New Windsor votes to annex 6 acres at Springdale Road

December 03, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

The New Windsor Town Council has voted to annex the land on which the Brethren Service Center plans to build a retirement village.

The council had stalled on the issue of extending the town limits to include the 6.63-acre parcel, which lies along Springdale Road.

Council members were concerned that the Heifer Project International animal barn on the property would violate a town law that prohibits raising farm animals within town limits.

But Town Attorney Marker J. Lovell told the council at its Wednesday night meeting that the land could be annexed to the town without violating the law because the agricultural use of the land was permitted before the land became part of the town.

"It was a permissible use before the land comes in town," Mr. Lovell said in an interview yesterday. "As long as [members of the Heifer group] keep using it the way they have and don't stop for a period of time, it can be authorized as an existing use at the time it comes in."

By applying such a "grandfather" interpretation of the law, the town can annex the land without creating an exception to its law, Mr. Lovell said.

A copy of the annexation resolution will be published in newspapers for four weeks.

A public hearing on the issue is scheduled during the February council meeting, Mayor Jack A. Gullo said.

In other business Wednesday, the council adopted the code book it has been using for more than a decade.

Each of the town's laws and regulations was codified about 12 years ago, but apparently the mayor and council at that time never adopted the bound ordinances as the official municipal code.

Mayor Gullo said he discovered the gaffe when he tried to order more copies of the code book and was told by the publisher that no more would be provided until the town had officially adopted it.

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