Panel delays review of power station plans

December 16, 1996

Frederick County Planning Commission has delayed reviewing plans for the proposed Allegheny Power Co. substation in Mount Airy until Jan. 8.

The Planning Commission was to have reviewed the plans last week, but rescheduled after learning that the utility plans to drop its appeal of a zoning board decision. The county also is considering a change in its zoning law that could affect the substation.

Neighboring residents have opposed Allegheny Power's original design for a substation topped by a 65-foot pole on Parr's Ridge, the highest point between the Catoctin Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay.

Residents argued that the utility should be required to make the substation and pole as unobtrusive as possible.

Attorney Peyton P. Phillips said Allegheny Power is willing to drop its suit as long as a wall initially required to conceal the substation not apply to other building phases.

The Planning Commission had told Allegheny Power to build masonry walls to screen the station and tower. The zoning appeals board overturned that condition, but limited its action to plans for the utility's first phase, a 34.5 kilovolt substation on a half-acre site.

Phillips said the utility filed suit because he feared that the wall would remain a condition for a second phase that would allow the substation to expand to 230 kilovolts on a 2 1/2 -acre site.

Planning Commission member Robert White said a proposed zoning text amendment defining enclosures could affect the Allegheny Power site.

South Carroll High announces honor roll

South Carroll High School has announced its honor roll for the first quarter of the school year.

Juniors who achieved all A's on their report cards are:

Aila Albrecht, Kristin Carter, Caron Culver, Kimberley Daniel, Laurie Davis, Misty Davis, Joshua Elder, John Ely, John Gue, Steven Heinrich, Heather Hemphill, John Hoover, Christopher Horn, Russell Hudspeth, Elicia Karras, Kyle King, Jill Krebs, Heidi Lerous, Lauren Lokey, Heather Long, Keith Long, Kristin Lutz, Maria Markovic, Kristina Marsh, Alexander Martinex.

Amy Martinex, Brooke Maynard, Stephen McClearn, Adam McCready, Nicholas McCready, Tammy McCready, Shannon McDonald, Christopher Melito, Christina Miller, Melissa O'Brien, Kristi Oestrich, Melissa Pahl, Daniel Pekala, James Phipps, Allison Rabinovitz, Chad Rabinovitz, Michael Rabinovitz, Timothy Rippeon, Caroline Rodgers, Harmony Schell, Joseph Shaffer, Christina Shepard.

Lauren Smedley, Steven Smith, Amanda South, Heather Stoetzer, Andrew Stroter, Andrew Taylor, Smith Thepvongs, Larry VanSant, Nicholas Wachter, Emily Welch, Amy Whalan, Lauren White, Adam Willard, Amy Wilson, Katherine Wolbert, Jessica Wolfing, Ryan Wynne.

Fire

Mount Airy: Firefighters responded at 2: 40 p.m. Thursday to a house fire in the 9700 block of High View Avenue in Montgomery County. Units were out 30 minutes.

Pub Date: 12/16/96

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