WESTMINSTER — City officials have announced that newspapers will be accepted for recycling the first Saturday of every month at the city maintenance building, 105 Railroad Ave.
Collection, coordinated with local service organizations or private industries, begins May 4.
The collection center will be open 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., Newspapers will be accepted between those hours.
Bundled newspapers should betied with cord or twine to the thickness of 1 foot. Loose newspaperswill also be accepted at Railroad Avenue.
Papers can still be recycled at the County Recycling Center on Route 97.
ALLOW SMALL BUSINESSES
The County Commissioners are considering a proposal to allow small home-based manufacturing industries inthe county.
The proposal was recommended Tuesday by the Carroll County Planning Commission.
Called "cottage industries," the businesses usually consist of a sewing or small manufacturing company and employ only the homeowner.
Businesses, to get approval, would haveto be non-polluting and not add to the traffic, parking or water andsewer use in the area.
In addition, homeowners would be unable tochange the appearance of or sell merchandise at the home. Signs could only be 1-by-2-foot.
Originally, a countywide committee studyingzoning ordinances suggested that the small businesses only be allowed in agricultural areas.
However, the Planning Commission recommended that the definition be expanded to include residential and conservation areas.
Other planning recommendations included:
* Classifying the types of trailers built beside organization buildings to sell refreshments.
Commission members said they were unable to regulate the use of these and other "storage modules" different from mobile homes because they were not classified.
Buildings would be allowed in agricultural, industrial and conservation areas, with a maximumsize of 8-by-24-feet.
* Requiring industries that clean contaminated soil to be approved by the county zoning appeals board. Operations would have to be built in restricted industrial zones.
* Requiring site plans to be submitted for public and commercial uses, or any other use required by the zoning board.
WATER SERVICE OFFERED
The Carroll County Planning Commission has recommended that public water and sewer service be provided to the McGregor Printing Co. and 275 acres surrounding the business within the next six years.
The changewould allow the company to construct a second building and connect it to a well nearby.
Formerly, the property was expected to receiveservice within the next 10 years.
All Planning Commission recommendations are subject to County Commissioner approval.
Other recommended changes to the county water and sewer plan included:
* Reclassifying 3.9 acres of the Michael's Ridge development along Route 852and Windsor Drive near Westminster for sewer service within the nextsix years.
Although the county originally told the developer his single-family homes were in the sewer service area, planners recognized their mistake and asked for septic systems in the development.
Planners suggested that the area continue to use septic service because there are steep slopes in the area, and approving sewers would change the county Master Plan.
The commission recommended sewer service in spite of planning staff suggestions.
* Postponing a decisionon providing 13 acres of industrial land near Westminster with public water and sewer service.
* Providing public water and sewer service to additional property at Carroll Lutheran Village, east of Bell Road and north of Adams Mill Road.
The change, recommended for within the next six years, would allow 10 more units and five three-story apartment buildings at the retirement community.
* Reclassifying45 acres of the Widerman property, west of the proposed Hampstead bypass, to receive water and sewer within the next six years.
The development, annexed by Hampstead in August, will provide for 290 quarter-acre homes and a 30-acre school site.
* Bringing water and sewer to an industrial property south of Hampstead within six rather thanseven years.
* Allowing the construction of an updated pumping station in the Freedom area by bringing water and sewer to 3.7 acres west of Route 32 and south of Church Street within six years.
* Reclassifying Hillandale Trailer Court, Golden Age Rest Home and the Carroll County YMCA as multiuse water and sewer systems, because they usemore than 5,000 gallons of water a day.
State law requires this reclassification.
READING STARS SHINE
WESTMINSTER -- Several county officials shared their love of reading with constituents Wednesday night at the Carroll County Public Library's "Books Are Friends For Life" program.
The presentation at the librarybranch here was part of National Library Week "Night of 1,000 Stars"celebration, sponsored by the American Library Association and observed nationwide.
Four officials read books they had selected from asuggested reading list the library provided, said Ann Wisner, publicinformation specialist.
Each book was about five minutes long, and the 45-minute program ended with punch and cookies, she said.
"We didn't expect it to be a long program, since very young children would be there," Wisner said.
Approximately 80 people attended the presentation in the library's Dixon meeting room.
The books shared were:
* Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy Jr. read "Who Took the Farmer's Hat" by Joan Nodset.
* Commissioner Donald I. Dell read "The BigSneeze" by Ruth Brown.
* Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown read"Benjamin's Barn" by Reeve Lindberg.
* Delegate Richard C. Matthews, R-Carroll, read "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff.
ILLUSTRATION: PHOTO THE CARROLL COUNTY SUN -- LLOYD FOX
CAPTION: Commissioner Donald I. Dell reads to children at the Westminster Library as part of the "Night of 1,000 Stars," when local celebrities are guest readers.