County officials, mayors to hold town-county meeting

February 12, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

The Carroll County commissioners and local mayors have agreed to meet for a second Town-County Partnership Conference to discuss economic development and county services.

Hampstead Mayor C. Clinton Becker suggested the idea yesterday during a quarterly meeting of the commissioners and mayors at the County Office Building.

At the first town-county meeting in December 1990, officials discussed a plan to guide county growth into the 21st century. The meeting was designed to promote cooperation among the county and town governments.

Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown suggested yesterday that officials should discuss a report being written by a subcommittee of the county's Economic Development Commission. The report, which the commissioners are due to get April 15, is about a study of the county's work force, available industrial land and the impact of industrial growth on county finances.

It is important for officials to talk about county goals for economic development, Mr. Brown said.

Mr. Becker suggested that the officials also should talk about a Feb. 1 report to the commissioners on the county's infrastructure -- such as roads, schools, emergency services and utilities -- and whether it is adequate to handle future growth.

That report, from a citizens' advisory committee chaired by Union National Bank President Joseph Beaver Jr., recommends standards for school facilities, water, sewer, solid waste management and emergency services.

The town-county meeting is tentatively scheduled for May, but may be moved to September if the economic development report gets delayed.

Also yesterday, the mayors discussed recycling and waste collection in the county.

Mr. Brown has long advocated county coordination of recycling efforts and mandatory recycling. He urged the commissioners yesterday not to raise the $40-per-ton tipping fee at the landfill.

County Comptroller Eugene C. Curfman said he has calculated what the tipping fee should be next year, but he would not say what the figure is because he has not yet told the commissioners.

He said the towns would see any increase as a penalty. Most of Carroll's towns are recycling at least 20 percent of their solid waste now to to save money on tipping fees, he said.

Tipping fees are used to finance landfill operations.

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