Fire dept. growth plan is studied

Runoff is a concern at Sykesville-Freedom, county officials say

January 28, 2000|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

County officials raised minor concerns yesterday about expansion plans for the 30-year-old Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department.

Carroll planners said they would like to see elevation figures and grading plans for the site -- to address runoff issues -- before the project is submitted to the county planning commission. Their comments were made during a public meeting of the Subdivision Advisory Committee.

Sykesville's Fire Department serves Carroll's most populous area -- 28,000 people -- from a brick station on Route 32 at Freedom Avenue. The building was constructed in 1972 and was remodeled 15 years ago.

Fire officials are seeking to build two more equipment bays and a two-story addition for offices, meeting areas, bunk rooms and a kitchen. Upgrades to the heating, air-conditioning and electrical systems are also planned. The project is expected to cost about $1.5 million.

The Subdivision Advisory Committee, composed of several state and county agencies, reviews the technical aspects of proposed commercial and industrial projects. The committee hears public comments and forwards recommendations to Carroll's planning commission. There were no residents in attendance.

The planning commission decides whether a project will be allowed to move forward. The commission's meetings are public, and resident participation is invited.

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