Hampstead to ask agency to review traffic study

May 11, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

The Hampstead Town Council voted last night to ask the State Highway Administration (SHA) to review recommendations to alleviate traffic congestion on Main Street.

Mayor C. Clinton Becker and the council last night read the suggestions made by the town's traffic study committee. Town Manager John A. Riley suggested sending the recommendations to the SHA to help determine whether the proposed solutions were feasible.

"I already suggested that Gene Straub [SHA district engineer] walk through the town with Ken [Russell, town police chief] and I," Mr. Riley said. The council agreed with his suggestions.

The recommendations were submitted by Councilman Dwight W. Womer from the committee he convened to study the matter.

The most significant recommendation was to synchronize the traffic lights on Route 30. That was suggested by an earlier SHA study and was approved by the council.

The mayor and the council also voted to allow the county government to apply for state grant money for transportation and road planning on behalf of the town.

Each Carroll municipality is eligible for $5,000 from the state, but must apply for it, Mr. Riley said. The county wants to consolidate the money, manage it and administer road projects in the town.

In other business, the council voted to refund $173.20 to the county for taxes on 32.53 acres of property the Board of Education purchased for a new middle school, and voted to buy a sign to post in front of the Town Hall. Officials did not choose a design for the sign.

Mayor Becker said the town's fiscal 1995 budget of $816,257 has been revised slightly, with a few fluctuations in capital accounts. Officials last month had proposed a 47-cent tax rate, a 3-cent decrease from last year.

The council will hold a public hearing on the budget at 7 p.m. June 14.

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