WESTMINSTER — Lehigh Portland Cement Co. has paid a $15,000 fine to the Maryland Department of the Environment for illegal emissions last spring.
MDE received the check Tuesday, spokesman John Goheen said.
The decision to pay the fine was made by corporate officials in Allentown, Pa., said Union Bridge plant manager David H. Roush.
Thecompany had the option to appeal the fine, which was levied earlier this month. MDE fined Lehigh $20,000, but state officials said they would settle for $15,000 if the fine was not contested.
"The possibilities for appeal were limited," Roush said.
Lehigh did not dispute that the illegal emissions occurred, but company officials argued the fine should have been lowered because Lehigh made efforts to correct the problem quickly, Roush said.
MDE cited Lehigh for illegal emissions on 21 days from Feb. 21 through March 24.
The emissions were ground limestone, shale and sand used in the cement-making process.
BJ'S MUST CARD PATRONS
The county liquor board told the ownersof BJ's, a Westminster bar and restaurant, that they must constantlyask customers for proof of age before serving alcohol.
The owners"by choosing to cater to the young crowd must assume more responsibility in the proper management of their business and the conduct of their customers," the board said in a written decision issued Feb. 14.
The owners -- Barry Snyder and Joseph Kaplan -- were charged with serving beer to a 20-year-old Westminster man on Dec. 8.
The boardfound that the owners did serve the man, but did not punish them because the man had presented false identification stating he was 21 -- the legal drinking age -- on the two previous nights.
In January, the board fined the owners $1,500 and suspended their liquor license for five days after finding they had served beer to three minors in November.
BOARD APPROVES LICENSE
WESTMINSTER -- The Board of License Commissioners of Carroll County approved a Class A beer, wine and liquor license to William P. Dilley of R & R Liquors, 27 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown.
The license was transferred from Bruce Roper, Ellen Roper and Richard Bolton during a hearing Feb. 11. All parties approved the transfer and there was no opposition from the public.
Dilley testified that he intends to operate the liquor store in conjunction with some grocery items, but does not plan an extensive liquor inventory.
After three persons testified on Dilley's behalf, the board approved the license, pending approval by the fire marshall, Permits and Inspections and the Health Department.
In another hearing, the board found Barry Snyder and Joseph Kaplan of BJ's Sports Pub and Deli in Fairground Village, Westminster, not in violation of furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Both men denied thatthey or one of their employees sold or furnished alcohol to Christopher Bingel, 20, on Dec. 8, 1991. Bingel, whose identification had been checked and showed him to be of legal drinking age Dec. 6, was not carded by BJ's doorman Dec. 8.
The board, in finding BJ's not in violation, said it hoped the owners will be more careful in future of carding customers.
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