Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Downtown parking to be examined

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Sykesville officials are looking at ways to curtail people from abusing downtown parking.

Police Chief John R. Williams Jr. was told that downtown merchants are concerned about the William ‘‘Mac” McElroy parking lot on Oklahoma Avenue being used for long-term parking, he said at the Jan. 28 mayor and Town Council meeting.

The town has an ordinance that states any public lot in the town has a parking limit of 16 hours.

Williams said some downtown businesses have their company vehicles in that lot.

Williams said he is working with the Sykesville Business Association to seek alternatives, such as businesses using other lots.

He said the town could also do a pilot program to have limits placed on some spaces.

Williams and the business association formed a committee to look at the problem closely, and said the committee would present possible solutions soon.

Traffic lightto be repaired

Police Chief John R. Williams Jr. is asking residents to call the Sykesville Police Department if they notice the Sandosky and Sykesville Road stoplight is malfunctioning.

The State Highway Administration discovered a faulty sensor in the road in late January that regulates traffic flow, Williams said at the Jan. 28 mayor and Town Council meeting.

‘‘If during non-peak hours it appeared that you were staying at that traffic light for a longer period of time than a normal cycle, you were,” he said.

The state is in the process of correcting the sensor, he said.

If the traffic signals appear to act up, call 410-795-0757.

Cars cause congestionon Brandenburg Circle

Police Chief John R. Williams Jr. is looking for solutions to traffic problems on Brandenburg Circle.

Williams said the police have received complaints from the Carroll County Board of Education about buses not able to get through the street because cars are parked on both sides.

The cars also create problems for snow removal and for emergency vehicles, he added.

The road was originally designed to be one way, but is now a two-way street, Councilwoman Debby Ellis said. Pass attempts to correct the problem failed, she added.

The town should ask residents in the area its thoughts on prohibiting parking in certain sections or allow parking on one side of the street, Town Manager Matt Candland said.

Resident Dick Buczek, who lives on Brandenberg Circle, said the parked cars are a problem. Proposals may be unpopular, he said, but safety is more important.

Williams said the fairest solution would be to allow parking on one-side of the street.

Town officials to lookat beautifying downtown

The Town of Sykesville and the Sykesville Business Association are partnering to see what they can do to spruce up Main Street.

Town Manager Matt Candland said he was impressed by a recent visit to Annapolis where he saw hanging plants and flowers throughout the city. He met with Craig Taylor, president of the Sykesville Business Association, to see what could be done.

Candland said the town and business association are looking to see what Homestead Gardens could do for the town. The company does work for Annapolis and Camden Yards. He estimated it would cost the town $4,000 to $5,000.

Taylor said the association is seeing if it could pay 25 percent of the cost, and if Boy Scouts could build plant containers.

Fundraising or advertising are other possibilities to pay for the improvements, Candland said.

Destination Sykesvilleto meet

Destination Sykesville is looking for a new resident to supervise the summer Apple Butter Markets.

Mayor Jonathan Herman announced at the Jan. 28 mayor and Town Council meeting that Melissa Delbusso has stepped down from the volunteer position and the committee is in search of a replacement.

The group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Town House, 7547 Main St., Sykesville. Free pizza will be available.