Annexation efforts moving forward

February 04, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

New Windsor officials are in the final annexation stages for about 7 acres of Brethren Service Center property, while the county begins its annexation request for another parcel for the new middle school on Route 75.

During the portion of Wednesday night's council meeting that was devoted to a public hearing on the Brethren Center land annexation, no one commented on the issue.

The hearing was continued until the next council meeting to give the town and county agencies time to exchange paperwork on the property.

The Brethren Church plans to build a retirement community there.

Discussing the other parcel, for the new school, Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. said county school officials have "finally" submitted a draft of their annexation petition.

If all the paperwork is handled efficiently, the county's request to have the town annex the parcel could be introduced at the March council meeting, the mayor said.

In other business, Mr. Gullo reported that a second well drilled on property off Route 31 across from Ryland Homes will not produce the quality and quantity of water that New Windsor needs for further development.

The well at one time had pumped 700 to 1,000 gallons of water per minute. But the water was too cloudy to meet government standards, the mayor said. After it was was pumped for 24 hours, the water cleared up. But the well did not produce at the 150-gallons-per-minute rate the town requires.

Mr. Gullo said the drillers will rate the well to see how much water it could add to the town system if it is ever needed.

On their first attempt, the drillers struck little more than mud on the property about 75 feet from the site of the second well.

Mr. Gullo also announced Wednesday night that future council meetings will be held in the Fire Department's activities hall, to accommodate more people and to bring the town into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires access for handicapped people.

The council chambers, above the fire hall at the top of a long, steep flight of stairs, are not handicapped-accessible.

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