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December 15, 1991

SPRING CLOSING SOUGHT

FREDERICK -- Frederick County officials are renewing efforts to convince CSX Railroad to close a contaminated spring near Mount Airy that is apparently being used by some people for drinking water.

The spring, which health officials say is contaminated with fecal coliform bacteria, ison CSX property.

The county commissioners said Tuesday that they will ask their health officer, James Bowes, to ask for the state secretary of the environment's aid in forcing the railroad to close the spring. Previous requests have gone unanswered, the county said.

While the county officials have tried to stop people from using the water for three years, efforts to provide a replacement have been defeated by the commissioners.

County Public Works Director Robert Hayes said Tuesday that he will make plans to dig a community well in the area at a cost of$40,000 to $60,000.

But Commissioners Bruce Reeder and Sue Ann Yingling said they don't believe the residents want the county to provide water.

Reeder said he isn't aware of anyone getting sick from the spring.

PLANNERS REVIEW DISTRICT

WESTMINSTER -- City planners said Thursday they want a complete list of standards for the proposed historic district ordinance before they can make a recommendation on the measure to the City Council.

At their regular monthly meeting, members of the city Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed a second draft of the proposed ordinance, which would introduce building and renovation restrictions for structures in a designated area of downtown.

The measure is intended to preserve the historical character of the area.

The draft ordinance was developed by the Historic District Committee, which also submitted a list of standards to establish which types of building and renovation activities should be subject to review.

The standards list was not intended to be complete, said committee chairman Dean Camlin, but rather was meant to offer examples of the possible scope of the measure.

OnThursday, planning commission members said they'd like to see a complete list of standards before making a final recommendation.

"I don't know how we can recommend it without having all the standards," said Councilman Stephen R. Chapin Sr., the council's liaison to the planning commission.

Camlin said the Historic District Committee would compile a complete list of standards for the ordinance and submit it to the planners.

The planning commission is reviewing the proposed ordinance and will make a recommendation on it to the City Council, most likely early next year.

The proposed area for designation as a historic district is a roughly half-square-mile centered on the downtown Main Street business district. The proposed boundaries were based on the area that earned designation of the National Register ofHistoric Places several years ago.

TRUANCY PLAN APPROVED

The Carroll Board of Education has endorsed a pilot truancy program that would allow police officers to issue citations for students caught skipping school.

Edwin L. Davis, director of pupil services and staff development, said the program, which would be piloted in Frederick and Carroll counties, would not eliminate truancy but would provide educators with another tool in combating chronic absenteeism.

Although the program would allow police officers to issue citations for truancy, the school system would determine whether an unlawful absence occurred, school officials have said.

The Frederick school board has already approved that district's participation and is seeking a sponsor among the county's legislative delegation to write a bill authoringthe program.

The Carroll board plans to ask the county legislative delegation to co-sponsor the bill. School officials hope to kick off the program, sponsored by the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute of the Police Training Commission, in September.

"I'm glad to see we're going to be a part of the project," said board vice president Cheryl A. McFalls.

CLASS SIZE REPORTED

The Carroll school staff's annual report on classroom size showed the district lost someground since last year.

As of Sept. 30, 1991, the average elementary class size is 25.03 students, up from last year's figure of 24.89. School staff reported there are 62 classes with more than 30 students. That figure, however, is down from 63 classes last year.

At the middle school level, the average class size is 27.9 students, up from 26.5 the previous year. The number of classes with 30 or more students is 335, down from 351 the year before.

The average class sizein the county's five high schools is 23.7 students, up from 23.9 theyear before. However, the number of classes with 30 or more studentsis 284, up from 235 in 1990-1991.

"We lost a little ground in some areas, we picked up in others," said Brian L. Lockard, assistant superintendent of instruction.

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