HAMPSTEAD — William J. Matthews is waiting the assignment of a trial date in Carroll Circuit Court on his petition to rezone his property in the 1100block of Main St. here as business instead of residential.
Matthews and his attorney, Elwood Swam of Hampstead, filed the petition June 20 after his request was denied by the Town Council one day earlier.
Matthews is arguing that his building -- the old town library -- is the oldest operating business property and should therefore be zoned accordingly.
The Town Council based its decision on a rezoning and planning change made in 1986 to designate the block as a residential area.
Matthews, who lives in the building, said he was never notified of the zoning change in 1986 and didn't realize its effect until 1989, when the library moved to Greenmount and he attempted to fill the vacant space.
The council contends the 1986 change was madebecause most of the properties on the block were residential.
"Wefeel that it should be residential," said Arthur Moler, Hampstead Planning Commission chairman. "We do not want to change that decision because it would set a precedent for anyone else in town who would want to do the same thing."
FIRMS JOIN CHAMBER
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce has announced several new business members, including:
* Nutri Metrics International, 405 Monterey Drive, Westminster; Ginny Houser, Joanne Sayre.
* Optic Ivy, 405 N. Center St., Westminster; Naftaly B. Schwartz, Pniha Schwartz, Audi J. Schwartz.
* Perna Gymnastic, 3100 Littlestown Pike, Westminster; John Perna, Liz Perna, Nina Ebaugh.
* Unique Jewelry, 15 E. Main St., Westminster; Kim Wrightman.
* Winchester Exchange, 15 E. Main St., Westminster; David Max.
* Cartridge Recharging Service, 4608 Northwoods Trails, Hampstead; Michael and LaureeKunz.
CONSIDER REALTY CAREER
WESTMINSTER -- If you're considering a career change and would like to know more about being in business for yourself, Century 21 Charles J. Plunkert Inc. can help.
The firm will present a real estate seminar at 7 p.m. Aug. 20, at 40 S. Church St., to answer questions about a career in real estate. Reservations are requested.
Information: 876-1477 or 848-3074.
TOP SELLERS HONORED
WESTMINSTER -- Century 21 Charles J. Plunkert Inc. has announced its second quarter Sales Award recipients are Bebe Rush and Doris Wisner.
They received a plaque and certificate from Dick Egan, president of Century 21 of the Mid-Atlantic States, at a rally on the Lady Baltimore for all Century 21 agents and brokers from the Maryland district.
Rush has been a multimillion-dollar agent for manyyears. Previously, she was an agent for McDaniel Realty. She earned the Sales Master Gold award and is a VIP sales associate for Century 21.
Wisner was honored with the Sales Leader Silver Award. She hascompleted two years in the profession and has finished most of the requirements for VIP status.
Century 21 Charles J. Plunkert Inc. has been a member of the real estate community since 1978.
WORKER WINS VACATION
Elizabeth Hiebl Tillisch, regional director of Nutri-Metrics International, recently awarded Joanne Sayre, of Finksburg, a week's free use of her condominium in Ormond Beach, Fla.
Each year, Tillisch sponsors a contest to award the most productive consultant. The winner receives the week-long vacation about 40 miles from Disney World.
This is the second year a Carroll countian has won the award. Last year, Sayre's district director, Ginny Houser, won.
A group director with Nutri-Metrics, Sayre began her business last September.
"She's highly motivated and has been very instrumental in getting the word out about our environmentally safe and cruelty-free products," said Houser.
Sayre, her husband, John, sons, Sean and J. W.,and daughter, Nikia, will take their vacation in December.
BOARD APPROVES REQUESTS
WESTMINSTER -- The Board of Zoning Appeals of Carroll County has authorized two requests for conditional uses by businesses.
Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. requested a conditional use for the enlargement of an existing substation and a variance reducing theminimum front setback from 40 feet to 19 feet for a business signon the northwest side of Old Hanover Road just off Littlestown Pike nearSilver Run.
In authorizing the request, the board found that the substation is essential to supplying electricity to the growing area.A real estate appraiser indicated that the enlargement would have nomajor effect on adjacent properties.
The board also found that the sign would not affect nearby property owners.
A conditional use for a new communications equipment building at 1017 Washington Road, Westminster, by Motorola Communications and Electronics Inc. of Hanover, Anne Arundel County, also was approved by the board.
The new building will be adjacent to an existing building and tower. The boardauthorized the new building on the condition that the existing building be removed within two years of the date of issuance of the use and occupancy of the new facility.
BANK'S EARNINGS GROW
WESTMINSTER -- Carroll County Bank and Trust Co. has announced that earnings for the second quarter of 1991 grew by 30.9 percent, to $979,116, over the same period in 1990.
For the six months ending June 30, earningswere $1,992,823, up 18.1 percent over 1990. On a per share basis, net income amounted to $1.31, as compared with $1.11 for 1990. The bankhas 1,517,781 shares outstanding.
Total assets for the bank were $441,791,584, up 3.9 percent over 1990. Loans net decreased by 10.2 percent, from $257,247,546 to $230,905,767. Total deposits grew by $7,225,126 to $349,888,613.
Total stockholders' equity grew by 9.4 percent, standing at $33,595,943.
The bank's headquarters are in Westminster.