At budget workshop, wish lists emerge

Departments, town put in for ATV, mower and street

March 22, 2001|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Carroll's Department of Public Works wants a $65,000 boom mower it believes would save county public works crews time, money and labor. Carroll County Farm Museum wants an all-terrain vehicle. And the town of Manchester wants the county to help it pay for extending a street.

Those requests were made yesterday at a budget workshop held by the county commissioners.

A boom mower can cut thick tree limbs and reach over guardrails and down embankments. "We now use bucket trucks and chain saws with a five-man crew," said Doug Myers, public works director. "There is some danger. The boom mower is a one-man operation we can use almost year round."

The mower was proposed last year but cut from the budget. It might survive this fiscal year, which begins July 1. "It was not presented before as a time- and money-saver," said Commissioner Donald I. Dell.

Commissioners also heard a request for a $4,500 reconditioned all-terrain vehicle for the farm museum.

With 140 acres to maintain, museum grounds crews would use the vehicle, particularly in wooded, hilly areas. It also can be used to transport disabled visitors over rough terrain.

Myers also asked the commissioners to fund construction of a 2,500-foot portion of Southwestern Avenue near Manchester.

The road, estimated to cost at least $600,000, would complete a long-planned connection to Route 30, south of the town. Manchester has annexed several subdivisions in the area, but not the properties where the road would be built.

"All those subdivisions are assets to the town, but the road is a minus for us," said Dell. "We can't be Santa Claus all the time."

The commissioners have pledged to complete long-planned road connections throughout the county and agreed to review the proposal next week.

The commissioners are reviewing budget requests before allocating funds from what is expected to be a $225 million budget, which they expect to adopt in May.

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