TANEYTOWN — Even though the deadline to apply for executive dean at Carroll Community College was Monday, officials don't expect to know the number or quality of applicants for about two weeks, said Faye Pappalardo, chair of the search committee.
That's because applications are being sent to Catonsville Community College, CCC's parent institution, and will not be turned over to Carroll officials until enough time haselapsed to receive any applications postmarked April 5, Pappalardo said.
Pappalardo, CCC's director of student services, said once the committee receives the applications, members will sort through materialsto chose candidates with the required qualifications of a doctorate and five years of administrative experience at the dean level.
Interviews are expected to begin in May and CCC officials hope to have the position filled by July 1.
In the meantime, Alan M. Schuman, CCC's director of administration, is serving as interim director. The college's former executive director, Elizabeth D. Blake, left the position last fall. The position was later upgraded to better reflect CCC's institutional maturity.
Also serving on the search committee are Barbara Charnock, chair of the CCC advisory board; Ann Weber, a CCCinstructor; Pamela Genco, a member of the CCC student government association; Willard Hawkins, a Carroll County resident; Nan Reese, a CCC employee, and Larry Skane, president of the faculty senate at Catonsville Community College.
SOIL TO BE TESTED
The City Council has hired Nutshell Enterprises Inc. of Jarrettsville to test the water and soil at a downtown parking lot, where three underground storage tanks were removed last summer without notification to the state Department of Environment.
City Manager Neal W. Powellsaid workers removed two 500-gallon tanks and a larger heating oil storage tank from the lot last summer when they were discovered duringa paving project. Liquid in the petroleum tanks, believed to be water, was dumped in the city sewer system.
Powell said he did not expect the city to have to pay any fines for removing the tanks without state approval. He said city officials are working with state officials to make sure they are following proper procedures in testing. He said it was unlikely any water samples would indicate any concentration of petroleum liquids.
"Technically, we were supposed to inform the state," Powell said. "Ordinarily, we would have but because of time constraints -- we were ready to do paving -- we didn't. In hindsight, that doesn't justify us not following procedure."
He said citycouncil chose to hire an independent engineer rather than its own engineer to avoid any possible conflicts.
Powell said city officialsweren't trying to hide anything. He said the tanks were removed during daylight. He said the liquid in the tanks appeared to be water andofficials monitored the sewer plant and found no adverse effects. The heating oil tank was dry.
City officials believe the other underground tanks were used for storing petroleum. A gas station once occupied the East Baltimore Street site, adjacent to city hall.
A residential development and a school site were recent winners of Carroll County's first Landscape Awards.
In the Residential Landscaping Category, Parr's Ridge Condominiums on Route 31 at Uniontown Road were chosen for the installation ofplant material in a residential setting.
Carroll Community College won the Commercial Category for installation of landscaping throughout the site. Honorable Mention went to the Amoco Station at Route 140 and Sandymount Road, Sandymount.
In the Commercial Grounds Maintenance category, the Gateway West Building, developed by McShea and Co., and the Flick, Miller and Smith Building, developed by Mark Miller, will both receive awards for their efforts to keep their commercial properties maintained with crisp lawn maintenance, shrub trimming and annual flower plantings.
The Carroll Landscape Awards are intended to recognize meritorious efforts within the community to provide landscaping, preserve forest land and keep commercial properties neatly maintained.
The awards will be presented semi-annually and are open to nominations from the public. County horticulturists, landscape architects and builders serve on the six-member selection committee.
PUBLIC MEETING SET
DATELINE: PLEASANT VALLEY
The Carroll County government will conduct a public information meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the social hall of the Pleasant Valley Fire Co., 2030 PleasantValley Road.
A presentation will be made concerning the work thathas been done to address the community's need for an upgraded publicwater supply system and for adequate treatment and disposal of sewage.
Results of a recently completed sanitary survey for Pleasant Valley will be discussed. Information will be presented relating to a review of alternative methods of community sewage treatment performed for the county.