Carroll commissioners agree on water plant public meeting

Gouge ties her OK for flier to holding hearing

Regional

March 28, 2001|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Carroll County Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge finally won her battle yesterday to have a public hearing on a $14 million water treatment plant on Piney Run Reservoir in South Carroll.

Gouge tied her support for mailing an informational brochure about the plans for Piney Run to 7,000 South Carroll residents to the scheduling of a public hearing on the project. The brochure will be mailed in the next few weeks with a survey of South Carroll homeowners to determine the number with leaking copper pipes.

Gouge hopes to use the session to make public her rationale for opposing the plant.

"I think this has been hashed over far too much already, but it is OK to get more people into it," said Commissioner Donald I. Dell. He and Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier outvoted Gouge in July and approved construction of the plant, which they contend is needed to supplement the water supply in South Carroll.

Dell and Frazier have repeatedly refused Gouge's requests to hold a public meeting on tapping the reservoir - its lake is the main attraction of the popular Piney Run Park - until yesterday.

"It can be educational to put the facts out there," Frazier said. She said she could not include arguments for and against the decision in a brochure format.

"It will go as is without additional facts," said Gouge. "There is not enough information in there."

"We had to narrow information down into the format," Frazier said. "We tried for the main points."

The brochure discusses the history of Piney Run Reservoir and tries to answer the most frequently asked questions, Frazier said.

The project has had little support from residents of South Carroll, many of whom feel the plant will have an adverse impact on the popular recreation spot.

Gouge favors expanding the county's water treatment plant at Liberty Reservoir and building a series of wells.

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