WESTMINSTER — A city well shut down three years ago because of fuel contamination can be used again, state administrators said.
Maryland Department of the Environment officials ordered the Koontz well closed in 1988 after 5,000 to 10,000 gallons of fuel were accidentally pumped into it.
City administrators say the water supplied by the well, located between Carroll and John streets, is needed because the area is enduring drought conditions.
Environmental officials blamed the fuel spill on the Southern States Cooperative, but also credited the co-op with quick response, which resulted in a fast cleanup.
But at least one resident thinks the well is being reopened too soon.
"The wellstill is the same it was when they closed it," said Manchester Avenue resident Monroe Haines, a self-appointed advocate for streams in the area.
Mike Downey, a Republican who last month announced his candidacy for the 6th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, spent Wednesday campaigning in Carroll.
Among the stops for Downey, a 65-year-old resident of Thurmont, Frederick County, were the North Carroll Senior Citizens Center in Greenmount and the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company Carnival.
Downey will be vying for the seat held by seven-term incumbent Democrat Beverly B. Byron. Other candidates who have filed to run in the 1992 election are Democrats Anthony P. Puca, a resident of Potomac,Montgomery County, and state Delegate Thomas Hattery, D-Carroll, Frederick, Howard.
A native of Omaha, Neb., Downey is president of M/R Communications Development, a satellite communications consulting company.
MORE TRAINING APPROVED
Carroll's health assistants must attain additional training to become licensed practical nurses under a plan approved by the school board last week.
The school staff sought to upgrade training because of a changing student population that includes more medically fragile students, said Edwin L. Davis, director of pupil services/special programs.
Fewer than 10 health assistants among the district's 30 schools will be affected by the plan.
During fiscal 1993, 1994 and 1995 school years, the board will grantfour unpaid leaves of absence to present health assistants with satisfactory or better annual evaluations.
Once licensed, employees could return to their former positions and receive reimbursement for upto $1,800 in tuition costs. Tuition reimbursement only applies to licensed practical nurses programs.
Davis said the proposal, writtenwith input from health assistants and their association, the CarrollAssociation of School Employees, attempted to address two problems: the changing medical needs of students and health assistant workers who have "served faithfully" and are at risk of losing positions because of new requirements.
Health assistants who do not want to seek additional training may request transfer to other positions in the system. Licensed practical nurses will replace health assistants because of retirement, transfer or other reasons.
Board member Joseph D.Mish was the only board member to vote against the plan. He said he was concerned about workers who had served the district for years andalso expressed surprise that the CASE contract didn't address paid sabbaticals.
STATE WAIVER SOUGHT
The Carroll school board will seeka waiver from the state Department of Education to continue offeringinformation about menstruation to fourth-grade girls.
Carroll hasbeen offering information about menstruation to fourth-grade girls in the family life and human development program Xfor about 10 year but only recently discovered the instruction was not in compliance withstate education bylaws.
The bylaw requires that human reproduction instruction should not begin earlier than age 10 nor later than age12. The program should be presented in grades five, six or seven.
Carroll educators, though, believe the program should be taught earlier because data shows that 23.3 percent of the population reports that menarche occurs at age 11 or younger. To delay instruction, officials said, means many girls would begin menstruation without proper information.
Board member Cheryl A. McFalls opposed seeking the waiver because the district has been struggling to meet all education bylaws with its curriculum, including AIDS education for fourth-grade students.
The board and the Carroll Association ofSchool Employees ratified a one-year contract for fiscal 1992, whichbegan July 1.
CASE, which represents about 200 clerical and secretarial workers, health assistants and licensed practical nurses, is the fourth association representing school workers to ratify contractswith the board.
The Carroll County Education Association, which represents about 1,300 teachers, remains the only association without a contract. Its members, however, are casting ballots on a tentative agreement reached with the board earlier this summer.
TANEYTOWN AGENDA SET