Sykesville runs out of money to pay for town attorney

February 23, 1993|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

After extensive work on the Small Town Planning Guidelines, a lease with the state for the Gatehouse and a preliminary review of charter amendments, Sykesville has run out of money for the town attorney.

"We have exceeded the budget for legal fees for this fiscal year and have requested that all legal review be temporarily halted until further notice," said Town Manager James L. Schumacher at last night's Town Council meeting.

He said he will review the budget in search of additional money.

While costs also are increasing for town departments, supervisors told the Town Council they would try to keep their budgets in line with last year's figures.

By fixing town-owned vehicles, the Public Works Department can avoid any new purchases in fiscal 1994, said sanitation worker Gene Johnson.

He recommended buying new tires and a new bed at a cost of about $4,000 for a 13-year-old dump truck.

"The mechanics are sound but the body looks like Swiss cheese," he said.

Randy Hughes, of the Bureau of Streets and Sanitation, said miscellaneous supply costs are increasing. He, too, recommended keeping older vehicles.

"We spent $630 just for material to clear the roads Sunday," he said. "This year, we have already spent about $5,000 for salt on the roads."

Mr. Hughes' budget request included $60,000 for a recycling program and estimated trash tipping fees at about $65,000 for next year, based on the present $38 per ton charged by the county.

"That figure could change," said Council President Kenneth Clark. "We are hearing rumors of $50 a ton."

Police Chief Wallace Mitchell said his department would hold the line at $20,000 for new officers' salaries.

"We can't be competitive . . . but we can fill positions," he said.

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