Board Denies Appeal

Carroll capsule

March 04, 1992

WESTMINSTER — The Board of Zoning Appeals has denied an appeal by Galaxy InvestorsInc. that the Village of Twin Valleys subdivision is not subject to a part of the county zoning ordinance.

The property consists of three parcels of land totaling 147 acres north of Don Avenue. An application for approval of a preliminary subdivision plan was submitted inDecember 1977.

The plan had several deficiencies, including the lack of county- or state-maintained road frontage and proper access. The Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission disapproved the plan in August 1978.

Initial subdivision plans were dropped after the disapproval until last year, when Galaxy Investors sought to pursue the subdivision application.

The board denied Galaxy's request, saying the commission's disapproval terminated consideration of the application and plan.

In another case, the board denied an appeal of a notice of violation pertaining to storage and/or occupancy of a mobile home.

William H. Ebberts III of the 3200 block of Bullfrog Road, Taneytown, appealed a Dec. 2 notice of violation that the mobile home was established contrary to the provisions of zoning regulations.

The board gave Ebberts until April 1 to remove the mobile home from its present site.



NEW WINDSOR -- The Town Council will review a public works agreement with the developer of Blue Ridge Manor during the 7:30 p.m. meeting today at Town Hall.

About 30 homes are planned for the first phase of the project, set to begin this spring. Developer Mel Schneider of the New Windsor Partnership will be showing members sketches of the planned homes.

Town planners still are reviewing another 41-unit retirement community proposed for a six-acre property on Springdale Avenue, before making arezoning recommendation to the council.

Also on the agenda, members will discuss:

* Trash removal with the town contractor, GeneralSanitation of Frederick.

* Preliminary figures on the 1992-1993 budget.

"There's a lot of uncertainties with this year's budget," said Town Clerk Richard M. Warehime. "Today's financial picture is making the process difficult."



MOUNT AIRY -- Looking to control costs in a year of economic hardship, the Town Council settled Monday on scaled-back plans for the annualevent to honor town volunteers.

During its regular monthly meeting, the council decided on an hors d'oeuvres affair at the American Legion Hall at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 13, to recognize about 45 peoplewho have served the town through volunteer efforts during the past year.

In previous years, the town footed the bill for a full dinnerfor volunteers, town employees and elected officials. The honored guests also were presented with framed prints.

But the current budget plight means only volunteers and town employees will be treated to the $4-per-person hors d'oeuvres and given unframed prints.

Also on Monday, the council gave its blessing to a move to start a community marching band.

The band would receive no financial support from the town, but the council agreed to consider covering the group underthe town's liability insurance, if the premium remains the same.

Called the Mount Airy Community Band, the group is being organized bytown resident Luke Spiros. An organizational meeting is scheduled tomorrow night at Mount Airy Middle School.


County social services administrators are applying for a grant that would provide money for a support center in Carroll for young mothers and their children age 3 or younger.

The project, called the Family Support Center, could be open in July if the $135,000 grant is landed, Jolene Sullivan, director of the Department of Citizens Services, said yesterday.

Young low-income mothers could gain parenting and job skillsand receive education at the center, where day care for their children would be available.

"There are women who could finish their education if they could solve the day-care problem," Sylvia Canon, executive director of Human Services Program Inc., told the county commissioners.

The commissioners gave their approval to locating the center in about 4,000 square feet in the Barrell House, should the grant be awarded to Carroll. The grant would come from Friend of the Family, a Baltimore-based private nonprofit organization that makes money available for jurisdictions who want to start a Family Support Center.

Grant winners will be announced April 27, Sullivan said. The grant would cover the full cost of opening and operating the center, and no county money would be needed, she said.



HAMPSTEAD -- A public hearing on two proposed road realignments in town will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the North CarrollHigh School cafeteria.

County planners will answer questions on proposals for rerouting portions of Boxwood Drive and McAllister Lane.

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