Council to review legislation tonight, including plan to expand water service Cable TV service also is on agenda

November 22, 1993|By James M. Coram | James M. Coram,Staff Writer

The County Council intends to review six pieces of legislation at its 8 p.m. work session tonight, including administration plans to expand county water and sewer service to some Clarksville and Marriottsville residents.

The legislative review covers more than a third of the items aired at last week's public hearing. The review also includes legislation:

* Increasing the amounts employees may spend on purchases without approval.

* Creating an equal business opportunity program.

* Creating an equal opportunity commission.

* Imposing stricter customer service requirements on cable television franchises.

* Providing procedures for sharing septic systems in clustered rural subdivisions.

Bills usually are scheduled for work sessions if council members are critical of them or are planning amendments.

The proposed water and sewer expansion, for instance, has raised fears among some residents that bringing public water to those rural areas will lead to increased development.

But County Executive Charles I. Ecker has said the legislation is necessary to assure that residents have pure drinking water.

Wells in the Clarksville business district have been contaminated with toxic solvents and salt since 1985. Those in Marriottsville are not contaminated, but are near the Alpha Ridge landfill. Toxic contaminants have been discovered in test wells at the landfill.

Last week Councilman C. Vernon Gray, D-3rd, used the purchasing bill as an occasion to raise questions about how the administration selects managers for county police and fire pension funds. Mr. Gray contended that the county purchasing department is selecting fund management companies without competitive bids.

Council Chairwoman Shane Pendergrass, D-1st, asked for the administration "to put the costs of the pensions in writing" for tonight's work session.

Mr. Gray said the county needs to show what improvements, if any, are being made in equal business opportunity.

Mr. Gray asked Deputy County Administrator Cecil Bray to come to tonight's work session armed with figures comparing the amount of business minority contractors were doing with county government in 1986 with the amount being done since then.

A bill dealing with cable television customer service and a resolution dealing with rates cable companies charge subscribers also have drawn council queries. Mrs. Pendergrass has asked the county cable advisory committee to provide more information.

A bill allowing shared sewage facilities for developers of clustered developments in largely rural areas of the county will get more scrutiny after the measure received criticism.

The council will make tentative decisions about the legislation tonight and vote on it and 11 other bills and resolutions on Dec. 6.

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