The Taneytown City Council last night passed an ordinance that will make it legal to build on lots existing before June 1972 that the town had previously considered too small to develop.
Mayor Pro Tem W. Robert Flickinger said the proposal would affect about 22 lots.
Under the new law, lots smaller than 7,500 square feet could be developed if the buildings could meet other requirements, such as setbacks from streets.
Also last night, Steven D. Saul of the Community Map Co. of Pottsown, Pa., asked the council to distribute a map of the city that his firm would prepare.
The firm would pay for the map by soliciting advertisements from Taneytown merchants.
Under his proposal, the council would agree to distribute the map to every apartment, home and business in the city.
Mr. Saul estimated this would cost the city $300 to $500 for postage, unless the council decided to have it distributed by other means.
A member of the audience asked the council to support local business by allowing a local printer to bid on the project. Mr. Saul said his firm would withdraw from the project if that were done.
He also said his firm could produce the map more quickly and more cheaply. The company produced a map for the city in 1989.
Mayor Henry R. Reindollar Jr. was not present. Mr. Flickinger said the mayor had undergone quadruple-bypass heart surgery yesterday morning. He said the mayor was in intensive care but was doing well.
In other business, Lucille Remsburg asked the council to consider helping to pay for paving an alleyway between the Southern States scales and Baltimore Street.
"It's a mudhole and a water hole in the wintertime, and in the summer, it's dusty and dirty," she said.
She is an owner of the Baltimore Street building that houses the Country Kitchen restaurant.
A spokesman for Southern States also asked for the city's help.
The City Council voted to ask an engineer to estimate the cost of paving the area, about 12,400 square feet, before deciding whether to participate in the project.