WESTMINSTER — Cranberry Mall and Radio Shack have teamed up for a special contest for the back to school season.
Radio Shack has agreed to give awaya Tandy 1000 HX computer, including monitor and printer, to the winner of the "Add it up, Back to School is Cool" contest.
The contest deadline is Aug. 29, with the drawing at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 following a computer demonstration. Entry blanks are available from participating mall stores. No purchase is necessary, but entrants must be 18 or older, and only one entry per person per day is allowed.
PANEL STARTS WORK
The county commissioners tapped a long-time county administrative assistant to head a new committee on public facilities needed to accommodate growth in thecounty.
George Grier, who was the commissioners' right-hand man for years in the 60s and 70s, will chair the Adequate Facilities Committee, which was directed to begin work Thursday afternoon.
The committee is made up of representatives from organizations that contribute services needed to sustain growth in the county.
The committee will make recommendations to the commissioners for an adequate publicfacilities ordinance.
The county already has such an ordinance inplace, but the commissioners are looking at ways to make it stronger.
The ordinance basically controls when growth can occur, tying development to the number of schools, public sewer systems and police protection.
Commissioner Julia W. Gouge said the need for an updated adequate facilities ordinance arose several years ago, when it became apparent that growth in some areas was outstripping the supply of basic governmental services.
CENTER WATER UNSAFE
The Carroll County Health Department said last week that water at the Finksburg SeniorCenter in Deer Park contained unhealthy levels of fecal coliform bacteria at the end of June.
Larry Leitch, a spokesman for the healthdepartment, said that the well servicing the center has had intermittent problems with contamination since 1989, but June's fecal coliform readings was the most serious water safety threat yet.
A septic tank near the well may be the culprit, the health department said.
Unusually high levels of the bacteria can cause diarrhea and stomachproblems.
Seniors at the center are bringing bottled water from approved wells. The seniors also use wet wash cloths and baby wipes for their hands
Seniors at the center say the problem with the well is just further proof that the center needs to be replaced.
The center, they say, needs air conditioning and needs to be expanded to alleviate crowding.
About 70 seniors use the center.
SEWER SYSTEM FULL
Two large parcels of land slated for development in Hampstead will probably be the last projects to have access to the public water system, county planning officials said last week.
One 45-acre tract, part of the larger Widerman property annexed into town last year, is located on the west side of Hampstead, near the proposed Route 30 bypass. Plans call for 287 homes on the tract.
The other property is a 90-acre industrially zoned tract on the south side of town.
The town's water and sewer plant has the capacity to process 900,000 gallons of sewage a day; the two tracts are expected to generate 1.03 million gallons of sewage a day.
The two parcels were among nine included in an amended water and sewer plan that the county is expected to revise this year.
POLICE MANUAL OK?
MANCHESTER -- The first police manual devised here may be approved Tuesday night.
The manual, which contains a controversial section giving the town's officers authority to carry their service revolvers while off duty, has been debated by the town council for months and worked out in January by Police Chief David Myers.
Mayor Earl A.J. "Tim" Warehime Jr. said last week that he hopes to have a vote on the proposed manual during the council's regular meeting Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
In addition to the gun-carrying authority, the manual also makes clear disciplinary procedures, promotion requirements and training procedures.
In otheraction Tuesday night, the council is expected to discuss the updatedTown/County Agreement. The agreement is a financial arrangement in which the county reimburses Carroll's eight towns for services provided by both the town and the county.
Also up for discussion, Warehime said, is the town's parking situation. A parking survey was recently tabulated, and the council has yet to act on any recommendations that have come out of that survey.
BOARD AGENDA SET
The Carroll Board of Education will act on a proposal to upgrade the training of health assistants at its regular monthly meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
A proposal submitted to the board earlier this year recommended that all school-based health personnel be trained in licensed practical nursing. The board, responding to concerns about the plan, appointed a committee to study the issue and return with recommendations.