Grease, oil law debated
(10/13/2004) Thurmont's board of commissioners opened
the floor to public comments on the proposed grease, fats and oils ordinance
Tuesday, but no residents or business owners came forward to comment.
Board members are seeking comments on the ordinance,
which is designed to control the flow of fats, oil and grease into the town's
Because the town is facing more than $1 million in work
to update its sewage collection system, preventing a recurrence of blockages
and overflowing sewers is high on the board's priority list.
Commissioner Bill Blakeslee urged both residents and
business owners to be a part of the process of planning the ordinance.
Muth said he has only heard from one business owner
about the proposed ordinance, but did not say what that business owner said. He
agreed business owners should be involved.
"We are not trying to hurt any business," Muth said.
"We are trying to help them."
The ordinance includes language requiring that the
grease traps or interceptors will be required to meet Frederick County plumbing
code. All institution or businesses that have food preparation, automobile
dealers or service providers that deal with oil products, or any other business
that uses fats, oils or grease will be affected by the ordinance.
Comments on the proposed ordinance are still being
solicited. The next meeting on the draft will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26.
Volunteers may live outside limits
Due to difficulties getting enough volunteers for
committees that act in an advisory capacity to town commissioners, the board
agreed to consider accepting volunteers for those committees who live outside
Mayor Martin Burns said he couldn't disagree more with
that decision. He said he felt the representatives on the commissions should be
Muth said preference should be given to residents, but
outside residents could be considered.
Commissioner Wayne Hooper said he would put together a
formal policy regarding members of committees coming from outside of the town
In other related business, Commissioner Ron Terpko
announced the town is in need of three volunteers to work on the Police
Commission. Anyone interested should send a letter of interest to the town.
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