The Hampstead Town Council has approved transferring $24,000 budgeted for street repairs to pay for legal costs that have soared since July 1.
Mayor Christopher M. Nevin told the council Tuesday night that the town's $12,000 budget for legal fees has been spent.
Mr. Nevin said extra legal costs can be traced to the high number of ordinances recently introduced, the town's review of the final approval for the North Carroll Farms IV development, and a continuing correspondence with developers over the calculation of open space in four subdivisions.
In each instance, the town has had to pay additional fees to have lawyers write or review documents and letters.
In other matters Tuesday night, Ken Meekins was reappointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission. His five-year term extends until Dec. 31, 2000.
Councilman Wayne Thomas was reappointed as an ex-officio member of the Planning and Zoning Commission for another year.
The council had to postpone presenting a plaque to former Councilwoman Jacqueline Hyatt in recognition of her four years of service to the town.
Ms. Hyatt, who resigned Oct. 10, was unable to attend the meeting.
She will be invited again, at which time a presentation will be made, a spokeswoman for the town said yesterday.