WESTMINSTER — At a recent meeting of the Council of Unit Owners of Parr's Ridge Condominium, Sam Black, the consultant to developer Centennial Westminster, was presented a token of appreciation by the residents.
Blackhas spent considerable time at Parr's Ridge making sure the residents are satisfied with their homes and the community in general.
Last summer, Parr's Ridge received an award from Carroll County as the best landscaped residential community in 1991.
"Sam has beenvery amenable and accessible to us," said Diana Farris, an owner at Parr's Ridge and president of the condominium association. "In fact, what we have going here is a collaborative effort on the part of the developer, builder, sales agents and home owners. . .born out of the recognition that our interests are, in fact, identical."
"With everyone's input into the planning process, we have managed to make improvements in plans that already were among the most attractive in the Westminster area," said resident Margaret Sullivan.
Black told theresidents he is "grateful to be working with such a great group of homeowners. Their support has been tremendous."
The next two buildings already are sold, with construction having started the middle of last month. They are expected to be ready in late April.
The Council of Unit Owners also approved the site plan for the second section,which will be presented to the Westminster Planning Board in January. When completed, Parr's Ridge will have a total of 168 condominium residences.
LAND NOT PUBLIC YET
TANEYTOWN -- Members of the Taneytown Rod and Gun Club told City Council members Monday that they have had to argue with area residents who insisted the land was public.
In fact, the city is still in the process of buying the approximately 20 acres on the east end of town.
City Manager Neal Powell said the city has paid most of the $365,000 for the land. But settlement won't be until later this fall and the city won't take possession until the fall of 1993, he said.
The land, which includes a pond, will be preserved as open space, Powell said. The cityplans to annex the land.
In other business, the council voted to:
* Go along with county government's plans to plant and preserve trees according to the new state forest conservation act.
* Clarifyan existing ordinance that allows residential dwellings in a local business district. Powell said the wording of the ordinance is confusing.
* Accept a $12,607 bid for a Chevrolet Lumina police cruiser, and start looking for a radio. Powell said a new radio, including theequipment to be kept at the station, will probably cost about $5,500.
Council Member Henry C. Heine Jr. recommended buying a Motorola brand rather than advertising for a low bid, saying that brand was the most reliable radio.
* Accept a $2,947 bid from Feeser Custom Homes for a roof on a utility building. The shingle roof will come witha 30-year warranty.
* Accept a $7,484 bid from Stambaugh Excavating and Paving of Union Bridge to add storm sewers to the Free State Heights development off Commerce Street. The city will be reimbursed by the developer, Powell said. The work needs to be done to correct flooding in back yards there, Powell said.
Other purchases the council is considering include a used street cleaner and a copier in anticipation of the current one which could break down any day now, Powellsaid.
AGE NEEDS NEW BLOOD
The Advocacy Group for the Elderly, a grass-roots coalition from Carroll County that lobbies state and federal lawmakers, needs some new blood and a new chairman, said the chairman, Geoffrey Black.
Black, a Manchester lawyer and councilman, isa member of the Commission on Aging, a county-government advisory group that sprouted AGE.
He told the commission at its meeting yesterday that his practice has prevented him from putting as much time into the advocacy group as it needs.
"We need a jump start," Black said. "I can give whatever assistance I can, but I can't give the fullleadership."
AGE has been active in the past few years sponsoringcandidate forums and lobbying legislators in Annapolis.
With morestate budget cuts looming, Black said the group is even more important to protect senior-citizen programs from being scaled back or eliminated.
"We've got a tremendous mission with the state now," Black said.
People of any age interested in being a member of the group may contact Black at his office.
WATER BAN WORKING
WESTMINSTER -- The city's month-long voluntary water ban is apparently working to replenish the city's reservoir, City Councilman Edward Calwell said Monday.
Calwell said average daily use is 1.75 million gallons, which he described as good. Water has been reported lapping at the banks of the reservoir, he said.
The council last month rescinded a mandatory water ban, set last summer because of drought conditions. The council voted in December to make water conservation voluntary, a move that was opposed by Mayor Benjamin Brown.