County to halt erosion near Mount Airy library SOUTHWEST -- Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield

May 14, 1993|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

Carroll County is working to halt erosion on Ridge Avenue in Mount Airy that developed when a new library and senior center were built, county and town officials said yesterday.

Tom Rio, chief of Carroll's bureau of building construction, said the erosion is caused by storm water runoff from the road and from a gutter in front of the library.

"The gutter is a minor contributing factor to the runoff," he said. "But technically, it's a factor."

He said runoff from the gutter spills into the road where the erosion occurs, adding to the problem.

Residents and town officials said the runoff and erosion have been problems since the Carroll County Public Library and Senior Center were completed several months ago.

"We're having some problems," said Teresa Bamberger, Mount Airy's town planner. "Water is not draining properly off the road. There is a lot of erosion."

Erosion has occurred on the west side of Ridge Avenue, #F opposite the library and senior center, she said.

Runoff from the road is eroding the backfill that the contractor, Scarpulla Peter of Baltimore, who built the library and senior center, put over a pipe on the west side of Ridge Avenue. The pipe runs underneath the road.

"These are minor items the contractor needs to pay attention to," Rio said. "We're at the point in the project where we're talking to the contractor.

"It's something we're aware of and we're in the process of repairing and making whole. Public safety is not an issue."

He said a hole on the west side of the road was being filled yesterday.

Mr. Rio said the drainage pipe underneath Ridge Avenue is working correctly and runoff from the site is flowing into a storm detention pond in the Merridale Gardens subdivision.

"I don't think [the pipe] is the problem," he said. "It's working properly. The backfill on the pipe and slope could have been done better."

Joseph Roemer, president of the Merridale Homeowners Association, said residents there have approached the Town Council about the erosion.

"It's not an issue at this point where homeowners choose to get involved," he said. "We've talked to [town officials] and have been assured they are working with the county to get the matter resolved."

Although the storm detention pond was initially built for the Merridale development, town officials and residents said it is large enough to handle the additional runoff from the library and senior center.

"It's a very large pond, and very effective in controlling water and purifying the water before it reaches the environment," Mr. Roemer said. "But there is a problem that has to be addressed. It's a problem that should be addressed and should be addressed rather quickly."

Ms. Bamberger agreed.

"We've had one of the rainiest springs in a long time and that certainly hasn't helped," she said.

"But it's not just a problem because of that. It will become a long-term problem unless it's corrected. That's why we need to deal with it."

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