Cloverberry parking woes get rerun Some spaces are on city property

August 10, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

For the second time in as many meetings, the Taneytown City Council listened last night to parking complaints from residents of the Cloverberry housing development.

Nathan Fowler, a truck driver for the county roads department, told the council he has no place to park in his Clover Court neighborhood.

"The parking spaces is terrible," Mr. Fowler told the council. "It's in our deed that we have one space, but we have nowhere to park."

City Manager Joseph A. Mangini Jr. said each court in the 17-year-old development has specific rules on parking. The parking spaces directly in front of houses on Clover Court belong to the property owners, he said, and the spaces in the center island are city property.

Mr. Fowler's home sits off the street. The only land in front of his home is his neighbor's yard, which, according to his deed, is his property. "What is happening [on Clover Court] is that some [people] are parking in the spaces closest to their homes and it's someone else's property," Mr. Mangini said.

During last month's council meeting, a few residents from Daisey Court and Red Tulip Court voiced the same concerns. Daisy Court's parking situation is almost identical to Clover Court's, but the parking spaces and the roadway on Red Tulip Court are owned by the city, Mr. Mangini said.

Councilman Henry C. Heine said the city has been letting the situation fester and should meet with the residents court by court in the Cloverberry development.

"We've been delaying this for 10 years. It's starting to get a little absurd," Mr. Heine said.

In other business, the City Council authorized Mr. Mangini to apply for a $100,000 grant the Maryland Department of the Environment for the city's $1.5 million sewer rehabilitation project.

Mr. Mangini said the vote was just a formality, because the money was approved by the General Assembly.

The city has received a $600,000 water quality revolving loan from the state for the project. Mr. Mangini said he is still waiting to hear about an $800,000 Community Development Block Grant -- federal money distributed to local municipalities by the state -- he applied for in late June.

The council rejected a proposal-- which was requested by the county planning department -- to adopt an ordinance establishing a city procedure for providing adequate public facilities before each subdivision receives final approval.

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