Sykesville wants to keep recycling despite county's plan to remove bins

March 15, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll County officials have removed recycling bins from 14 locations, but Sykesville wants to keep its bin until officials can develop an alternative recycling program.

"We have been told ours [bin] is the cleanest," said Town Manager James L. Schumacher told the Sykesville council last night. "We need time to figure what we can do."

The county commissioners ordered other bins removed from towns in the county Saturday because recyclables were constantly contaminated with trash. Mayor Kenneth W. Clark said Sykesville has had no problem controlling what goes into its bin.

"We can control our situation," said the mayor. "We shouldn't have our bin removed because others can't police theirs."

He also complained that the county had given the town short notice.

"This is a hell of a way to start a recycling program," said the mayor. "You take away the one thing people are using to encourage recycling."

To continue the program without county support, Sykesville would have to purchase a smaller bin to fit on its recycling truck. Mr. Schumacher estimated the cost of a smaller bin at about $28,000.

The mayor said he would contact the commissioners today and asked Mr. Schumacher to research other options.

Also last night, Mayor Clark said the town and county have finally reached an agreement for repairs on Spout Hill Road. Officials have agreed to split the cost of installing four lateral pipes to the storm drain line.

"Lateral pipes will keep the road stable for several years," Mr. Clark said. "This is a good deal for both sides." The estimated cost would be about $2,000 each. The county would do the labor.

In addition, Sykesville may raise its parking fines from $10 to $25 for people who exceed the two-hour parking limit on Main Street.

Police Chief Wallace P. Mitchell proposed the increase and said he has asked the State Highway Administration for new signs.

The chief rescinded his proposal to eliminate several parking places along the narrowest section of Main Street. Members of the Sykesville Business Association had said the spaces were necessary to attract walk-in traffic.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.