Sykesville * Gamber


February 03, 1993

Commission reviews water management

Sykesville needs to improve its storm water management ordinance, the town's Planning and Zoning Commission was told this week.

"It is imperative to update the town ordinance and base it on the county ordinance, which has been in effect since 1991," Helen Spinelli, the county's comprehensive water and sewer planner, said at the commission's meeting Monday.

Ms. Spinelli has proposed several changes in the town ordinance, including a change in grading and a requirement for fencing around all water management ponds.

"The ordinance contains no landscaping requirement," she said. "If that's the element you want, we can ask Neil Ridgely [landscape plans reviewer] to recommend vegetation."

The commission hopes to see Mr. Ridgely's comments by its March 1 meeting. Ms. Spinelli said she would prepare a presentation for the April meeting.

"We would like to introduce the right plants and get one step ahead of Mother Nature," said Jonathan Herman, the council's liaison on the Planning Commission.

"Right now we have a problem in and around the ponds. If we use suggested vegetation from day one, we can keep maintenance lower."

The Town Council will review the new ordinance Feb. 8.


* Gamber: Fire units from the Gamber fire station were dispatched for a pole on fire at Route 91 and Route 32 at 6:36 p.m. Monday.

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