Sykesville and Dell in discord over notice

`Don't get in my pond,' Carroll commissioner tells town officials

January 30, 2002|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

A day after a cordial meeting between Sykesville and Carroll County's elected leaders, Commissioner Donald I. Dell brought the town and county's simmering feud to a boil.

Town leaders had asked the commissioners Monday night for more information about proposed county projects and zoning changes before they occurred, a move that would require expanding the agreement that governs relations between Carroll's eight municipalities and the county. At the time, Dell said nothing.

Turns out he was holding back.

"I just about bit off my tongue," he told county staff in a meeting yesterday. "I don't think we ought to commit to anything that is not in the town" agreement.

The county routinely advises the eight municipalities - Sykesville, Taneytown, Hampstead, Manchester, Westminster, Mount Airy, Union Bridge and New Windsor - of major projects or zoning changes within a mile of each town's borders.

But Sykesville also wants information on any countywide issues that might affect the town.

Sykesville has been "blindsided in the past by the county," Town Council President Michael Burgoyne said yesterday. He noted the county's effort to build a road to the proposed Piney Run Lake water treatment plant and the county's contentious zoning ordinance that could swallow up much of the farmland to the west of Sykesville.

But Dell said: "The way I see it, you don't get in my pond, and we don't get in yours."

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