WESTMINSTER — Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. crews returned to their regular assignments last week after spending up to nine days assisting with repairs to electric systems in eastern Massachusetts heavily damaged by Hurricane Bob.
Bruce Hirsch and Jim Lindner, general supervisors who led the BG & E teams, said service was restored to thousands of homesand businesses in northern and east central areas of the state, as well as Cape Cod.
The BG & E contingent of 108 volunteers in 52 vehicles left the Baltimore area in two separate groups Aug. 20 and 22. Organized into 35 crews, they comprised a cross-section of job descriptions: line mechanics, construction specialists, designers, radio technicians, vehicle mechanics and support personnel.
Included in the group were 12 residents of Carroll County:
* New Windsor: Walter Hunt.
* Millers: Wayne Yelton.
* Sykesville: Gregory Dash.
* Woodbine: Edwin R. Gable and Todd Grimes.
* Westminster: Gordon Johnson, Marc Haines, Franklin Bosley, Henry Harbaugh, Thomas Konsen, Russell Foglesong and Rick Stietel.
The group's equipment consisted of 35 construction vehicles and a mobile command center. Replacement materials were supplied by the host utilities, Commonwealth Electric Co. and Massachusetts Electric Co.
The workers returned as a single convoy Aug.28 to BG & E service centers in Baltimore city and county, and Harford, Carroll, Howard and Anne Arundel counties. At work and in transit, they spent more than 15,000 hours completing their assigned tasks.
All costs will be reimbursed by the two Massachusetts utilities. In recognition of BG & E's efforts, the town of Falmouth, Mass., declared Aug. 27 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. Appreciation Day.
CAPTION: A crew of Baltimore Gas and Electric volunteers prepares to replace a utility pole in Lowell, Mass., as partof relief efforts following Hurricane Bob.
SHA PROJECTS TO START
Two State Highway Administration projects have been awarded to C. J. Miller Inc. of Hampstead and Flippo Construction Co. of Forestville, Prince George's County, for paving Route 194 and rehabilitating the Route 75 bridge across Little Pipe Creek.
SHA awarded the contracts for the two projects, both of which are expected to be started by the end of this month and completed next spring, said Larry Patterson, SHA area engineer in Frederick.
The Route 194 paving project is estimated to cost $1 million. C. J. Miller Inc. will pave a six-mile section of the road from the Frederick County line to Taneytown.
The $626,000 Route 75 bridge project, given to Flippo Construction, will include rebuilding 121 feet of substructure and a steel beam span across Little Pipe Creek near New Windsor.
Both projects received last-minute funding during an emergency General Assembly session in June. At that time, Gov. William Donald Schaefer and the legislators reached an agreement whereby state programs were trimmed, but Motor Vehicle Administration fees were raised to help pay for the needed highway projects across the state.
The agreement helped maintain almost $250 million in federal road money.
The state government could face a deficit this winter of as much as $365 million, early budget projections say. Despite any deficit, the two Carroll projects will go ahead, said Patterson.
HERTZ GETS A NEW JOB
WESTMINSTER -- Philip Hertz, who was city manager for three months until the council abolished the position, began a new job with Martinsburg, W. Va., Monday.
Hertz said he applied for the Martinsburg manager's position after seeing it advertised. He said 140 peopleapplied for the job.
Hired by Westminster last January as city manager, Hertz took over many duties performed by the mayor. But he resigned in May after the newly elected council did away with the position.
He was to have received an annual salary of $57,500 from Westminster. The Martinsburg managership pays $47,500.
"This will be the fourth state I've worked in, and the city manager's job is pretty much the same all over," he said.
Hertz, who is single, said Saturday he was checking into a house in the West Virginia town and may move there this week if things work out. He said he was looking forward to the new job, where there is less friction between the mayor and council.
Tony Senecal, Martinsburg's mayor who has been doing the city manager's duties, said he was impressed with Hertz's qualifications and felt he could handle the job.
SYKESVILLE -- Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr.'s introduction of anew historic district ordinance, with a map outlining the boundariesof the district, was passed unanimously at Monday night's Town Council meeting.
The new ordinance, which replaces an existing but non-functioning 1983 ordinance, reduces the commission from seven to fivemembers and includes guidelines for alterations and construction from the U.S. Department of the Interior.