Taneytown council leaves open issue of police station location

February 09, 1999|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF

Twenty-six years ago, the police station in Taneytown moved across the street. A month ago, city officials began considering moving it back.

Too late, barber Marvin Flickinger told the City Council last night at a meeting during which the move was not resolved.

Flickinger said moving the police station to its former location would be a traffic hazard and would eat up parking spaces that business owners on that side of the street rely on for their customers.

"It's your job to correct a traffic hazard and not create one," Flickinger said. "I can't imagine any other town the size of Taneytown, growing as we are growing, moving a police department to where there is not adequate parking."

There was no council discussion of the matter last night, which leaves open the question of what to do with 16-18 E. Baltimore St., which the city is purchasing in an effort to double the space shared by City Hall and the Police Department at 15-17 E. Baltimore St. The city has 11 administrative employees who share space with the 10-member Police Department.

Also last night, the council heard East Baltimore Street resident Bill Isenberg express concern about extending the downtown business district.

"You would be taking the aesthetics out of the historic side of Taneytown. Do we need that?" Isenberg said in opposition to an ordinance that would push the business area into an existing residential neighborhood.

The council approved the ordinances, which are a response to increasing interest from business owners and prospective business owners who want to locate along the city's main corridor, said Chip Boyles, the city manager.

One ordinance would modify the central downtown zoning to a "local business district."

A variety of shops, professional offices, banks and grocery stores would continue to be allowed, but businesses such as gas stations and fast-food restaurants that would attract heavy traffic and serve customers in their vehicles would be prohibited. Banks would be permitted to have drive-up windows, Boyles said.

The other ordinance would create a "restricted general business district" extending from downtown east to Fairground Avenue, along East Baltimore Street. That strip has been zoned residential but has some low-volume businesses, such as hair salons and offices.

The ordinances do not set the boundaries of such new districts. Those details will be taken up by the council later.

Pub Date: 2/09/99

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