Decision on plan for Obrecht Rd. is put off by council

May 11, 1993|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

After a public hearing last month and much debate on how to realign Obrecht Road, the Sykesville Town Council planned to vote on its recommendation last night.

Once again, about 50 people filled the Town House and asked to be heard on the issue. After nearly an hour of comment on the county's proposed loop around the north end of the Fairhaven retirement community and the town's proposed southern route, council members voted to delay acting on the proposal.

"I propose we defer action until the June 14 meeting, to allow the Planning Commission to give its specific recommendation," said Mayor-elect Kenneth Clark, who will take office at the May 24 meeting.

If the commission recommends the southern route -- extending Third Avenue -- Mr. Clark said he wanted to hear how to make the road safer.

Mr. Clark told the audience cost estimates on both options would be available at the Town House.

Residents will be able to comment at the June 7 planning session and before the council votes. As a last recourse, residents can take their concerns to the county, which has final approval of the project.

Most of last night's audience opposed the southern extension. Many said it would lead to increased congestion on town streets.

Councilman-elect Garth Adams, who was in the audience, released information he had learned from the State Highway Administration. Traffic monitoring on an average day in 1990 showed 5,149 cars on the road, he said.

Councilman Jonathan Herman, also a Planning Commission member, said he was willing to listen to any new options. He cautioned the town to act soon.

"If we beat this issue to death, the county is going to give up on us," said Mr. Herman.

Sykesville has been "pushing hard" to get an Obrecht Road realignment into the county capital budget for five years, he said. "It's in the budget, but the county is waiting for direction from us."

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