SYKESVILLE — Members of the Carroll County Public Library board of trustees revised the employee sick-leave policy at their monthly meeting Wednesday night.
The revision removes the stipulation that sick leave can accumulate for only three years.
Under the former policy, employees could not use accumulated leave after that time. But sick leave would be added to their years of service upon retirement.
For example, if a 30-year employee had gathered 1 1/2 years of sick leave -- at a rate of 22 days equaling one month -- her pension would be figured using the salary she would have earned after working for 31 1/2 years.
Library trustees decided toremove the requirement because the state retirement system has stopped giving credit for sick days an employee cannot use.
In other library news, board members updated their bylaws, which establish and govern the actions of the board.
The bylaws had not been revised since 1984.
Changes included a formal evaluation of the director that will take place annually, and provisions that non-trustee members can serve on library committees at the discretion of the board president, and board meetings will usually be the fourth Wednesday of each month.
They also omitted all references to standing committees.
RECYCLING BIDS SOUGHT
Members of the Recycling committee were told byMichael Evans, county director of General Services, that requests for proposals on two plans were sent to numerous recycling haulers.
"We have requested two different proposals from bidders," Evans said."Plan A will require the contractor to collect and dispose of recyclables, while Plan B will be to supply a disposal facility for recyclables being collected by local haulers already in the business."
About 16 haulers -- nine of which were local firms -- received Requestsfor Proposals.
"We tried to make it attractive to the large hauler through Plan A and to the small hauler through Plan B," Evans said.
Bids are due Dec. 6. Evans said a decision should be made in lateDecember, with a start-up date scheduled for Jan. 1.
In other business, the results of the school questionnaire regarding recycling inthe county's public schools was presented.
The county's Career and Technology Center is the only school that is collecting all types of recyclable items. Evans said that the committee's goal is to have all schools strive to do better with their recycling.
"Our goal should be to make all schools and office trash cans recycling centers," he said. "Other than the scraps of food that go into cans, they should be paper collectors."
SYKESVILLE -- The Town Council will hear Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. speak on the issues that he feels need to be updated or revised in the town's charter at tomorrow's meeting at 7 p.m. at the Town House, Main Street.
Also on the agenda will be information on the Poland sister-city project, an update on the Raincliffe Center, and a recycling report. The status of the proposed police station will be discussed, as will a report on abandoned vehicles in the town.
The town manager is expected to be appointed as a representative to the National Organization on Disability. The date for a proposed transportation conference will be set.
Other topics include the Historic Commission, status of state revenues and a Recreation and Parks Committee report.
WESTMINSTER -- Thirteen Carroll educators were honored last weekend during the Carroll County Education Association's annual retirement banquet at the Comfort Inn.
The event, which took place during AmericanEducation Week, honors administrators, supervisors and teachers who retired during the previous school year. About 35 people attended theceremony, in which retirees were presented with an engraved silver platter.
Honored were: Joretta Allwine, Manchester Elementary, 28 1/2 years of service; Richard Hanson, Eldersburg Elementary principal,21 years; James Head, Westminster High, 27 years; Patricia Hood, Mount Airy Elementary, 27 years; John Keck, New Windsor Middle, 14 years; Phillip Lawyer, Westminster High, 32 years; Richard McPartland, Northwest Middle principal, 32 years; Ronald Miller, Westminster High, 20 1/2 years; Carole Roberts, North Carroll Middle, 24 years; Lillian Rodgers, supervisor of English and foreign languages, 32 1/2 years; Donald Stenley, Francis Scott Key High, 30 1/2 years; Thomas Tulley, North Carroll Middle, 28 years; and Joan Ungar, Mechanicsville Elementary, 22 1/2 years.
The guest speakers were William H. Hyde, Carroll's assistant superintendent of administration, and Cindy Cummings, CCEA president. The master of ceremonies was Jim Torretti, a former CCEA president and a math teacher at South Carroll High.
Commissioner Donald I. Dell, school board President John D. Myers and members Joseph D. Mish Jr. and Carolyn Scott also attended.