Recycling day lengthened, but deployment of bins is uncertain

April 05, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll's mayors need to know whether the county commissioners want to use recycling bins in the towns in the future, Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown said at the quarterly mayors' meeting yesterday at the County Office Building.

In mid-March, without consulting the mayors, the commissioners decided to remove 14 red recycling bins because people were tossing garbage into them.

Some mayors complained about the removal, saying the 1-ton bins are needed and not all are being used improperly.

Commissioner Donald I. Dell said the commissioners are not ignoring the issue.

"It's really a very complicated thing to work out," he said.

The county has announced it has expanded the hours to recycle Saturday at the Northern Landfill in Reese to 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The hours had been 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Comptroller Eugene C. Curfman, who oversees county recycling, said he also is looking into placing recycling bins in areas outside the towns.

Mr. Dell said county staffers also are studying whether supervised bins could be placed in a different area of the county each day of the week.

The commissioners' administrative assistant, Robert A. "Max" Bair Jr., said the county needs to know what the towns are willing and able to do about the recycling bins.

Commissioner Julia W. Gouge said the commissioners likely will decide soon whether to make recycling mandatory in the county.

Also yesterday, Mayor Brown said he and the other mayors agree that the county should impose the highest impact fee possible to pay for services and infrastructure.

"Growth should pay for itself," he said.

Carroll cannot have adequate facilities, low taxes and low impact fees, Mr. Brown said: "You simply can't have all three together."

The commissioners are considering a recommendation from a consultant that impact fees be increased by as much as $1,762 per house.

Tischler & Associates Inc. recommended that the county increase its impact fee from $2,700 for a single-family house to $4,462.

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