Water work to be pared

Maple Crest project must be limited and new bids sought

State funds are at stake

In other business, county settles with hangar subcontractor


January 05, 2001|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

Carroll commissioners learned yesterday that they will have to rebid and limit the scope of a long-awaited project that would extend water lines to Maple Crest, a 30-year-old subdivision south of Westminster that has suffered water shortages for several years.

To qualify for state funds for the $320,332 project, the commissioners were also told that the county would have to scrap plans to extend water lines to three streets in the neighborhood and focus its efforts on Wayne Avenue and Woodland Drive, which have the most severe water problems.

Commissioners Julia Walsh Gouge and Robin Bartlett Frazier said they were comfortable with limiting the scope of the project and directed county staff to apply for state grants. Commissioner Donald I. Dell was out of town and not at the meeting.

In addition to paring the project, the county also will be required to conduct a second income survey and hold another public hearing.

"The state requires that we get more specific information," county grants analyst Colleen Baumgard- ner said. If approved, grants from the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Department of Housing and Community Development would pay hook-up fees and construction and administrative costs of extending service to Wayne Avenue and Woodland Drive.

The remaining streets in the subdivision - Kolbe and Hook roads and Maple Crest Drive - will not be included in the project because residents of those streets earn too much money to qualify for state assistance. However, Frazier and Gouge said they might consider extending service to those streets later.

If the state funding falls through, the county would pay for the project and then some or all of the property owners on Wayne Avenue and Woodland Drive would have to reimburse the county over 20 years. However, the commissioners might allow those who do not hook to the public system to forgo payments until they connect to the line or sell their homes.

It was not clear yesterday when construction of the water lines might begin.

In other business, the commissioners signed settlement papers with a subcontractor who was hired by Hangar Corp. of America, a Pennsylvania company, to perform work on seven corporate hangars at Carroll County Regional Airport on Route 97 north of Westminster. The county had agreed to pay the subcontractors under a settlement reached last month with Hangar Corp.

Under the settlement agreement signed yesterday by Frazier and Gouge, Meekins Construction Inc. of Finksburg will be paid $124,427. The commissioners also agreed yesterday to pay $16,750 to Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. for extending gas lines to the hangars and $1,610 to Westminster for extending public water lines to the site.

The county also must pay Argubright Construction Inc. of Northridge, Calif. County officials said they hope to settle that debt soon. It was not clear yesterday how much is owed to the company.

Also yesterday, the commissioners agreed to pay about $4,300 to repair a trailer and equipment at the Hoods Mill landfill in South Carroll, which was damaged by vandals last month.

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