Dispute over Spout Hill Road waged in unending revisions

January 26, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

The county and town tug of war over who will pay for repairs to Spout Hill Road continues.

"We signed and sent the county the revision to the revision to the revision," Sykesville Mayor Kenneth W. Clark said Monday. "The ball is in their court now. We are comfortable with what we have put together."

Without an agreement, the road will dominate a proposed March 17 luncheon meeting with the county commissioners at the Town House.

"Maybe we should all meet at the bottom of Spout Hill Road instead," said Councilman Garth Adams.

Because the county's underground water pipe has damaged the road, Sykesville contends that the county should pay for repairs.

Dangerously deep potholes mar the heavily traveled road, which connects Third Avenue with Main Street. Water leaks and treacherous ice patches forced the town to close the road to through traffic for a week last month.

It was reopened after town crews built a temporary trench to keep water off the road surface. Town Manager James L. Schumacher said, "The trench is a temporary solution."

"We know the county attorney has reviewed our revision and sent it to the commissioners," said Mr. Schumacher. "We just don't know what the attorney recommended."

Mr. Clark said he hoped road repairs -- at the county's expense -- could begin this spring.

"I had [Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy's] ear at the Fire Department banquet," said Mr. Clark. "He seemed to be listening."

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