Talbot County Council passes two resolutions
— The Talbot County Council passed two administrative resolutions on Tuesday, Oct. 10.
The first resolution authorizes the county to borrow money through two separate loans, totaling more than $1.7 million, to upgrade its biosolids facility on Klondike Road just outside Easton.
Talbot County Finance Director Angela Lane said the loans are the final piece in borrowing money for the biosolids facility. The first loan was settled last December, while the other two — one for $1.158 million and the other for $628,000 — were settled Tuesday night after a unanimous vote from the council.
The county council also passed a resolution that brings three roads in the Estates at Skipton Creek — Skipton Estates Drive, Wetland View Court and Fox Squirrel Lane — under county purview.
The roads normally would have been accepted into the county for maintenance and snow removal already, but County Manager Andy Hollis said the subdivision was a “victim of the economy, in terms of not being able to sell all of the lots at one time and therefore pay to do the roads. So they had been doing them in sections.”
“Based on citizen concerns of those that do live in that subdivision, the county did force the issue with the developer to complete the project,” Hollis told the council Tuesday. “That’s why we finally have it in front of you today.”
Hollis said normally when a subdivision starts construction, the developers will transfer the roads as soon as they sell the lots, usually in about a year or two in a better economy.
The Talbot County Roads Department already has been performing snow removal and maintenance on a large portion of the subdivision, he said.
“It’s just a final portion of two roads that we haven’t been doing, so there’s not going to be a large financial impact that we haven’t already absorbed as county roads. So we’ve actually been maintaining them before you accepted them into the county system,” Hollis said.
The council unanimously passed the resolution to accept the roads.
Three roads within the Estates and Skipton Creek subdivision are planned to go into county ownership and maintenance, after a resolution was unanimously passed by the Talbot County Council on Tuesday, Oct. 10.