County to pay for Spout Hill Rd. repairs SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersaburg * Gamber

April 21, 1993|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

The county Public Works Department hopes it has sent Sykesville a repair offer the town can't refuse: It has offered to pay $4,000 for material and $6,000 for manpower and equipment to repair Spout Hill Road.

Town Council members said the heavily used road, which xTC connects Third Avenue to Main Street, is in a dangerous state of disrepair. Without county-funded repairs, the council has said, it would consider shutting the road to traffic.

The town has repaired the county's sewer line, which runs under the road, at a cost of $165,000. All but about $35,000 of that came from state grant money.

Sykesville is holding the county responsible for the entire cost of above-ground repairs.

The county offer also includes $6,300 for an outstanding bill that dates to a 1987 repair project on the road. At the time, the town said the road was unusable and closed it, but a few days later county road crews repaired the damage and billed the town for the work, said Mayor Lloyd Helt Jr.

"The county did that work and asked us to pay half the bill," the mayor said. "We never agreed on that."

That bill remained in dispute until the county's offer.

After several inspections, Keith Kirschnick, the county public works director, said Spout Hill Road needs repaving with a 1 1/2 -inch-deep concrete surface.

The mayor said the $17,000 offer was a start.

"We will see what we can do with that," he said.

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