Commissioners OK plan to improve water systems Proposal needs approval from state department

November 11, 1998|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

The Board of County Commissioners approved yesterday a 200-page plan to expand and improve Carroll's water and sewer systems.

The plan, which details public water and sewer systems that serve the populous Freedom District and the county's eight towns and environs, must be approved by the Maryland Department of the Environment before it is enacted. The state has 90 days to take action on the plan.

"The plan covers the whole county and identifies small communities that are served by private, individual systems and are experiencing water or sewer problems," said Barbara C. Moser, county comprehensive planner.

"However, most of the discussion centered on the major service areas and those parts of the county that are served by the municipal systems," she added.

About 40 percent of Carroll County residents rely on the public systems for water and sewer service.

Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Richard T. Yates voted to approve the plan after little public discussion. Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown did not attend the hearing.

In handing down their decision, the commissioners rejected a plea by Westminster Easy Storage, a mini-storage company on Route 140 near the state police barracks, to have city sewer lines extended to the property at the south end of the Westminster business district.

John Maguire, attorney for the storage company, has been trying for a year to have service extended to the property.

The extension would mean opening a new service area, a costly project that city officials have said they do not want to undertake.

Pub Date: 11/11/98

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