Man cited for keeping 40 cars on his propertyCarroll...


June 15, 1994

Man cited for keeping 40 cars on his property

Carroll County zoning officials last week cited a Taneytown man for parking 40 cars on his property in the 6200 block of Taneytown Pike.

Neighbors complained that Christopher Loveland had parked too many cars on his 5-acre property in the agriculture district, Zoning Administrator Solveig Smith said yesterday.

County zoning law allows a person to park a reasonable number of cars on a property in the agricultural zone, depending on what the property is used for, she said. The exact number of cars allowed is not written in the law.

"This man claims he drives a different one to work every day, and he loves them all," Ms. Smith told the county commissioners.

He said he might be able to store the cars in a large barn on his property, she said.

Mr. Loveland may appeal the citation to the county Board of Zoning Appeals.

If he doesn't appeal or move some of the cars, he could be fined $100 a day for every day the 40 cars remain scattered around his property.

"It is not a pretty site," Ms. Smith said.

Ordinance considered to allow farm compost

Carroll County Commissioners are considering a change to the county zoning ordinance that would allow farmers to establish compost piles to make fertilizer that they could then sell.

Any farmer who wanted to establish such a business would have to go before the Board of Zoning Appeals at a public hearing, Zoning Administrator Solveig Smith said yesterday.

Farmers who establish compost piles for their own use would not need county permission.

Farmers could accept yard waste from towns or haulers.

They also could accept animal waste, but not sludge or dead animals, she said.

"Perhaps it would nurture some side businesses for farmers," Ms. Smith said of the proposed change.

Route 832 to close for a two-week period

The State Highway Administration will close Route 832 (Old Taneytown Road) to through traffic between Pleasant Valley Road and Baugher Road for approximately two weeks beginning on or about Monday.

The state will replace deteriorating concrete box culverts.

Motorists are advised to take Pleasant Valley Road to Route 140 and back to Route 832 as a detour route.

Signs will alert motorists of the detour route.

The work is being done as part of an existing $998,000 area-wide contract awarded to John W. Brawner Contracting Co. Inc. of Phoenix, Md.

Information: (410) 333-1122.

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