Council Delays Decision

Carroll Capsule

June 09, 1991

NEW WINDSOR — The council voted to delay any decision to place the town on the National Register of Historic Places until the July session.

"We needmore information," said Mayor James C. Carlisle at Wednesday's meeting. "We considered this a few years ago and decided against it."

Resident Micki Smith had attended the May meeting to advocate joining the register, stressing to the council the differences between it and historic districts.

"Residents here would not be restricted on exterior home improvements," she said.

Council also delayed a decision on annexing five acres of land on Route 31. The land could bethe site of a mail order business, if town water is made available.

In other business, the mayor swore in newly re-elected Councilmen Everett R. Ecker, D. Kenneth Grimes and Terry Petry.

The council also voted to allow Boy Scout Troop 391 to pick up recyclable items from the town's senior citizens.

The troop will begin the program July 20 and continue it on the third Saturday of each month.

STUDY TO BE PRESENTED

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

Details of the long-awaited citygovernment space-needs study will be presented tomorrow to the City Council.

Architects who conducted the $35,000 study for the city will make a formal presentation of their findings at the council meeting at 7:30 p.m. The council will convene location tomorrow in the Dixon Room at the Carroll County Library branch at 50 E. Main St.

Thestudy, released last month, and recommends developing a "campus-type" setting costing $3.4 million. The 68-page report calls for renovation of City Hall and a 10,000-square-foot addition, along with a new building for the police department.

Previously the council has conducted its twice-monthly meetings in the Council Chamber at City Hall.But during the campaign leading to the last month's election, the issue of chamber's suitability was raised, and some candidates called for seeking another location.

Some council members say City Hall isnot a good location because it is not accessible to the handicapped and it's difficult for the audience to see and hear adequately.

Depending on how the library meeting room works out tomorrow, the council may continue gathering there or explore the Volunteer Fire Companyor the Carroll County Office Building.

The space study, conductedby Cho, Wilks & Benn Inc. of Baltimore, was a central issue in the election, in which two incumbents lost their seats. The former councilput $1.3 million in the budget for the project although the formal report had not been released.

The new council later revised the budget and removed some of the money allotted for the project.

TRASH FEES ON AGENDA

DATELINE: SYKESVILLE

The Sykesville Town Council will once again wrestle with the problem of equitable trash collection andDumpster rental fees to the downtown business district at its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Town House, 7547 Main St.

The council has been working with the Sykesville Business Association to come up with a solution to the problem of covering the county's landfill tipping fees, half of which comes from the business district.

Also on the agenda is a Raincliffe Center loan update, open bids on public works equipment, Planning Commission appointments, status of Program Open Space grant projects, a recycling report and the HomesteadProperty Tax Credit.

The Capital Improvements Program will be discussed, along with leasing options for maintenance equipment for the town.

TEACHERS WRITE BOARD

A group of South Carroll High School teachers has written the Board of Education asking that it reconsider its stance on several non-economic issues that have led to an impasse between the board and the teachers association.

The board and the Carroll County Education Association, which represents about 1,300 teachers, reached an impasse in May after failing to agree on several issues, including smoke-free schools, sick-leave bank and mandated attendance at evening school functions.

An arbitrator held a hearing May 30 but wasn't able to resolve differences between the two groups.Another hearing is to be scheduled.

"Sadly, this year's negotiations have given many teachers the impression that their extra efforts have been taken for granted," the letter stated.

The CCEA, like other associations representing school workers, agreed to no pay raisesnext fiscal year, which begins July 1. CCEA officials have said it is unfair to add extra duties, such as mandated attendance at an evening school function, when teachers will not receive pay boosts.

Signed by 57 members of the South Carroll faculty, the letter includes alist of uncompensated activities teachers participate in. Among themare clubs and organizations, school committees, class sponsors, supervision of evening activities and after-school detention.

"We ask that you read the attached list and reconsider the instructions that you have given to your (negotiating) team," the letter stated.

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