Sykesville officials will ask the Waste Management Administration of the Maryland Department of the Environment to set a public hearing on discharges from a Woodbine tank farm into the south branch of the Patapsco River.
"The Patapsco flows right past us and is an integral part of the town," said Councilman Jonathan Herman.
"We need more information on this dumping," he said.
If the MDE receives written requests by Jan. 18, it will schedule a hearing on Colonial Pipeline's permit application.
Mr. Herman thanked Monroe G. Haines, of Westminster, who calls himself the "watchdog of the Patapsco," for "enlightening" the Town Council last night.
Mr. Haines said Colonial Pipeline plans to release 30 million gallons of treated water from its pipe into the river.
"I believe other states are sending undesirable stuff through the pipelines into Maryland," Mr. Haines said.
He asked town officials to join him in protesting at the hearing.
"If we allow corporations to do this, there is no way to clean the Chesapeake Bay," Mr. Haines said.
"It also will aggravate your situation in Sykesville," he added.
The council also approved the appointment of Bill Oler as the town's building inspector last night. Mr. Oler began his two-year contract Jan. 3 and will work about 35 hours a week.
"Mr. Oler comes with high qualifications and recommendations," said Town Manager James Schumacher.
Mr. Oler, of Hampstead, retired after 33 years with the State Highway Administration. He will inspect all aspects of construction in town and will help upgrade utility drawings. His hourly salary will be paid with money collected from development fees.
Mr. Schumacher also gave council members new job descriptions for the town's 17 employees.
"What we had was outdated and we needed to get more in line with what employees are actually doing," he said.
Council members discussed a $25 weekend courtesy pay for public works employees who are on call. The proposal would add an additional $100 a month to the public works budget, Mr. Schumacher said.
Five employees will rotate the weekend duties and will be called to deal with serious accidents or weather-related trouble. After the employee reports to work, he will be on the clock at overtime pay.