Post office to open June 19 on Rt. 32

Old headquarters has been sold to computer company

Sykesville

May 23, 2000|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

The new Sykesville/Eldersburg post office is set to open June 19 on Route 32 near Londontown Boulevard, and the old building in downtown Sykesville has been sold to a small computer company.

"We have taken occupancy of the building and will be moving in equipment soon," said Bryan Landry, acting manager of postal operations in Frederick. "It looked good on our walk-through last week. All we need is some phone work and wiring for computers."

The 25-year-old building on Village Road had long ago become too small. About 40 postal employees work 23 routes, and each carries about 1,500 pieces of mail daily. Workers often complained of crowding and cramped spaces. The building was recently sold to Omni Computers of Eldersburg.

"A new building has been on the top of our list for 10 years," said Judy Lettie, postal clerk.

The new building -- about 22,000 square feet -- is nearly four times the size of the present one, but 3.7 miles from Sykesville.

In other news, the Sykesville Town Council adopted last night a $1.6 million budget for fiscal 2001, which begins July 1. The budget maintains the current property tax rate at 76 cents per $100 of assessed value.

This marks the seventh year of no increases in town taxes.

The council voted 3-1 on the budget with one amendment. Members approved keeping any remaining state funds for the Warfield complex. The state recently paid the town $232,000 for expenses the town had incurred in planning the future of the property.

After paying all the bills, a balance of about $150,000 remained, which the town will use to further development of the 138-acre property on Route 32.

The budget includes $130,800 for roads projects and $198,500 for the sanitation department.

The police department will receive $207,927 in operating funds, with most of the money paying the salaries of its seven-member force.

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