Raised Over Stormwater Management in Pleasant Acres
When you listen to some
residents of Pleasant Acres, it appears that the
subdivision’s name is a misnomer.
A group appeared before the town’s board of commissioners
Tuesday and made unpleasant comments about stormwater
management in the development. For the second time in just
over four months, they spoke about torrents of water pouring
through their yards when it rains.
Michael and Rebekah Walters complained that the water has
created a ditch in their backyard, which is so wet and muddy
that they don’t let their children play there. A
neighbor’s basement, Earl Robinson said, is being torn up by
a jackhammer because of basement flooding. Anabel Fink said
she’s on the verge of selling her home and leaving Frederick
County because of the myriad of problems she’s experienced.
In late May, Frederick County Commissioner Mike Cady promised
to arrange a meeting of residents, the developers, the builder
and appropriate county staff members. Mr. Robinson said that
meeting still hasn’t been set. “What leverage do you have
as a town to get the county to do what it said it would do?”
Commissioner Ron Terpko also wondered why nothing had been
done. He asked if the town should pass an ordinance to give it
some power in such matters. I see a big snowball coming from
this,” he said.
But Mr. Cady said Wednesday that the town has some complicity
for the lack of a meeting between stakeholders. He said he’s
contacted the town “a half-dozen times” about reserving
meeting space in a town building, but each time there was some
“We’re facilitators and catalysts, but we’re not
dictators over municipal businesses,” said Mr. Cady, who
added that he was unhappy his efforts to arrange a meeting
were not recognized. “It was never the most important thing
on (the town’s) docket. I stand ready to help them.”
The board set Oct. 13 as the date for a meeting regarding the
problems. Mr. Cady said he and county staff members will
In other matters, the board heard a recommendation from Phil
Walko that the town study salary and benefits packages to help
the police department recruit and retain more officers. The
commissioners delayed any decision until Oct. 14.
The board also learned that the bill to evaluate its
sewer-system problems may rise. ARRO Consulting Inc. wants
$17,750 more than expected for manhole inspection services and
exploration of the lines with a television camera. The board
deferred a decision to a later meeting.
The Thurmont Citizen’s Advisory Board attended the meeting
to present five emergency kits to the Guardian Hose Co. The
kits include vouchers for a week’s worth of food and lodging
and certificates for groceries and furniture from
participating Thurmont and Emmitsburg merchants. Kits will be
given to people whose homes are rendered uninhabitable by
fire, sewer back-ups or other events.
The board also set Oct. 6 and Oct. 13 as special voter
registration days. The town will register people to vote in
the upcoming election from 5 to 8 p.m. on both dates. Oct. 13
will be the last day to register for the Oct. 27 election.
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