New Windsor to build compost facility NORTHWEST -- Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

February 15, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

New Windsor has received an $11,500 grant that will enable town officials to build a compost facility for yard waste on Geer Lane, said Steven C. Horn, the town's county planner.

Mr. Horn said the town was notified Feb. 3 that the state Board of Public Works had approved the request, which was part of the town's recycling grant application filed Aug. 13.

"The town had already purchased land for the facility," Mr. Horn said. "Town officials will look into designing it and will decide how to proceed from there."

Town Clerk Richard Warehime said the facility will be built on the Yingling property where the recycling bins sit. The structure will store yard waste that can no longer go into the landfills, such as grass clippings and tree limbs.

New Windsor's grant application described the facility as having a compacted crushed gravel floor, a small parking lot and driveway of the same material and a 6-foot-high fence around it.

Mr. Horn said the grant money will cover all the work, including the grading and stabilizing of the ground

on which the structure will sit. A sediment trap also will be built to intercept run-off.

Mr. Horn said the town will probably landscape the area to make it aesthetically pleasing.

"It's a compost facility, but it can be a nice-looking facility," Mr. Horn said.

The grant money came from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, environmental services division.

Mr. Horn said he expects town officials to seek bids after they decide how they want the 1,000-square-foot structure -- 50 feet wide and 20 feet deep -- to look.

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