CHECK YOUR GROUND WATER
On Friday, Carroll County's annual "wet weather" percolation testingperiod runs until April 30.
During this time, properties that mayhave shallow ground water tables can be tested for the installation of sewerage disposal systems.
Testing is limited to this period for certain soils because watertable levels vary with the season and amount of precipitation. It isbest to conduct such tests when water levels are expected to be at their highest.
Anyone having property that contains "wet weather" soils in the area planned for a septic system should schedule tests assoon as possible.
Experience has been that the availability of Health Department personnel to observe these tests decreases as the season goes on.
Review staff time also is limited. Proposed development plans having "wet weather" soils must be submitted on or before Feb. 22 to ensure adequate time for review and scheduling of tests.
Information: 857-5000, 876-2152 or 875-3390.
FAIRHAVEN GETS BONDS
WESTMINSTER -- The County Commissioners have issued $8.29 million in economic development revenue bonds on behalf of Fairhaven, a continuing care retirement community in Sykesville, lead underwriter Legg Mason Wood Walker Inc. has announced.
Proceeds will be used to refinance an outstanding taxable commercial loan bearing an interest rate of 11.5 percent used initially to finance Fairhaven, owned by Episcopal Ministries to the Aging Inc.
Opened in 1980, Fairhaven consists of 142 cottages, 136 apartments and a health center licensed for 106 comprehensive-care nursing beds. It has been fully occupied since opening and has a waiting list of 300 people.
"The bonds carry no legal or financial obligation by Carroll County,but enabled Fairhaven to gain financing through tax-exempt municipalbonds to achieve debt service savings," said Ed Lister, the Legg Mason investment banker who managed the underwriting.
The bonds are scheduled for delivery Feb. 7. Serial bonds maturing from 1992 to 2000bear tax-exempt interest rates from 6.4 percent to 7.4 percent. Termbonds maturing in 2005 and 2011 bear tax-exempt interest rates of 7.625 percent and 7.75 percent, respectively.
CEREMONIAL BOOK MOVE
WESTMINSTER -- A ceremonial relocation of books and periodicals from the older part of the Hoover Library at Western Maryland College to the new addition is scheduled to take place Monday, Feb. 11.
The library expansion and renovation is the single largest capital project in the 124-year history of WMC.
More than 100 WMC alumni, students, faculty, staff and other members of the college community will participate in this voluntary move. Books and periodicals will be taken down from the shelves by crews of not more than 25, then placed on carts and wheeled to shelves in the new building. The crews will work in one-hour shifts beginning at approximately 9a.m. on the day of the move.
The library will be closed during this initial portion of the move. A professional company will be responsible for moving the bulk of the college's 163,000 volumes into the new three-story structure. The older part of the library will then be renovated, with a formal dedication and grand opening of the entire library slated for October.
The 2-year Hoover project will double the size of the library to 72,000 square feet, enough room for the library's collection to double in size during the next 20 years. Total cost of the project is $10 million, with $8 million going to construction and $2 million to an endowed fund for operation and maintenance of the library.
The ceremonial move echoes one that was conducted after the original Hoover Library was constructed in 1961. Student, faculty and staff volunteers formed a human chain from the older library -- now the Fine Arts Building -- to the Hoover, passing books from hand to hand and cart to cart. Some alumni who participated in the earlier move and students who are children of those alumni are expectedto be on hand for the move.
"From the earliest discussions of (the) library expansion in 1982, but especially since construction actually got under way in 1989, the entire college community has been deeply interested in its progress," David Neikirk, director of the Hoover, said in a recent memo detailing plans for the ceremonial move. "Itis fitting that the entire campus community now be offered the opportunity to be actively involved in the initial occupancy of the new building."
DATELINE: UNION BRIDGE
UNION BRIDGE -- Before the Town Council votes on annexing the 171-acre Phillips property here, developers want another worksession with the town Planning and Zoning Committee.
Howard L. Alderman Jr., attorney for developers, enumerated areas of concern at Monday's council session.
"I don't think we are far apart," he said. "We have identified the problems. Some are just a question of definition. All parties need to know exactly what is expected of them."