Carroll capsule

Carroll capsule

December 23, 1990

HEARING IS POSTPONED

HAMPSTEAD - The hearing of Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals Case 3440 has been postponed indefinitely.

Hillendale Inc. is asking to add nine mobile home sites to an existing mobile home park classified as a non-conforming use on the premises of 2551 Baltimore Blvd., northwest of Finksburg.

Hillendale's attorney is Charles M. Preston of Westminster.

The rescheduled time and date will be announced, said John Totura, chairman of the appeals board.

309 HOMES PROPOSED

HAMPSTEAD - A recently annexed 124-acre piece of property could be the site of 309 houses, according to plans that were to be presented to the town's Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday night.

Claude B. Widerman, the Montgomery County businessman who owns the tract bounded by Shiloh and Houcksville roads and Highfield Drive, plans to build 96 condominiums and 213 semi-detached single-family homes, said Jim Schissler, a project engineer with Kidde Consultants.

Widerman's plans call for building houses on 57 acres. About 16 acres will be used for the proposed Hampstead bypass, 30 acres will be used for a new elementary school and 21 acres will be dedicated to open space, Schissler said.

He said homes will be priced to attract first-time and moderate-income home buyers. Construction is not expected until early 1992, at the earliest, he said.

Widerman's tract was annexed into Hampstead in August and sits in an area of town considered ripe for development. The property also has two prime water wells, which will be used by the town.

COUNTY GETS LOW LOAN

Carroll County again is eligible in a state program to borrow money at 70 percent of the state's bond rate.

A loan of $5,347,120 was received through the Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration, an office under the Department of the Environment, that will be used to upgrade and expand the Freedom Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Water from the Carroll plant empties into Chesapeake Bay, making the county eligible for bay protection funds through reduced loan rates.

Carroll has been on the list for almost two years prior to receiving funding priority.

The state sold the bonds Nov. 7 to finance the Freedom plant at an interest rate of 6.99 percent. The money was lent to Carroll at 5.08 percent, meaning a savings of approximately $2.5 million over the 30 year life of the bonds.

In March 1990, $6,761,000 was loaned to Carroll through the program at a debt service interest rate of 4.89 percent.

The upgraded and expanded Freedom plant is scheduled to open September 1992. The construction contract was awarded to Pool and Kent Co. of Baltimore.

In addition to the loans, the county received a $500,000 grant to install biological nutrient removal equipment.

LEAF PROGRAM ENDS

WESTMINSTER - The City Department of Public Works' leaf vac program will end Friday.

After Friday, leaves should be placed in easily emptied containers or plastic bags (maximum of two bushel capacity) at the curb for collection by Eastern Waste Industries Inc.

NO PRIMARY FOR TOWN?

HAMPSTEAD - During the council's regular monthly meeting Monday night, Councilman C. Clinton Becker proposed doing away with the primaries, saying they "are an unnecessary expense for the town and an added inconvenience for the voters of Hampstead."

The town normally holds a primary to narrow the field of candidates for mayor and council. Elections are non-partisan.

No council members opposed Becker's proposal. Town attorney Charles O.

Fisher Sr. is drafting an amendment to the town code for the council's consideration.

CCC PROPOSES BUDGET

Carroll Community College has unveiled a $5.75 million budget for fiscal 1992. Officials said the plan does not include new initiatives but requires additional dollars for more staff to accommodate an expected increase in student enrollment.

"We are seeking to provide enough teachers and support staff to meet an approximately 21 percent increase in student enrollment," said Alan M.

Schuman, CCC's interim director and director of administration.

Meanwhile, CCC officials are preparing contingency plans in the event state aid to community colleges is cut to help reduce Maryland's budget deficit.

Schuman said there is speculation that the cuts could mean as much as a $200,000 shortfall in the $1.22 million CCC is expected to receive from the state this fiscal year.

The proposed $5,757,669 spending plan for 1992 reflects a 20.8 percent increase over the current $4.78 million budget. The increase is needed to offset the jump in student enrollment, which is expected to rise to 1,605 full-time students next year.

"That's a significant increase we're asking for," Schuman said. "It's clear that our budget request is based more on student needs and not enhancing programs."

He said CCC will ask the county for an additional $474,000 in 1992.

Although the increase will boost county funding to $2.83 million, Schuman said that amount remains 49 percent of CCC's budget.

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