MANCHESTER — A Living Tree Memorial dedication ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. today at Manchester Elementary School in memory of Spec. Charles L. Bowman Jr.
Bowman, 21, was killed last April in southern Iraq during the Persian Gulf war.
The memorial is being presented by friends and neighbors of the Bowman family.
COMMITTEE IS GIVEN NOD
TANEYTOWN-- The City Council has endorsed Taneytown 2000, a committee being formed with an eye on improving the city.
City Manager Neal W. Powell said the committee is working on a mission statement and intends to make "Taneytown better as a whole." The committee may look at economic and historical improvements or "whatever comes down the pike," hesaid.
"We're not asking for any authority," Powell said. "We don't know what our mission will be. Without council's blessing, we shouldn't pursue the idea."
Councilwoman Jacquelyn J. Polk said she liked the idea of the committee. Councilman James L. McCarron said the committee will serve "as one more set of eyes out there looking around."
The committee includes James C. Threatte, director of the county Office of Economic Development; Eric Glass, a member of the Taneytown Chamber of Commerce, and Powell.
Powell said the committee is seeking additional members. Councilman Thomas J. Denike will serve as the council's representative on the committee.
PANEL REVIEWS PROJECTS
WESTMINSTER -- The Board of Education Construction Project Coordinating Committee reviewed progress Wednesday onvarious school construction projects, including:
* Friendship Valley Elementary School, Westminster. The $5 million project is expected to be completed in fall 1992. School staff reported masonry work onthe building is near completion. Paving of the parking lots and mainentrance should be completed this week.
* Winfield Elementary School, Winfield. Concrete slabs are being poured for the first phase ofthe $4.4 million alterations and addition. Underground electrical conduits and sewer connections are in place. The addition is scheduled to be ready for occupancy in fall 1993.
The committee consists of school board and county government staff.
VO-TECH BID IS ACCEPTED
The county commissioners Thursday accepted a $141,000 bid for the Westminster house built by students from the Carroll County Career and Technology Center.
The high bid was submitted by Ronald W. Pollard of Westminster. Other bids were received from Ralph Baumgardner Jr., owner of Baumgardner's wood stoves and fireplace store, who bid $128,000, and from Amy Martin, who bid $120,000.
County Attorney Charles W. Thompson recommended the commissioners accept the highest bid and get "the house occupied and on the tax rolls."
Thompson told thecommissioners that Robert Gebhart, principal of the vo-tech school, had no objections to the board accepting the high bid.
The property was appraised at about $147,000 by a county official, Thompson said. The county set a minimum bid of $165,000 for the Victorian style house during the first round of bidding in July. There were no bidders,however.
About 200 vo-tech students helped build the 2,300-square-foot, two-story house over a two-year period.
ROUTE 30 MEETING SLATED
The first meeting of the Hanover Pike Task Force, a multijurisdiction committee formed to develop a comprehensive plan for the highway from southern Pennsylvania to the Baltimore suburbs, will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at Manchester Elementary.
The task force includes representatives from the Carroll and York County, Pa., planning departments, the Maryland and Pennsylvania transportation departmentsand the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments, a regional planning agency.
The task force was proposed by Carroll transportation planner Rob Yingling. In his proposal to state and regional council officials, he described Hanover Pike -- Route 30 in Maryland and Route 94 in Pennsylvania -- as an "antiquated highway characterized by extremely heavy commuter traffic, uncontrolled and almost unlimited access, and high accident and fatality rates."
He said it is important that jurisdictions involved work together to improve the two-lane highway rather than plan upgrades in a piecemeal fashion.
The task force's stated objective is to "address problems and deficiencies associated with the Hanover Pike corridor and to explore possible solutions."
Traffic problems are expected to worsen on the highway as communities in North Carroll and York and Adams counties in Pennsylvania continue to grow.
RELAX STATE MANDATES?
County Department of Public Works Director John T. Sterling has written to all county public works directors in the state to ask how changes in state mandates and programs could help save money during the current budget crisis.
Sterling is acting in his capacity as president of the County Engineers' Association of Maryland.
The Maryland Association of Counties isattempting to save money for members through adjustments to state mandates and programs.