Mount Airy to proceed with lights for ball field

August 02, 1994|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer

The Mount Airy Town Council voted last night to go ahead with the installation of lights at the Twin Ridge ball field.

Last month the council delayed purchasing the lights for 90 days, in response to opposition from Twin Ridge residents.

But Mayor Gerald Johnson told the council last night that the town would have to pay a "hefty" penalty if it postponed the purchase of the lights.

Councilman David Pyatt said Frederick County is paying for the $83,000 lights.

The council also voted that shields should be installed on the lights to reduce glare.

At a public hearing on the annexation of the 137-acre Kraft property, the council voted to continue the matter after learning that the Carroll County commissioners are opposed to granting a waiver to rezone the parcel.

The council scheduled another public hearing for 7:15 p.m. Aug. 29, so that members can discuss the annexation with the commissioners.

Magna Holdings Inc. of Baltimore plans to build 180 to 200 single-family houses if the annexation proceeds.

But the company needs the waiver from county commissioners to get the zoning changed from low-density to high-density residential. The land now is zoned for one housing unit per acre.

In a letter to the Mount Airy Council, the commissioners wrote that they cannot support a waiver.

They wrote that rezoning might lead to school crowding and public safety and traffic problems.

Last week, the county Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that the county commissioners grant the waiver. If the waiver isn't approved, the developer must wait five years to change the zoning of the land.

After studying the annexation proposal, the county school board said the development would not cause school crowding.

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