DUMP USED OIL LEGALLY
WESTMINSTER - During the first nine months of 1991, Carroll countians disposed of 20,706 gallons of used motor oil and 440 gallons of used anti-freeze at collection tanks throughout the county.
In order to prevent pollution of our soil and water from the toxic substances in used oil, it is extremely important not to pour used oil into the ground or streams. Additionally, it is illegal.
Collection tanks are located at:
* Town Maintenance Garage, 4031 Gill Ave., Hampstead.
* Town Maintenance Building, Sandosky Road, Sykesville.
* Mount Airy Maintenance Garage, 215 Prospect Road.
* Northern Landfill, Route 140, Westminster; open 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.
* Manchester Town Garage, 3351 Victory St.
* Town of New Windsor, Geer Lane.
* Taneytown,Park Drive.
* Hoofs Mill Landfill, 7901 Kabik Court; open same hours as Northern Landfill.
* Public Works Maintenance Facility, 105Railroad Ave., Westminster.
Information: 857-2633 or (800) 473-2925.
LEAF PICK UP EXTENDED
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Commissioners extended the program for disposal of bagged leaves at county landfills through the end of next month.
On Saturdays, residents may bring bagged leaves to landfills free of charge. Dumpsters will beavailable, and residents are asked to make sure leaves are separatedfrom other trash.
Leaves set out for refuse haulers are depositedin the landfill. Those brought to the landfill will be mulched with recycled Christmas trees.
NEW FACILITY OPENS
WESTMINSTER -- Carroll Haven Inc. has opened its new facility at 420 S. Bishop St.
More than 180 people attended the dedication ceremonies Nov. 22 officiated by Lt. Gov. Melvin Steinberg.
The building has the capacity to provide day habilitation services and work activity services to more than 100 people with mental retardation.
The state contributed $600,000 toward the totalcost of $1,350,000 for the building. The remainder of the money camefrom agency funds and community donations. The land was donated by the Carroll County government.
"Programs such as Carroll Haven provide a very useful service to the community," Steinberg said. "Becauseof such programs, people with mental retardation are able to live and work in the community and are not placed in institutions."
Dennis Martin, president of the board of directors for Carroll Haven, saidthe new building is completely paid for because of the efforts of the board, staff, clients, families of clients and friends in the community.
MULCH YOUR TREES
WESTMINSTER -- Duringthe week of Jan. 6-10, the city Department of Public Works, in cooperation with the Recycling Division of the Carroll County Department of General Services, will accept Christmas trees to be recycled into mulch.
Trees should be taken to the city-owned vacant lot located directly to the rear of the city's Department of Public Works maintenance shop at the intersection of Tuc Road and Locust Street.
Christmas trees should be stripped of all ornaments and decorations, such as tinsel. The mulch created by grinding Christmas trees will be used for public purposes.
Residents who drop off their trees will receive a coupon that can be redeemed for a pine seedling in the spring. Coupons can be picked up weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 100 Longwell Ave., in the second floor offices of the Department of Public Works,
For residents who do not wish to drop off theirtrees at the maintenance shop, the city will offer curbside pickup of Christmas trees beginning Jan. 6. City residents are asked to call the maintenance shop at 848-9077 to make arrangements for the service.
COMMUNITY MEETING SET
ELDERSBURG -- Residents of Sweet Air Estates are invited to a community meeting from 7 to9 p.m. tomorrow at the Eldersburg Library to discuss several neighborhood problems.
Patricia Zuniga said a speaker from the county Planning and Zoning office will address housing development and road plans in the community. Some residents are concerned especially about heavy traffic in the residential area and want the road to Marriottsville Road closed off.
Information on a community watch program also will be distributed.
The effect of a proposed development on Marriottsville Road in Howard County on Sweet Air will be discussed.
CHARTER MEETINGS SET
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Charter Review Commission will hold two meetings this month.
The meetings are scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Dixon Room of the Westminster branch, Carroll County Public Library, 50 E. Main St.
The public is invited.
DRUG-ABUSE PANEL MEETS
The Drug and Alcohol Prevention Planning Committee discussed events Monday that will be taking place over the next few months.
The Youth Drug Summit is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 12 at Martin's Westminster.