Town Passes Budget

Carroll Capsule

May 05, 1991

NEW WINDSOR — The Town Council unanimously passed a budget Wednesday that includesno tax increase.

The county's decision to maintain the trash tipping fee at $15 per ton enabled the council to hold property taxes to the present 45 cents per $100 of assessed value.

In other business, Steven C. Horn, county planner, said the blockgrant request to address the town's storm water drainage problems had been forwarded to Annapolis by the April 30 deadline.

Mayor James C. Carlisle said he had received a letter of support for the application from Delegate Donald B. Elliott, R-Carroll, Howard.

Councilwoman Rebecca H. Harman added that she had sent letters to the state and to Sen. Charles H. Smelser, D-Carroll, Frederick, Howard, asking for support.

"We will just have to wait for the review process, which is competitive, to run its course," said Horn. "I'll keep you posted."

The council also voted to buy a $7,350 chipper to mulch its tree and yard waste.

"We will get mulch, a byproduct we can use, from this machine," said Councilman Terry Petry.

Councilman R. Kenneth Green said that since the town will no longer have to buy mulch, the chipper would pay for itself within about five years.

Micki Smith, president of the Heritage Committee, asked the council to consider putting the town on the National Register of Historic Places.

"New Windsor is worthy of recognition in the history of the state and the expansion of the county," said Smith. "Being on the register will allow the town to move forward on grants applications."

Harman volunteered to review the application with Smith and make a recommendation.

The town also voted to donate $50 to the Edgewood Church of the Brethren in memory of former Mayor Randall G. Spoerlein, who died April 26.


NEW WINDSOR -- The Pipe Creek Jaycees, town Lions Club, Volunteer Fire Company and Ladies Auxiliary combined efforts for an auction April 27 to benefit the Curfman family.

Paul Curfman, 6, is hospitalized with a liver ailment. The auction earned about $3,500, said Neal C. Roop of the Jaycees. The money will be used to pay for part of the child's medical expenses.


The school board and the association representing clerical and secretarial workers have declared an impasse in contract talks.

William R. Rooney, director of personnel and the board's representative in contract talks with the association, said differences on a proposal for changes in the sick-leave policy prompted both sides to declare an impasse.

The action comes on the heels of the CarrollCounty Education Association, which represents about 1,300 teachers,and the board declaring an impasse in those contract talks.

The associations and the board will ask state Superintendent Joseph L. Shilling to declare an impasse. If granted, the matter will go to the American Arbitration Association for mediation.

About 200 clerical and secretarial workers, assistants, and licensed practical nurses arerepresented by the Carroll Association of School Employees.

The board would not agree to language changes in the contract to allow workers to use sick-leave days to care for family members outside the home, Rooney said. Workers may now take four sick-leave days each year to care for family members at home.

A board proposal to add an additional sick-leave day was rejected by the association, Rooney said.

Negotiations between the board and the five associations representing workers began last fall. Current contracts expire June 30.

CCEA and the board declared an impasse after failing to agree on severalissues, including a proposal for a smoke-free work place and others regarding working conditions. The other associations representing custodial and maintenance workers, administrators, supervisors and food service workers have reached tentative agreements for fiscal 1992, which begins July 1.

None of the associations has been offered pay raises.


Rock found during pre-construction work at the site of the future Friendship Valley Elementary School couldraise the cost of that project by about $500,000, Carroll administrators told the school board last week.

"If we had not hit the rock,however, we probably could have been OK with the project," said Vernon F. Smith Jr., director of school support services.

The $5.5 million school, near Gist and Kate Wagner roads in Westminster, will alleviate overcrowding at Robert Moton, Westminster and William Winchester schools when it opens in September 1992, school officials said.

In addition to unexpected costs associated with that project, administrators also reported that the Sandymount Elementary School renovation and the ongoing construction of Spring Garden Elementary in Hampstead could run as much as $1 million over initial projections.

Bidsfor the Sandymount project, for instance, have come in about $800,000 higher than expected. Contracts for the project are expected to be awarded at Wednesday's board meeting.

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