Plan to cut paperwork for open space rejected

May 03, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Reporter

The Carroll County Commissioners yesterday rejected a proposal that was intended to reduce the paperwork required from the county Department of Recreation and Parks for municipal Program Open Space grants.

Richard J. Soisson, Recreation and Parks director, had proposed that the county should reimburse municipalities for 28 percent of their open space projects directly, rather than requiring them to submit plans to the state program.

County officials distribute state Program Open Space money based on a formula that averages 28 percent for each project, Mr. Soisson said, and his department helps municipal officials complete a complex state application for each project.

But before Mr. Soisson could make his presentation, the commissioners told him they opposed the proposal because it would lessen municipalities' responsibility to fight for Program Open Space money if the General Assembly decides to cut it from the state budget.

Robert A. "Max" Bair, the commissioners' administrative assistant, said the commissioners had discussed the proposal before Mr. Soisson was to present it yesterday.

"If you have one government pulling, you don't have nearly the same results as nine," Commissioner Julia W. Gouge said of the proposal.

The commissioners also said they wanted to retain the oversight that is built into the system. Projects currently must be approved by the county commissioners, the state Program Open Space committee and the state Board of Public Works, Mr. Soisson said.

Carroll County is to receive $564,000 in Program Open Space money for fiscal year 1995 starting July 1, he said.

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