WESTMINSTER — County Commissioner Julia W. Gouge has been named a member of the National Association of Counties' Community and Economic Development Committee.
She was appointed by NACo President Kaye Braaten, a commissioner in Richland County, N.D.
Gouge serves as the commissioner representative to Carroll's Economic Development Commission. She is second vice president of the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments and a voting member of its EDC.
As a student at the Economic Development Institute in Norman, Okla., Gouge submitted the thesis "Posturing Carroll County for EconomicGrowth in a Competitive Regional Marketplace."
NACo's 12 steeringcommittees are made up of 50 to 60 county officials who meet during the year to examine issues critical to local government.
Their recommendations on county legislative goals are presented to the nation's county officials at NACo's annual meeting. If approved, the recommendations become part of the American County Platform, which is the basis of NACo's efforts in representing counties to Congress and the White House.
UTILITY CHARGE ENACTED
The Carroll County Bureau of Utilities has enacted a $25 charge for service calls made in connection with the state's "Miss Utility" program.
Thecharge will become effective Oct. 1.
The program, initiated in January, provides a central number for developers, contractors, tree workers and residents to call prior to underground excavation.
"MissUtility" contacts the appropriate jurisdiction, which in turn goes to the site to mark the location of underground utilities.
County utility workers mark water and sewer lines within county service areaswithin one working day of receiving the call.
The developer or excavation contractor is responsible for promptly completing the work and notifying "Miss Utility" when the work is completed. If "Miss Utility" is not notified within 10 days that the excavation work has beendone, the jurisdiction automatically receives a second notice, resulting in a second $25 charge to the contractor.
The county is initiating the charge to offset county costs related to the program. More than $2,700 has been spent on fax charges and marking paint in the first four months of the program, not including labor and administrative expenses.
SYKESVILLE CAN RECYCLE
Area residents can take advantage of this town's recycling center at the Town Maintenance Building on Sandosky Road.
The Sykesville Recycling Center accepts newspaper, cardboard, glass bottles, plastic containers, bimetal cans, tin food cans, aluminum pie pans, used motor oil and used anti-freeze.
The center buys aluminumcans, aluminum siding and doors, non-ferrous metals, car and truck batteries, lead, copper, brass, stainless steel, high-grade paper, radiators, condensers, generators and alternators.
The center is openfrom 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Pickup service is available.
LANDFILLS ARE FREE
Two Saturdays next month have been designated as "free days" for county residents to use Northern or Hodds Mill landfills.
On Oct. 5 and 12, county residents will not be charged the standard landfill fee to dispose of residential trash. A driver's license must be presented for proof of county residency.
Commercial vehicles will pay the normal charge.
County landfillswill be open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. those Saturdays.
PROGRAM PROVIDES FOOD
The Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland announces the sponsorship of theChild and Adult Care Food Program at the South Carroll Adult Day Care Center, 5745 Bartholow Road.
The same meals will be available toall enrolled participants at no separate charge, regardless of race,color, sex, age, handicap or national origin. There is no discrimination in admissions policy, meal service or the use of facilities.
Eligibility for free and reduced price meal reimbursement is based onthe income scales below effective July 1, 1991 to June 30, 1992. Adult participants who are members of food stamp households or who are SSI or Medicaid participants are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits.
BYRON BACK AT WORK
Representative Beverly B. Byron,D-6th, has concluded her annual summer district tour, which includedindividual meetings with more than 600 constituents, and returned toCongress.
The agenda of legislative business is likely to keep the House working past the traditional Thanksgiving break.
In its first week back, Congress reauthorized the 1965 Older Americans Act until fiscal 1995, providing $2 billion for programs that focus on reaching the elderly, including minorities who are most in need of nutrition, health care and counseling.