Carroll Capsule

CARROLL CAPSULE

October 07, 1990

COLLEGE OUTLINES PROJECTS

UNION TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Carroll Community College officials plan to put the finishing touches on the recently opened Westminster campus and proceed with the construction of a new building under a $7.1 million capital program unveiled to the county planning commission earlier this week.

The actual cost to the county would be about $5.5 million, with about $1.57 million expected in state dollars, said Alan M. Schuman, CCC's director of administration. He said higher construction and equipments costs have boosted the price tag for the long-planned campus, which will be completed in phases over several years, to $49.1 million.

Finishing touches to the Washington Road facility include the construction of exterior concrete stairs at the rear of the building and a staff parking lot, which will contain space for 30 cars, as well as additional handicapped parking. The estimated cost is $271,600.

Under the plan for fiscal 1992, which begins July 1 of next year, CCC would proceed with the construction of a multipurpose building, which would be attached to the existing facility by an enclosed walkway. The $3.7 million project would provide additional classroom and office space needed to accommodate projected enrollment in 1993, Schuman said.

CCC officials have earmarked $1.4 million for the development of athletic fields, including soccer and track, and tennis areas for intercollegiate and intramural athletic programs. The fields will be used by CCC and the county Department of Recreation and Parks, Schuman said.

Other needs include $100,000 to buy library books and periodicals to support minimum classroom requirements and accreditation standards, $157,800 for cafeteria renovations to provide a kitchen and a 1,700-square-foot eating area and $83,000 for renovation of the South Center Street facility, which was built in the 1940s and needs to be modernized.

PARKING SPACE PLANNED

Both temporary and permanent relief are in sight for Carroll Community College students who fight for parking spaces at the recently opened Westminster campus.

"Parking is a problem," said Alan M. Schuman, director of administration. "The situation is quite an adventure for us. Our goal is not have students parking on routes 32 and 97."

The college already has designated a grassy area -- the site of a future parking lot -- for overflow parking. Schuman said officials are asking the county to place some sort of gravel base on the area to accommodate parking during the winter months.

The existing north parking lot accommodates 495 cars, but Schuman said that the lot falls short of accommodating an extra 200 cars on any given day.

Included in the college's capital program requests for fiscal 1992 is $644,00 for the construction of a south parking lot, which would provide an additional 730 parking space.

Current projections for fiscal 1992 show the need for 796 parking spaces, leaving a shortage of 301 spaces if the lot is not constructed, Schuman said.

Without the additional space, he said students will be forced to park on grass areas, in local housing developments and off of major state roads, which is prohibited.

EPA TO TEST MORE WELLS

DATELINE: UNION TOWNSHIP, Pa.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will test more residential wells in Carroll County and the Pennsylvania communities bordering Keystone Landfill here, to decide whether to provide bottled water, filters and or even a new and permanent water source.

Thomas C. Voltaggio, director of the EPA Superfund Office for Maryland and its five neighboring states, said at a meeting with residents here Thursday that the agency would now start two simultaneous Keystone projects: * Starting this fall, the agency will test several more home wells in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Residents like Susan Hardinger of Silver Run in North Carroll have for years complained the EPA and state tests have not been thorough enough.

* The agency will send letters within the next few days to dump owner Keystone Sanitation Co. and at least 20 companies and municipalities who, according to the EPA, disposed of contaminants in the landfill.

These companies have four months to work out a plan with EPA to share the $9 million cost of capping the landfill and treating the groundwater, Voltaggio said. If the companies won't do the work, EPA can pay for it through federal Superfund money and collect three times the cost from companies it can prove are responsible.

The top regional EPA officials came here Thursday at the request of U.S.

Reps. Beverly B. Byron, D-6th, and Bill Goodling, R-19th, of Pennsylvania, because residents wanted more testing and bottled water.

HEARING DATE MOVED

DATELINE: MANCHESTER

The second public hearing on this town's controversial master plan has been pushed back to Nov. 8, a two- week delay that schedules discussion of the plan to after the general election.

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