Commissioners to draft resolution against tower

October 03, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

The Sykesville Planning and Zoning Commission will draft one of its most controversial resolutions tonight without assistance from a longtime member and present chairman.

As the newly appointed mayor of Sykesville, Jonathan Herman must resign from the commission before members formulate their opposition to a proposed telecommunications tower.

Cellular One plans to build the 200-foot tower on Hollenberry Road just outside town limits.

By a unanimous vote Thursday, the Town Council appointed Mr. Herman to the seat vacated when Mayor Kenneth W. Clark resigned last Monday. Mr. Clark is taking a job in Terre Haute, Ind.

"You can't serve as Planning Commission chairman and you should probably step down from the board completely," Dennis J. Hoover, town attorney, told Mr. Herman.

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. to review its objections to the tower.

"We will go over a list of objections and prepare a resolution," said James L. Schumacher, town manager.

He declined to say what the objections would be.

The county broke a long-standing agreement with the town when it did not give Sykesville a say in site plan approval for a project within a mile of its borders. The town appealed the decision and received 30 days to prepare its objections.

Mr. Schumacher must present the town's arguments to the county Planning and Zoning Commission on Oct. 18.

A successful appeal could force the county commission to rescind its earlier tower approval.

Mr. Herman, who has served as liaison to the Planning Commission during his two council terms, had opposed the tower since the town became aware of the project nearly a year ago.

Last month, he urged the commission to "take as harsh an action as we can on behalf of our citizens and those in the surrounding environs."

With his resignation, Ann Marie Osinga will chair the commission. An alternate to the commission will probably also be seated, Mr. Schumacher said.

Larry Shipley, clerk of the county Circuit Court, will swear in the new mayor this week at the County Office Building.

Mr. Herman's appointment also leaves a vacancy on the Town Council.

Anyone who is a registered voter and a town resident for a year may apply for the position and would serve until the May election.

Information: 795-8959.

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