Tal­bot County Coun­cil passes two res­o­lu­tions

Sunday Star - - LOCAL - By JOSH BOLLINGER jbollinger@star­dem.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @jbol­l_s­tar­dem.

— 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.

PHOTO BY JOSH BOLLINGER

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.

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