WESTMINSTER — Various human services throughout the county need to be coordinated,Jolene Sullivan, director of Citizen Services, told the Community Services Council Wednesday.
Sullivan serves as a liaison between thecommissioners and the county's agencies.
"What we would like to do is provide services all under one roof," she said. "It would be like one-stop shopping.
"Instead of having our agencies spread all over the county, we would like to try to coordinate human services so they are convenient for those who utilize them."
Derold Johnson, a public policy specialist with the Maryland Food Committee, discussed the differences between education and lobbying and urged representatives from county agencies to identify community needs and make them known to legislators.
"What education does, is let people know what the needs are in your community," he said. "Lobbying, on the other hand, is when you ask a legislator to perform a specific duty.
"Once needs are identified, lobbying takes place so legislators are made aware of the important issues among their constituents."
In other business, the 3-H Fair (health, housing and hunger) will take place 3 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Cranberry Mall.
"This is a chance for our agencies to get together and learn about each other," said Lynda Gainor, deputy director of Human Services Programs for Carroll County. "We scheduled it at this time so staff members could be able to attend.
"The fair is geared toward the public and elected public officials so that they can become educated on health, housing and hunger in Carroll County."
Also, the Business Mentor program will be 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Martin's in Westminster.
"What we want to do is recruit mentors to work with Maryland's Tomorrow students (who are at risk of dropping out of high school), and help them realize the importance of staying in school," said Diane Massey, director of Job Training Partnership Act Office.
The meeting will serve as a training session which will discuss the role of the mentor and plans for this school year.
TOWN ASKS TOT LOT MONEY
Residents and town officials met with the Carroll County Recreation and Parks Advisory Board Wednesday nightto ask for $7,600 for a tot lot for the Lexington Run subdivision.
The town turned to the county for help with the project after the state cut Program Open Space funding in July.
Officials had appliedfor a $16,500 POS grant for the two-phase project last spring.
Teri Reyes has been leading a fund-raising campaign among Lexington Runresidents since spring. The community has raised $1,000 toward the project and Reyes has helped design a unique Big Toy tot lot.
"We're asking about $7,600 from the county, and they told us we'd need $1,800 as our share for Phase I as a self-help group," Reyes said. "The Advisory Board told us they had $42,000 in requests from community groups and about $31,000 in grants to give."
Reyes said it would be at least a couple of weeks before the town hears a decision from the board. If the town would only get a portion of the needed money for Phase I, the county could hold its share for up to two years while thecommunity tries to raise the remainder, she said.
Town Manager James L. Schumacher and Councilman William Hall, Recreation and Parks Committee chairman, attended the hearing with Reyes and several other Lexington Run residents.
In an effort to raise its share of the money, the community will have a yard sale Oct. 12 at the tot lot site on Jennifer Way. Donations are needed. Those wishing to help in any way can contact Reyes at 795-9480.
PLANNERS MEET TOMORROW
The Hampstead Planning and Zoning Commission will have itsmonthly meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Town Office.
The futuredevelopment of North Carroll Farms Section Four has raised some concern regarding increased traffic activity in the community, the possibility of a decreased water supply, and the adequacy of schools.
County representatives are expected to attend to answer these concerns.
In other business:
* The commission will evaluate plans for the Oakmont Green clubhouse to verify that building codes are being met.
* Site plans for the Trenton Business Center off Route 30 will be evaluated to see if specifications are met before preliminary approval is given by the commission.
DRUG SUMMIT IS PLANNED
Plans for the upcoming annual Drug Summit were set in motion Wednesday by the Drug Summit Planning Committee at Martin's.
The Drug Summit, March 11 at Martin's in Westminster, will be a daylongevent geared toward the problems facing students in Carroll County.
"We are in the planning stages right now," said Nancy David, administrative secretary for County Commissioner Elmer Lippy. "We are developing the type of format we would like to have at the summit."
The summit is comprised of three representatives from each of the five county high schools, as well as state and local officials and county educators.