WESTMINSTER — An outbreak of parvo virus at the Carroll County Humane Society has been brought under control, and dogs once again are being adopted out, said Nicki Ratliff, director.
The virus apparently came from a stray puppy that had been taken to the society last month and spread the virus throughout the facility, killing several dogs.
"We bleach down the facility every day and everything is on the up and up now," Ratliff said. "Bleach is the only thing known that kills the virus, so we've been bleaching away, and that's all we can do."
The parvo virus, discovered in 1978, affects dogs only and is spread through the animal's feces.
"The virus is all over, wherever dogs congregate," Ratliff said.
She urged all dog owners to have their dogs vaccinated annually with the parvo vaccine to prevent the disease. Puppies and older dogs are more likely to die from the virus,which can affect the dog's heart, causing it to die suddenly.
If a dog is infected, symptoms will appear in three to five days and include vomiting, diarrhea and fever.
HAMPSTEAD --A developer who had requested the town annex agricultural property he owned has withdrawn his request, said his lawyer.
Although no official votes by town boards were taken, the indication was the annexation wouldn't be approved, said John Maguire II, who represented Westminster developer Thomas Matthews to the town Planning and Zoning Commission.
Maguire said Matthews didn't want to spend any more time and money on pursuing the matter after members of the Planning and Zoning Commission expressed reluctance to annex agricultural land, preferring to reserve it for farming and less dense development.
Although annexation by the town would not change the agricultural zoning of the land, it would have allowed more dense development.
N. CARROLL FARMS GROWS
HAMPSTEAD -- A new section with another 220 homes is proposed for North Carroll Farms, a development off Fairmount Road.
Developer Martin K. P. Hill of Masonry Contractors is proposing a mix of single-family, duplex and town houses for a fourth section to the development.
The Planning and Zoning Commission Monday approved a site plan for the new section, with plans to later address two concerns about more of a buffer between a planned road and a nearby well head -- land that allows rainwater to trickle into the ground and toward a well.
SHORTER METER HOURS?
WESTMINSTER -- Enforcement of parking meters in the city could be scaled back by three hours on weekdays and completely on Saturdays, if a measure the City Council discussed Monday becomes reality.
At its regular meeting Monday, the council charged the city attorney with drawing up a resolution aimed at ending the operation of the meters at 3 p.m. on weekdays, down from 6 p.m.
The council discussed a 90-day trial period.
The move could cost the city between $15,000 and $20,000 in annual meter revenue, said Councilman Kenneth A. Yowan. But the council hopes free parking late in the day would compel more rush-hour motorists to shop in the downtown commercial district.
Also on Monday, the council introduced a resolution that would allow the police chief to authorize temporary changes in traffic control, such as closing streets and alleys.
SUBDIVISION PLAN OK'D
MOUNT AIRY -- Town planners gave conditional approval to plans for a proposed 31-lot residential subdivision on Ridge Avenue.
At its regular monthly meeting, the Planning Commission approved plans for Wildwood Park, a single-family detached home development on about 18 acres, on the condition that the builder conducta traffic-impact study should it be deemed necessary by town administrators.
The proposal now goes on to the Town Council.
Also on Monday, the commission set the next master plan workshop for Monday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
MEETING PRESIDENT BUSH
WESTMINSTER -- Karen Stansbury said she was speechless Monday as President and Barbara Bush walked through the back door of Fisher House for a visit.
The new manager of the guest home for seriously ill Navy personnel and their families at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Montgomery County, said the couple were there for the new facility's ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Stansbury, who lives in Westminsterwith her husband and two children, said the two-story colonial mansion can house up to seven families of Navy personnel being treated at the medical center.
Each family shares a kitchen, dining room, laundry room and yard. Bedrooms and bathing facilities are private.
TRASH CONTRACT RENEWED
UNION BRIDGE -- The Town Council voted unanimously Monday to continue its trash contract with Haden Trash Removal Inc., paying the same weekly fee of $275.
The town will replace reusable bags with plastic bins for its recyclables. The bins should arrive about July 1, when the new contract takes effect, said Town Clerk Kathleen D. Kreimer. Residents may purchase extra bins at the Town Hall for $5.93.