Water-saving Devices

Carroll capsule

August 25, 1991

MOUNT AIRY — For two years, 500 kits containing water-saving faucets, shower heads and toilet-tank devices have sat unused at Town Hall.

The Town Council decided Monday to give the kits away to residents on a first-come, first-served basis, after donating 71 of them to a local apartment complex. Residents can call Town Hall for details.

At its monthly meeting Monday the council:

* Approved a request for a street-design variance that will allow Wildwood Park Inc. to build 24-foot streets in its proposed 31-unit residential subdivision.

* Voted to reappoint Keith Gehle to the Planning and Zoning Commission and Scott Simpson to the Recycling Commission, and announced two vacancies on the Recycling Commission because Susan Lutz and Vernon Simpson are stepping down. Ben Gue was named to the town election board, filling the vacancy created by the departure of Pauline Buckman.

* Passed a resolution repealing the town's issuance of burning permits. Residents now must obtain permits from the county Health Department.

* Voted to keep at 5 percent a state tax on admissions andamusements, such as theater tickets and carnival rides. Municipalities can set the rate as high as 10 percent.


MOUNT AIRY -- Town planners will review landscaping plans tomorrow for the Twin Ridge subdivision, Mount Airy Industrial Park West, and Twin Ridge Elementary School.

At its regular monthly meeting, the town's Planning Commission also will discuss a preliminary plan for Nottingham Village, a 38-lot residential subdivision proposed for Watersville Road.

Also tomorrow, planners will consider rezoning the property behind Mount Airy Shopping Center.

The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 at Town Hall.


County planners will update a citizens' committee Tuesday on the progress of plans for the proposed Gillis Falls Reservoir.

The meeting, which will also be attended by the county commissioners, is set for 7:30 p.m. at Mount Olive United Methodist Church on Gillis Falls Road.

The reservoir, plannedto cover about 1,000 acres, is intended to relieve future water needs for South Carroll.

Plans for the reservoir, construction of which is said to be at least a decade off, are under review by state and federal environmental agencies, which must approve the project beforeit can move forward. Initial planning on the reservoir began in the early 1970s.

Tuesday's meeting is intended as a work session for the citizens' committee. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is expected to schedule a public hearing on the project in the comingmonths.


WESTMINSTER -- Jolene Sullivan, director of the department of citizen services, met with U.S. Representative Beverly B. Byron Monday to discuss the federal regulation regarding institutions and the effect it may have on two project homes in the county.

"We are very concerned for the providers in these homes and those individuals who are receiving personal care services," saidSullivan. "We went to Congresswoman Byron to see what could be done for these individuals who could be affected by the regulation."

The federal regulation says an institution must:

* Have four or morepeople unrelated to the proprietor.

* Furnish residents with foodand shelter.

* Provide treatment and/or care services.

At present, there are four individuals in project homes who may be impacted by this federal regulation. They live in a facility with four or morepeople.

"We talked to Congresswoman Byron and asked for her opinion on how we could help these people," said Sullivan. "She wondered about the possibility of grandfathering these individuals, so that they could continue to receive the personal care services."

Wayne Krauch, adult services supervisor for Social Services is hoping that Byron can remedy the situation for those individuals in the system now.

"This is a policy that has always been there, but was never enforced," he said. "Now they are coming down on us because money is getting tight."

There are three levels of personal care service offered for rates of $10, $20 and $25 per day. This money assists the individual with the cost of their care, which ranges from assistance gettingout of bed to dressing and bathing.

"If we can't work this out wedon't know what we are going to do," said Krauch. "These people are not eligible for nursing homes. A nursing home would cost three timesthe amount. It is more cost effective for them to continue receive personal care services."


Prince George's CountyExecutive Parris N. Glendening, who says he is "exploring" running for governor in 1994, toured Carroll yesterday and met with the Board of County Commissioners.

Glendening, a Democrat in his third term as executive, visited Sykesville and met with Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr.in the morning and later participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Main Street Early Learning Center in Westminster.

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