Builders Meet Officials

January 20, 1991

FINKSBURG — Two County Commissioners discussed growth Thursday with members of the Carroll County Chapter of the Homebuilders Association of Maryland.

Julia W. Gouge and Elmer C. Lippy Jr. spoke at a dinner meeting at Rudy's 2900 Restaurant. About 45 members attended.

Gouge said builders need to educate the public about themselves.

"The building industry has provided jobs to a tremendous amount ofpeople," she said.

Gouge also stressed the need for a closer relationship between county government and the building industry because the two face similar concerns, such as the need for adequate infrastructure and affordable housing.

"The reality is that you are going to provide the homes for my children and grandchildren and the children of a whole lot of citizens across the county. We have to figure out what we can do to serve the citizens today and into the future," she said.

Lippy said the building industry in the county and relatedbusinesses, such as lumber yards, help keep the county's economy going and provide employment for residents.

He expressed concerns about environmental regulations that can be costly.

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