The committee studying Carroll's involvement in the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments will conduct a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 300A of the County Office Building in Westminster to accept public comment.
The commissioners appointed the six-member committee last spring to compile a report analyzing the benefits the county receives from its involvement in the Regional Council compared to costs associated with membership.
The Regional Council conducts planning studies for the Baltimore region, compiles and distributes information, recommends policy and provides a forum for discussion of issues affecting the area, such as transportation, housing and the environment. The agency comprises Carroll, Baltimore, Howard, Harford and Anne Arundel counties and Baltimore.
Carroll has been a member since the agency's inception in 1963. County leaders occasionally have considered withdrawing from the Regional Council.
HSP GETTING DONATIONS
Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. has collected more than $6,000 in community donations over the last four weeks in its drive to keep four county homeless shelters operating through Nov. 1.
HSP must raise about $12,300from the community to keep the shelters open until new federal and state money becomes available, said Lynda Gainor, deputy director. County government has been unable to assist financially.
Because shelters have been near capacity since November, the agency ran out of money budgeted for shelters about seven weeks before its fiscal year ends.
HSP has received an average donation of about $50 from 120 contributors.
"This will meet this year's need, but we're not foolinganybody," said Gainor. "We will have another need next year."
Donations can be sent to HSP, P.O. Box 489, Westminster, MD 21158-0489.
WATER PROGRAM APPROVED
PLEASANT VALLEY -- Maryland's Board of Public Works has approved a $272,750 grant to overhaul the Pleasant Valley water distribution system.
Nearly 3,500 feet of 8-inch water line will be laid to improve connections and water pressure between 60 homes and production wells on the old Leister family farm.
The grant, plus a county contribution of $470,539, will cover the $743,289 cost of the project.
Construction on the new distribution system will begin in April and should be completed by October 1993.
Two other projects were also approved, $231,675 for Fairlee and $91,000 for Worton-Butlertown, both in Kent County.
All grant money came from the Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loan of 1990.
COUNTIANS FLY TO AFRICA
Three countians and a shipment of medical supplies left Baltimore-Washington International Airport Friday bound for Africa.
The men will visit mission hospitals in Kenya, delivering the medicines and trying to organize a supply program.
"We would like to supply health care programs," said the Rev. Paul Maxey, 57, of Westminster, who will be stopping in Ethiopia before joining his traveling companions in Kenya.
Maxey, a minister in the United Church of Christ and the founder and president of Allied Medical Ministries, said he has a decade of experience in supplying medicines to underdeveloped countries.
Phillip Hooks and Richard Fry Diggs heard their friend's tales out of Africa on the golf course and asked to go along on this trip.
Hooks, 55, of Finksburg, helped organize a fund drive at his church, Westminster Baptist. With the $350 the congregation raised, Maxey went to Interchurch Medical Assistance, a non-profit agency based in New Windsor.
"Paul was able to purchase thousands of dollars worth of vitamins, antibiotics and other drugs," said Hooks.
Maxeysaid the trip will be an education process for him.
"I hope to find out what medicines we can provide to Ethiopia and which special needs our organization can meet for people in Kenya," he said.
Hookssaid he also plans to squeeze in some sightseeing during the 17-day trip and is eager to see Africa's animals.
The 80-year-old Diggs, who is making his first trip out of the country, also said he wants to see the wild animals in their natural environment and maybe get in a few rounds of golf.
"I have told them both stories of teeing offold termite hills in Africa," said Maxey. "They wanted to try it forthemselves."
COUNCIL AGENDA IS SET
TANEYTOWN -- The City Council on Monday will once again consider a revised ordinance that would require sprinklers in some commercial and renovated buildings.
The council has been wrestling with revisions to the existing ordinance forseveral months. The council has attempted to revise the ordinance toalleviate business concerns about its restrictiveness while at the same time maintaining its intent to save lives and property.
The proposed ordinance also would require duplexes and town homes to contain sprinkler systems. Currently, sprinklers are required in all new construction and renovations and multi-family dwellings.