Taneytown council tables skate park

January 11, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

After five months of debating building a skate park for Taneytown youth, the City Council voted last night to drop the issue until it could find adequate insurance.

Mayor Henry I. Reindollar Jr. said the city staff contacted seven local insurance agencies, but only one carried such a policy.

Officials at ABCO Insurance Agency Ltd. in Reisterstown said a policy covering accidents up to $100,000 per incident "would cost between $4,000 and $10,000 per year, depending on the size and supervision," the mayor said.

"I just don't understand why they look at this as an extraordinary risk," said Councilman James L. McCarron.

He has said he doesn't see any difference between insuring a skate park and the city's playgrounds.

The mayor and four council members spent 15 minutes discussing the proposed recreation spot.

Councilwoman Jacquelyn J. Polk told David Hess, Daniel Harmon and Joe Dougherty, three of the boys who proposed the skate park, "Gentlemen, as you can see we are beating around the bush on this, but without the insurance, we can't go with it."

Councilman Henry C. Heine Jr., who had championed the skate park, did not attend the meeting.

Outside City Hall, the boys vowed not to give up on their project.

"This isn't over. We're not giving up," David said. "At least I'm not."

Joe and Daniel said they would begin calling insurance companies on their own to see if they could find a better policy and a better price.

In other business last night, the council voted to buy a new cruiser for the city Police Department.

The city will buy a Ford Crown Victoria from Crouse Ford for $13,625.

The council also voted to trade in the Police Department's 1984 Ford Crown Victoria. The $600 trade-in will be applied toward the new vehicle.

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