BOARD MEETING DAYS SET
WESTMINSTER - The Commissioners-elect, Donald I. Dell, Elmer Lippy and Julia W. Gouge, have selected Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays as official board meeting days.
The first "day-in-office" will be Dec. 3.
The commissioners will be sworn in at 9 a.m. Dec. 3 in Courtroom Four of the Courthouse Annex. Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. will perform the ceremony.
COUNTY AWARDS WORKERS
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County government will present service awards to employees with five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 29 in Room 07 of the County Office Building.
This will be the 16th year for the awards.
SCHOOL WEAPONS POLICY
The Carroll Board of Education is considering a ban on toy or look-alike weapons.
The district, which already has a ban on weapons, wants to extend that policy as further protection for staff and students, said Edwin L. Davis, Carroll's director of pupil services/special programs.
"We thought look-alike weapons can sometimes cause as much fear as a real weapon," said Davis, who introduced the proposed policy, which would extend to school facilities, buses and school-sponsored events.
Under the plan, students with toy weapons could face the same penalty -- suspension or expulsion -- as those who bring in real weapons. School officials said incidents involving real weapons are rare.
Superintendent R. Edward Shilling noted, however, that the punishment may not apply in all situations. A Scout, for instance, could forget to remove a Scout knife from his pocket before school. That would not necessarily be grounds for expulsion, he said.
Shilling said situations will dictate how incidents will be handled.
The board is expected to consider the policy at its Dec. 12 meeting.
POLICE CHIEF SOUGHT
MANCHESTER -- About eight people so far have expressed interest in becoming police chief here, as applications for Chief Earl Isennock's job come trickling into the town office.
Isennock, 27, of Glen Rock, Pa., told town officials two weeks ago that he wanted to step down as chief, but continue as a night-shift officer on the three-man force. He will replace the slot opened up by the Nov. 9 resignation of officer Joseph Struck.
No salary range has been made public, and Town Clerk and Manager Kathryn L. Riley would not divulge Isennock's salary.
Isennock said he wanted to step down because of increasing demands on his business, Isennock's Service Center, also in Glen Rock.
The police force here -- two men and a chief -- provide supplementary protection to the town's 2,700 residents during afternoon and evening hours. The Maryland State Police provides protection the rest of the day.
The town's police force operates on a yearly budget of about $83,400.
TOWN URGES BYPASS
HAMPSTEAD -- As expected, the Town Council on Monday decided to appeal to Gov. William Donald Schaefer in its efforts to free state money to pay for a long-discussed -- and recently approved -- bypass to busy Route 30.
Town Manager John A. Riley said yesterday that he was drafting the letter to the governor, a letter that will ask him to reverse an earlier state decision freezing funds for the bypass.
The bypass -- discussed for nearly 20 years and last year approved for funding -- has apparently fell victim to budget-cutting in Annapolis, as most area's of state finances feel the crunch of the current budget crisis.
NEW AREA CODE COMING
Mount Airy residents will be the only ones in the county to keep the 301 area code when C&P Telephone adds a second area code next year, a company spokesman said.
The company's dividing line for telephone exchange areas doesn't quite follow the Carroll County line, so Mount Airy, on the southern edge of the county, will keep the 301 code, said Alfred W. Boyer, manager of external affairs.
The new area code -- 410 -- will serve most of Carroll, Howard, Anne Arundel and Calvert counties, the Baltimore area and the Eastern Shore. The 301 area code will remain in effect in the rest of the state.
C&P is adding the new code because it needs more lines to accommodate growth, he said.
The local calling area for customers with an 829 or 831 exchange in Mount Airy will remain the same, but customers will have to dial 410 in addition to the seven-digit phone number to reach numbers outside the two exchanges, Boyer said.
Similarly, customers with Sykesville exchanges will be able to make local calls to Mount Airy, but they'll have to dial 301 first, he said.
In Union Bridge, which is near the border of Frederick County, customers will be able to make local calls to Frederick, but will have to dial 301, Boyer said.
"All C&P customers will receive substantial information from C&P over the next two years to help them adjust to the change," he said.
Customers will be encouraged to begin using the new area code in November 1991, but will be able to use either area code during 1992 for calls to the 410 area, he said.