New Windsor government takes over water search NORTHWEST--Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

August 06, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

The New Windsor government is assuming responsibility for finding another water source for the town's expanding development.

Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. said the developers have had long enough to find a solution to a problem he feels was the town's from the beginning.

"The whole idea of infrastructure . . . is basically the town's responsibility," Mr. Gullo said Wednesday during the monthly council meeting. "We can put in a public works agreement who is to produce what and who's responsible to provide what, but, in the end, the developers' only job is to build houses here and pay tap fees.

"Those fees, in turn, are used to make the improvements necessary to facilitate the developments," Mr. Gullo said.

The town government last month placed a limit on development until a water source is found to supplement the town's supply. Developers are restricted to building 12 units until a source that pumps at least 100 gallons of water a minute is found.

Because developers of Atlee Ridge, Blue Ridge Manor and Springdale Retirement Village have been unsuccessful in finding well or spring of that capacity, Mr. Gullo asked the council to allow the town's engineers to look into the matter.

Mayor Gullo believes he is doing a favor for the developers in town -- at least that's what he tried to tell them Wednesday night.

"When the town [government] signed the public works agreements, we implied that we wanted development," Mr. Gullo said. "It is now up to us to accommodate the developer."

In other business, the Town Council voted to join the other Carroll municipalities in applying to the Federal Communications Commission to have input on cable service regulation in the county.

New Windsor will join Union Bridge and Westminster in paying for an attorney to interpret the more complex aspects of the regulations, Mr. Gullo said. He said the other municipalities are expected to join.

"We put a $5,000 cap on the amount we will pay for the lawyer so it won't be ridiculous," Mr. Gullo said.

Each town will pay a share of the attorney's fee proportional to its cable usage, Mr. Gullo said.

New Windsor, which accounts for about 1.2 percent of cable usage in the county, will pay 1.2 percent of the $5,000 the municipalities agreed to contribute, or $60.

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