Union Bridge planning $5.1 million improvements

December 19, 1997

Carroll County's smallest town is embarking on an ambitious $5.1 million, five-year capital improvement program, which represents approximately $5,000 for each of Union Bridge's 1,000 residents.

The Town Council plans to schedule a joint public hearing with the town planning commission on the draft version of Union Bridge's first written program outlining proposed water, sewer and other improvements. A hearing date has not been set.

Much of the money will go toward water and sewer projects, which special projects manager James L. Schumacher described as "by far the most-needed improvements."

Union Bridge has only one water-supply well and an antiquated system of leak-prone water and sewer mains.

The five-year capital plan, drawn up by the planning commission, calls for spending $4.5 million on water and sewer projects and $600,000 on roads, parks and other capital projects.

The town will have to contribute about 43 percent of the total. The planning commission recommended that the council levy fees rather than borrowing. Union Bridge has a high debt ratio, the commission report said.

Other revenue will come from impact fees, state aid and public works agreements with developers.

Fire

Union Bridge: Firefighters responded at 11: 41 a.m. Wednesday to a barn fire in the 12400 block of Woodsboro Pike. Units were out 43 minutes.

Pub Date: 12/19/97

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