Affordable home improvement loans with 0 percent to 7.5 percent interest rates are available through Maryland's Department of Housing andCommunity Development programs.
County residents may call the Carroll County Bureau of Housing and Community Development for specific information on these programs developed to improve single-family and small rental properties.
The numerous programs providing assistance have varying guidelines, but any Maryland homeowner seeking to finance only energy improvements may be eligible regardless of income, provided they meet other program requirements.
Other rehabilitation loans with interest rates from 0 percent to 7 percent have income limit requirements. Homeowners must have stable and consistent income, acceptable credit ratingsand debt levels, and sufficient equity in their home.
VO-TECH HOUSE FOR SALE
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Commissioners will accept sealed bids July 22 for the house constructed by the Carroll County Career and Technology Center students.
The Victorian-style house at 138 E. Green St. has two stories, threebedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, a wraparound porch and a rear deck.
Itis fully air conditioned, has a fireplace and is on a fully landscaped corner lot with a blacktop driveway.
The house will be shown from 2 to 4 p.m. July 8 and from 5 to 7 p.m. July 9.
Minimum bid is set at $165,000, and a $5,000 minimum deposit is required at the submission of a bid.
Bids will be accepted until 5 p.m. in Room 300 ofthe county office building on Center Street.
NO ACTION YET ON GRANT
NEW WINDSOR -- Mayor James C. Carlisle said the state has made no decision yet on the town's grant application for money to address its storm-water problems.
Councilwoman Rebecca H. Harman said she had received a "discouraging" reply to her letter to the Department of the Environment.
"Every time we apply to the state, it's like joining 100 chickens battling for one ear of corn," said the mayor.
In a recent meeting with the County Commissioners, the mayor proposed a low-interest county fund, available for thetowns, as an alternative to the grant application process.
TANEYTOWN -- After months of debate and fine tuning, the City Council is slated to take final action tomorrow on a proposed ordinance that would require sprinklers in some new commercial buildings and in building renovations under certain conditions.
The council introduced the ordinance at its June meeting.
Under the proposedordinance, sprinkler systems would be required in new single-story buildings 8,500 square feet or larger and multistory buildings 10,500 square feet or larger.
By 1996, the city also would require sprinkler systems in all new residential dwellings, including one- and two-family houses.
The existing ordinance requires new commercial construction, regardless of size, to include sprinkler systems. All renovations, repairs and remodeling to existing commercial buildings must include sprinkler systems in the entire building.
The ordinance also requires multifamily dwellings, such as town homes and duplexes, to have sprinklers, as well. Single-family homes are exempt from the ordinance.
Members of the business community and some council members have complained the ordinance creates a hardship and will curb development and downtown revitalization.
Despite the proposed changes, some council members remain concerned about the hazards of not having sprinkler systems in existing homes. Recommendations to require existing homes to be retrofitted with sprinkler systems have been suggested but are not part of the proposed ordinance.
The council will meet at 7:30 p.m.
Carroll Haven will provide transportation for people with developmental disabilities in the county.
The service, which will begin Wednesday, will provide daily transportation between home and the Carroll Haven Day and Work Activity programs for severely disabled people.
To provide the service, Carroll Haven purchased four Terra Transit II vans from Colonial EquipmentCo. in Mount Airy and Crouse Ford in Taneytown. Financing for the vans is provided by Taneytown Bank and Trust Co.
Each of the vans has an automatic lift, two wheelchair positions and 10 seats.
Carroll Haven is located on East Green Street in Westminster.
BYPASS IS BYPASSED
An impact study of the Westminster Bypass will take only a year to complete.
Which year it will be completed in, however, is uncertain.
State officials last week said that consideration of thebypass around portions of Route 140 in Westminster is far in the future.
The bypass has been discussed for more than 20 years, and county officials recently have been concerned with the increasing amountof traffic on the popular commuter route to Baltimore.
A study done last year found that more than a third of the traffic on the road would benefit from a bypass; the study also found that almost 70 percent of all trips made on Route 140 were by commuters.