Wells in S. Carroll not best solution for the long term...


May 06, 2001

Wells in S. Carroll not best solution for the long term

Don't be fooled! Wells as a water supply in South Carroll will accelerate building and mostly benefit developers. Here's why:

The current area connection charge for the Freedom area is $3,888.06. This cost is paid by developers and passed on to new home buyers. New area connection charges will be based on the cost of the new water supply chosen to fill the needs in the Freedom area.

Let's say instead of building a water treatment plant and meeting the long-term water needs of South Carroll, we find another 1 million gallons of water per day from wells as a short-term solution. This would accommodate about 1,200 Equivalent Dwelling Units and remove any current restrictions on residential development in the water service area.

One EDU is equal to one residence; three to 11 may equal a business, such as a carwash, a 13-unit office building or a restaurant that seats 50 to 100 people and has a dishwasher; while 21 EDU's may be needed for a school.

The construction cost for wells that yield 1 million gallons per day would run approximately $2 million. Therefore, the area connection charge paid by a builder would fall from the current $3,888.06 per EDU to a mere $1,667.00 per EDU.

If you were a developer, which option would you favor? That's right, you would favor wells; and you would get as many lots recorded as possible while the area connection charge was low!

Don't be fooled! Wells in South Carroll as the county's short-term plan for South Carroll's projected water shortages will accelerate residential growth.

Robin B. Frazier


The writer is a Carroll County commissioner.

Two dirt-bike thugs mar Liberty trails enjoyment

A warning to horseback riders, fishermen, hikers and others who legally enjoy the Liberty Watershed trails: There are two thugs on dirt bikes who are very dangerous.

On April 23, I encountered these two while riding my horse on the fire road near the end of Bollinger Mill Road. As they approached, my riding companion and I both signaled them to stop while we went by. They did, in fact, stop - which tells me they understood our request - but then, as we got closer, they started moving again and ran directly at my horse. In an effort to get out of the way, we backed up and the horse and I fell over an embankment. I now have five broken ribs, as well as a black eye and abrasions. They did not stop when we fell.

I might add that their behavior is quite incompatible with that of the many ATV and dirt bike riders I have met elsewhere. Upon seeing a horse, they voluntarily pull over and turn off their engines until we are safely past.

I should like to thank Paul Janyska and Nell and Elizabeth Bitzel, who rescued my horse and kept him safe. Finding him in such good hands - after hours of searching - was a great relief.

Anne Bennof


Pushing re-election of 3 for Taneytown council

Councilwoman Jackie Boisvert, Mayor Pro Tem James McCarron and Councilman James Wieprecht are seeking re-election to the Taneytown City Council on May 7. As a concerned citizen of Taneytown, I would like to see these three incumbents re-elected based on their record and their foresight in working to make Taneytown a better place to live, work and play.

They work with the Economic Development Commission to provide amenities that will service our current population such as the new medical center and new day care center. They work with the Main Street Maryland Committee program to promote revitalization of the downtown area and to keep property taxes at a minimum. They have made the government accessible to the citizens through open communication. They work to provide a safe environment for youth and promote youth activities, as well as provide parks and recreation for seniors and families.

The current incumbents ... have consistently addressed and supported programs such as the Gathering Place, expansion of Memorial Park for more ball fields, plus development of an educational nature park to provide hiking and biking trails, nature trails and picnic areas on Highway 194 north at the city limits.

They are open to citizens' concerns and needs. Presently there is concern for more ... activities in the community. A successful youth program needs to be well-planned with input and involvement from the youth and parents as well as volunteers from the community and interaction with the current city planning commission. Committees have been formed by the mayor and City Council that are addressing the needs and are looking at projects to help fill these needs. They work hard to make Taneytown a safe and desirable community.

Keep the momentum going: Cast your vote for Jackie Boisvert, James McCarron, James Wieprecht for Taneytown City Council on May 7.

Alice Unger


Gullo's political move was `cleverly crafted'

Well, here we go again with political maneuvering by the lame duck [New Windsor] Mayor Jay Gullo!

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