WESTMINSTER — The city has placed a public recycling bin in the parking lot of theMaryland Jaycees/Little People's Place Child Development Center, 602Johahn Drive, adjacent to the Westminster Municipal Jaycee Park.
The white recycling bin is available to the public on a full-time basis. Acceptable items for recycling are cans (aluminum and bi-metal), brown, green and clear glass bottles, plastic bottles (milk, soda anddetergent).
The recycling bin will not accept newspapers. Residents who wish to recycle newspapers should take them to the Carroll County Recycling Center, Route 97 near the airport, or drop them off at the City Maintenance Shop, 105 Railroad Ave., between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month.
The city asks that residents place recycled materials in the proper compartment of the recycling bin and noton the ground in front of the bin. The recycling bin will be emptiedas needed. Residents are asked to help keep the area around the bin clean.
INMATES MIGHT WORK
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll Commissionersare working with the Sheriff's Department and the Detention Center warden to develop a program that would allow inmates to do jobs for the county.
The inmates, who would be supervised by guards, could be assigned to tasks such as washing county vehicles, working at the recycling center, cleaning up stream beds at parks and painting interiors of county buildings.
However, commissioners said they are uncertain whether such a program would save money for the county and expressed concerns about safety issues.
TOWN SWEARS IN COUNCIL
SYKESVILLE -- The Town Council will have a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Town House, 7547 Main St., to swear in the three new council members and introduce the budget.
Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. willswear in Jonathan Herman, Walter R. White and William R. Hall Jr. The council then will elect a president and Helt will make department assignments.
The new council will vote on an introduction from Heltfor the budget. Other matters that have been deferred at recent meetings also will be discussed.
The meeting is open to the public.
PLEASE CUT THOSE WEEDS
WESTMINSTER -- During hot weather, accumulated trash, stagnant water, tall grass and overgrown weeds become a breeding ground for potentially harmful ticks and rodents.
County residents are required by law to keep their property free of such hazards.
Following a resident's complaint, the Carroll Health Department will visit the site to determine if it "constitutes a nuisance or menace to the public health or safety."
When such determination is made, the property owner is notified in writing and given 15 days to abate the hazard. If the offender does not comply, the county is authorized to remove the nuisance and "reasonable cost of the removal shallbe assessed against the property as a special tax." This assessment will be added to the owner's annual property tax bill.
A property owner having such an assessment may petition the County Commissionersfor relief. A hearing will be conducted within 30 days to determine reasonableness.
Grass and/or weeds not for human or animal consumption and exceeding 6 inches are considered to be a possible health hazard.
ARE YOU OWED REFUNDS?
ANNAPOLIS --The Maryland State Comptroller's Office is looking for 15,000 Marylanders it owes some $50 million, including several Carroll countians.
Heather C. Daniel, Catherine P. Morse and Dee C. Roush, all of Carroll County, are among those who have unclaimed funds on the comptroller's records.
"These unclaimed funds include bank accounts, abandoned wages, contents of safe deposit boxes and other items that we safeguard while trying to locate the rightful owners," said Louis L. Goldstein, comptroller.
He urges citizens to contact the comptroller's branch office in Westminster to find out if they are the rightful owners of any unclaimed funds, which can be checked out by computer.
The comptroller noted that if there is no activity on a bank account for a period of five years, the financial institution must report it to his office.
"That's why it's important to make a minimal deposit or withdrawal to each account you have at least once a year," Goldstein said.
If the funds remain unclaimed after efforts to locate the individual through mail and advertising, the money is transferred to the state.
"However, that doesn't mean the money is lost to its rightful owners," Goldstein said. "Under Maryland's custodial law, the rightful owner or legitimate heir can claim the funds at any time in the future."
The comptroller's branch office in Carroll County is at 12 Westminster Shopping Center, Route 140 and Englar Road.
Information: 848-4699 or 848-4779.
REACTION TO ABUSE LAW
WESTMINSTER -- Some county domestic-violence counselors are skeptical of a law signed by the governor last week that allows evidence of "batteredspouse syndrome" to be used in court.