WESTMINSTER — The county commissioners listened Thursday to a request for rezoningof about 3 acres in Finksburg from agriculture to conservation.
The request was submitted by Pi Development Corp., which wants to use the parcel, located near Deer Park Road and Divinda Drive, as part ofa 48-lot subdivision.
The rezoning petition received a favorable recommendation from the Planning Commission.
No one appeared at Thursday's hearing to oppose the request. The commissioners said a decision on the request will be issued in 10 days.
The county commissioners received a draft copy Thursday of the latest update of the county water and sewerage master plan.
State law requires the county to update it's master plan for water and sewer service every two years. It's also provides an opportunity for citizens who want to be considered for inclusion in water-and-sewer service areas to submit requests.
The commissioners will hold a public hearing on the draft plan at9 a.m. Thursday in Room 07 of the County Office Building. The final plan is expected to be approved shortly thereafter.
MONEY WILL FIGHT CANCER
Carroll County's share of a federal grant to fight cancer will come to $75,000 a year for the next four years.
Because of Maryland's rank as the state with the highest incidence of cancer, the federal Centers for Disease Control is providing $3 million a year forthe next four years to be used for education, diagnosis and clinics at local health departments.
"We may not use it for treatment, which makes us upset," said Carroll County Health Officer Dr. Janet Neslen.
But the money could cover mammograms and other screenings to detect cancer early, and education to prevent the disease.
She saidlow-income cancer patients still would be able to get hospital care covered because Maryland has a system in which hospitals statewide share the cost of caring for patients who can't pay.
"The problem isyou have to find a doctor willing to take (the patient) in, and we can't pay him," Neslen said. Most doctors would settle for a token payment, she said.
She said Health Department staff will be developing a plan for spending the money in Carroll County, and hope to have some program in place by April 1.
Public health nurses already havestarted keeping track of people in the community they find who have trouble getting or paying for medical care.
GREEN PERSPECTIVE URGED
A Sykesville resident is asking the county Environmental Affairs Advisory Board to lend its perspective to a proposal for building a bypass to Obrecht Road. The board advises the county commissioners.
Kathleen Blanco-Losada, who belongs to several environmental organizations in the state and county, told the board Wednesday she would likemembers to help the county preserve wildlife and green areas as it plans the project.
"My major concern is that development and the roads that go along with it are going to lock Piney Run in if we're notcareful," Blanco-Losada said.
She said the road as planned will come very close to areas the state hopes to preserve for wildlife through the Greenways project, which is designed to link open spaces and parks to make stretches of preserved areas along streams.
FINAL HEARING PLANNED
WESTMINSTER -- The county Board of Education will have a final public hearing on a proposed redistricting plan for Friendship Valley Elementary in Westminster at 7:30 p.m.tomorrow, at West Middle School.
The board is expected to act on a recommended redistricting plan after the public hearing.
The school staff's recommendation, known as Option D, would reassign about 545 students from three Westminster elementaries to Friendship Valley in September. Students would not be transferred from one existing school to another existing school under the plan.
The staff's recommendation, which modified a plan known as Option C, came after four hearings in January at each of the schools that stood to be affected by redistricting. The schools were Westminster, Robert Moton and WilliamWinchester elementaries. Freedom Elementary in Sykesville would havebeen affected under just one of the initial options. Parents there opposed that option, preferring that their children remain in the Sykesville area.
Redrawing boundary lines, school officials said, is necessary to balance enrollment between the new school, which is on Gist Road off Kate Wagner Road, and the other Westminster grade schools.
The recommended plan was presented to the board at its February meeting.