Manchester tackles taxes, zoning issues

April 12, 2000|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Manchester Town Council was scheduled to introduce an ordinance launching the procedure to pass its 2000-2001 budget, which is expected to be adopted next month.

A public hearing on the new spending plan is set for 8 p.m. May 9. The proposed budget totals about $1.9 million.

The general budget is estimated to be slightly more than $1 million with an additional $347,000 for water and $486,400 for sewer costs. The budget is likely to be adopted after the public hearing.

The proposal would keep Manchester's tax rate at 46 cents per $100 of assessed value, said Town Manager Philip L. Arbaugh.

Also last night, the council held a public hearing on a petition by developer Gary LaMotte of Hampstead to rezone about 33 acres in the southeast quarter of town to build houses.

LaMotte bought the property last year where a slaughterhouse once stood. He told the council last night that he wanted its original zoning restored, which would allow him to develop houses on a quarter-acre instead of 1-acre lots. The property has several zoning designations, said Arbaugh.

In other business, the council intended to tie up one loose end in its recent overhaul of the town code, a three-year effort to update and clarify the 105 chapters dating from the 1970s and amended piecemeal over the decades. Members were hung up on wording and decided to deal later with one ordinance governing parking in Manchester, because it is prohibited on most town streets.

To make it simpler, the final decision was to identify where parking is allowed, Arbaugh said.

The council also planned to award a pair of contracts: one for the Chestnut Street storm drains project, at a cost of about $18,000 and a $6,000 paving job of Christmas Tree Lane and Victory Street.

Earlier, Mayor Christopher B. D'Amario announced a $32,000 pledge from the Carroll County Commissioners that should speed construction of a skateboard park in town.

The partial funding of the $80,000 project occurred two years earlier than planned.

Donations are being sought for the skate park.

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