Residents air parking woes at council meeting

June 15, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

It was citizen's night in Taneytown yesterday, as about 25 residents filled the City Hall council chambers to complain about parking problems.

David Wantz, who owns several properties along East Baltimore Street, said his tenants lose business because parking spaces were eliminated when the State Highway Administration put "no parking" signs in front of their buildings.

Marvin Flickenger, another East Baltimore Street businessman, voiced the same complaint and said he feels the signs -- which dot the sidewalks beside yellow curbs -- are not aesthetically pleasing.

"Is that what you call revitalizing downtown Taneytown?" Mr. Flickenger asked.

Two delegations from different housing developments complained about parking conditions in their areas. Residents of the Carroll Heights area said people headed toward the nearby municipal ball fields use their street as a parking lot and often block their driveways. Residents from Cloverberry complained that there is not enough parking in their subdivision.

Mayor Henry I. Reindollar Jr. said each of the potential parking problems would be evaluated and discussed by the council, City Manager Joseph A. Mangini Jr. and Police Chief Melvin Diggs.

In other business, the council approved an operating budget that maintains the city's 78-cent tax rate for fiscal year 1994.

The city will take in and spend $1,788,000, a 12 percent increase over the current budget, said Mr. Mangini and Clerk/Treasurer Linda M. Hess, who introduced the budget to the council on June 7.

An increase in the taxable property base will generate the additional tax revenue.

The council held a public hearing before last night's meeting to discuss an application for a block grant that will pay for most of the city's $1.6 million sewer rehabilitation project.

Mr. Mangini said the city is "shooting for the max" in applying for an $800,000 Community Development Block Grant, which is federal money distributed to local municipalities by the state.

He said sewer work will probably begin around Oct. 1.

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