WESTMINSTER — Effective Saturday, the city's monthly Newspaper Recycling Day on the first Saturday of each month now will accept cardboard to be recycled.
In addition to newspapers, residents can bring any cardboard they have to the collection site 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the City MaintenanceShop, 105 Railroad Ave.
The site is staffed by city personnel and volunteers who will help in unloading recyclables is needed. Newspaper Recycling Day was established May 4.
News papers should be bundled with cord or twine to a thickness of about 1 foot, or put in bags. For cardboard drop-offs, boxes should be flattened and bundled and preferably tied.
Newspapers and cardboard still can be recycled at the Carroll County Recycling Center on Route 97 near the airport, as well.
PARKING METERS CHANGED
WESTMINSTER -- On Aug. 26, the mayor and council adopted Resolution No. R91-12 that authorized temporary changes in the hours of operation of parking meters in order to evaluate the effects of the recommendations of theDowntown Task Force with respect to parking.
The resolution provides that the hours of operation of parking meters in the city during weekdays shall conclude 3 p.m. rather than the previously establishedtime, and that there shall be no hours of operation on Saturdays fora 60-day period from Sept. 1 to Oct. 30.
The mayor and council will then evaluate the results of the 60 day adjustment in the hours ofoperation to determine if any permanent changes would be made.
CANDIDATE ENTERING RACE
A Frederick County resident announces his candidacy for the 6th District congressional seat today.
Republican Roscoe Bartlett filed with the state elections law board in Annapolis Friday, reporting $17,000 in contributions and "unalterable commitments." He declined to say how much of his own money he will spend.
The65-year-old Buckeystown resident, who has lived in Frederick County since 1961, has a doctorate in physiology and retired five years ago from medical school teaching.
Bartlett said he will announce his campaign platform at 11:30 this morning at the Frederick County Courthouse, to be followed later in the week with appearances in Westminster and other parts of the district.
He and his wife, Ellen, have 10children.
SAVE FAMILY CEMETERIES
County Attorney Charles W. Thompson Jr. has begun drawing up legislation protecting all family cemeteries in Carroll County.
The county commissioners requested Thompson begin the draft after meeting with Karen Dattilio and Janet Colburnof the Carroll County Genealogical Society.
Dattilio, president of the society, and Colburn, charter president and genealogical librarian at the Carroll County Public Library, told commissioners that stronger regulations are necessary to protect the family plots.
Although the General Assembly passed legislation protecting private cemeteries last year, the law does not impose penalties for moving the plots and local genealogical societies attempting to save the sites may be sued if developers feel the groups are impeding construction.
Thompson said one way to prevent sites from inadvertently being destroyed would be to require the cemeteries be recorded during subdivision review and during the off-conveyance process.
TELETHON TOTALS DOWN
WESTMINSTER -- Carroll County residents pledged about $3,000 in the fight against Muscular Dystrophy during the annual 24-hour telethon, said Nancy L. Boone, chairman for the event.
Boone said volunteers were "somewhat disappointed" with the money raised, which fell more than $2,000 below last year's total of $5,300.
"We got a lot of phone calls, but the pledges were smaller this year," she said, adding the economy probably played a big role in the decrease. "Still, we are grateful because every little bit helps."
Boone, whose 8-year-old son, R.J., suffers from the muscular disease,worked the entire telethon. About 25 other volunteers rotated on six-hour shifts, she said.
Several people called the county number with $100 donations, she said.
"A lot of children called in $1 pledges," she said. "Many emptied their piggy banks."
Boone said the county chapter would like to schedule a dance this fall to make up the difference.
Across the state, donations passed the $1 million mark, said Ellen Torres, district director. The final state figure for pledges and donations was $1,099,535.
TOWN EYES ANNEXATION
DATELINE: NEW WINDSOR
NEW WINDSOR -- The Town Council will have a public hearing on a proposed annexation at its regular monthly meeting 7:30 p.m. today.
Jack Gullo has asked the town to annex his 25-acre propertyalong Route 31. The proposal was introduced at the council's June session.
Residents can voice their concerns at the hearing prior to the council's vote on the proposal.