$190,000 OK'd for house, lot at Piney Run

August 17, 1993|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

The Carroll commissioners yesterday agreed to pay $190,000 for a brick house and nearly two-acre lot that will provide living space for a Piney Run Park caretaker.

Richard J. Soisson, director of the county Recreation and Parks Department, said the ranch house, built in 1969, and its 1.79 acre lot are surrounded by the county-owned park near Sykesville.

The commissioners agreed to pay the appraised price of the property. The sale is contingent on the owner, Sylvia Coolahan, finding other housing, county officials said.

Mr. Soisson said the county has been interested in the property for a long time because of its location in the park and at the end of Martz Road, an access road to Piney Run.

"We'd always had an understanding with the Coolahans that the county would be interested in the property if it were available," he said.

Mr. Soisson said the location is ideal for a caretaker to watch for vandalism in the lake area and for illegal parking at the end of Martz Road. He said illegal parking has been a problem there in recent weeks.

The house "is directly across from the main park area, and anybody living there would have easy access to the lake," Mr. Soisson said. "If [he or she] heard noises at the lake, [he or she] could check for vandalism."

Under an agreement with the county, the caretaker would live in the home at reduced rent and be responsible for performing work within the 800-acre park.

Mr. Soisson said no caretaker has been hired yet and officials have no time frame set to hire one. The park does not have a caretaker now.

Other county-owned properties, have similar caretaker arrangements, Mr. Soisson said. The county will buy the Coolahan property with state Project Open Space money, he said.

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