is hard for the county to do work for the city when the state continues to reduce the amount of money it gives to the county.

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