Howard Co. opposes quest for annexation

September 08, 1993|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

The Sykesville Planning Commission learned last night that construction has begun on one town park but that another potential recreational site remains mired in controversy.

Howard County opposes landowner William Tisano's request for Sykesville to annex an eight-acre site along the Patapsco River south of town.

"We are not telling Sykesville how to run its business, but we want to present our concerns," said Joseph Rutter, Howard County's planning director. "The proposed uses are not permitted in our current building plan. Any extensive expansion of retail businesses would also be inconsistent."

Mr. Tisano has proposed several facilities for public use on the site, which is part of the 100-year flood plain.

On a more optimistic note, Richard Soisson, Carroll's director of Parks and Recreation, told the commission that Sykesville

Park, a $1 million project on a 90-acre site along Raincliffe Road, "has moved along quickly."

"We need to keep it open for a lot of potential uses. Land is very hard to get, and we want to maximize it," he said.

When the state, which is leasing the park site to the county, made more land available, the county jumped at it.

"Carroll County has recently accepted another 30 acres adjoining the southern end of the park," Mr. Soisson said. "It can be developed in the future." On completion of the first phase of the park, residents will have use of six ball fields and two multipurpose fields. Seeding and grading should be completed this fall, he said. "Realistically, by spring 1995, players will be on the ball fields," he said.

That would coincide with the reconstruction of Obrecht Road and the closing of eight fields the Sykesville Little League has been using for several years.

Mr. Soisson left a map of the facility at the Town House for residents to review.

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