Commissioners, model plane fliers reach agreement

December 26, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Carroll commissioners voted Thursday to approve a license agreement with the Westminster AeroModelers Club that allows members to fly model planes at the former Spiegel farm in Union Mills.

The land, near Kowomu Trail and Rinehart Road, is owned by the county.

Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Elmer C. Lippy voted; Commissioner Julia W. Gouge was not at the meeting.

The agreement restricts flying hours, in response to complaints from neighbors about the noise from the radio-controlled planes.

The two-page agreement says planes may fly between 10 a.m. and dusk Monday through Saturday and noon until dusk on Sundays. On the first Sunday of the month, only electric, glider or sail planes may fly.

No more than four planes will be in the air at one time, club member Raymond K. Miles Jr. said.

The agreement also says planes may not be flown over Rinehart Road or any land past the road, including part of the former Spiegel farm on the southeast side of Rinehart Road.

The club will be responsible for any damage to the crops, land or equipment used by tenant farmer, George Mullinix.

Mr. Miles and other members have been working for 23 years to find a permanent airstrip, he said.

"This agreement is the best way to manage and control our flying activities," he said. "I hope this ends the controversy."

Last year, club members flew planes at the closed John Owings landfill off Route 97 north of Westminster. The county began looking for another site after neighbors complained and signed petitions about the noise and disturbance to wildlife.

Grass has been planted at the new site, which should be ready for use this spring, Recreation and Parks Director Richard J. Soisson said.

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