WESTMINSTER — The Board of County Commissioners will hear public comment on a proposal to extend a building moratorium in Wakefield Valley tomorrow.
The hearing is 7 p.m. in Room 07 of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St.
The moratorium prohibits further subdivision and mining expansionin the area but doesn't stop landowners from obtaining building permits for land that's already been subdivided.
Wednesday, county staff answered questions about the proposal at a public meeting. Representatives from the three mining companies that own land in the area attended.
A citizens committee drafting a mineral mining plan requested that the moratorium be extended from December through February.
The committee of nine citizens has been working on the plan since January and is running one month behind schedule, said K. Marlene Conaway, assistant director of the county Department of Planning.
The moratorium had been scheduled to end in November.
Last week, the Mineral Resources Advisory Committee presented the plan to the county Planning and Zoning Commission, which sent the document to other government agencies as part of a 60-day review process.
The plan outlines a process of zoning in areas where mineral resources exist. It aims to balance the concerns of citizens and mining companies.
Citizens will be able to ask questions about the plan at two information sessions next month. The meetings are scheduled on Nov. 19 and 20; time and location are pending.
A public hearing to take formal comment on the plan tentatively is scheduled for Dec. 18.
The county's most plentiful mineral resource -- marble -- is concentrated in the Wakefield Valley area, where two companies mine and a third wants to begin.
MARTIN'S EXPANDS STORE
WESTMINSTER -- Martin's Food Store, 140 Village Shopping Center, recently had a grandre-opening to celebrate the completion of a year-long remodeling andexpansion project.
With 40,000 square feet of space, the store includes a fresh seafood department, gourmet pastries and delicatessen,enhanced gourmet grocery items, new customer service center and handicapped facilities, including wheelchair-accessible check-out registers.
FIRM OPENS SHOWROOM
WESTMINSTER -- NorthCarroll Communications last month became an exclusive sales representative for Motorola, a 60-year-old communications firm that produces two-way radios, pagers, portable radios and mobile telephones.
"They have been selling equipment directly through their salesmen and decided to go through dealers now," said Allan Reese, sales manager forNorth Carroll Communications.
Reese, formerly a Motorola salesman, said he expects to do $100,000 or more in business annually for Motorola, based on what he was selling previously.