WESTMINSTER — Water system flushed
Water Department personnel will be flushing the city water system from 8 p.m. to midnight tomorrow through Wednesday.
Residents may experience low pressure or slightly dirty water.
Areas affected will be:
* East Main Street area, including George, Madison, Center, Westminster, Lincoln, Middlebrook and Washington Road to Carroll Community College.
* Campus Heights, Washington Square, Poole Road, Agricultural Center and Winchester Drive.
Children's council meets
Members of the Carroll County Children's Council plan to assess this month which child-care issues in the county most need to be addressed.
Some 555 Chapter One families will be asked to participate in the assessment. Chapter One is a federally subsidized program for children in four Carroll elementary schools with special educational needs.
Linda Ebersole, chairwoman of the Children's Council, said: "What we plan to do is find out what the needs are, whether it be before- and after-school care or infant care. We will use the information we receive to help us write grants to receive funds."
Jeff Samuels, a project administrator for the Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families, attended the meeting and told the council that about $1.68 million in federal money was available to Maryland counties for early childhood development and before- and after-school programs.
He said the grant money has been earmarked for child-care needs and will focus specifically on "forming comprehensive, full-day coverage for children."
Samuels urged the council to be innovative in writing proposals. He also stressed the importance of the collaboration of agencies to sustain programs once they are initiated.
The mayor will present the fiscal 1993 budget for introduction to the Town Council at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Town House.
The county commissioners will take a town tour before the council meeting.
Other agenda items include:
* A public hearing on the auxiliary police force ordinance.
* A retirement plan resolution.
* A discussion of recycling companies that take recyclables from the town's recycling center.
* The town traffic study preliminary report.
* Small-town planning guidelines.
* A proposed policy on storm water inlets.
* Grant and loan programs status.
* A request by the Carroll County Health Department for a walkway easement off of Town House property.
* A Program Open Space grant for the Jennifer Way Tot Lot.
* An update on the music festival June 28.
* An arts and crafts show by the Knights of Columbus.
Town passes budget
The Town Council unanimously passed a budget Wednesday that keeps the tax rate at 45 cents per $100, the same rate it has charged for the past 10 years.
The $205,516 budget was amended to include a slight increase of about $3,000 in the county's contribution to the town. The increase will be used to pay additional trash-hauling costs.
"That should just about cover the costs, especially if we can reduce our tonnage by recycling," said Mayor James C. Carlisle. "We haul about 32 tons a month now."
The mayor also reviewed five bids from trash haulers, ranging from $49.92 to $56.51 per household per year. The town may be able to join Hampstead, Westminster, Union Bridge and Taneytown in a combined bid from Haden Trash Removal at a household cost of $44.08.
"Haden would service all five towns on a once-weekly basis, picking up trash and recyclables," said the mayor. "Mayor [W. Benjamin] Brown is not sure Westminster residents will go for once-a-week pickup."
Members voted to accept the combined bid. If it is not approved by the other towns, the contract will go to EWI of Westminster, which offered the lowest bid.
In other business,:
* Town Clerk Richard M. Warehime said the public works agreement on sewer service for Blue Ridge Manor has been signed. Its developer, New Windsor Partnership, hopes to begin building on the property this spring.
* The mayor announced that the town had hired Fred Haifley of Manchester to oversee water and sewer operations. He will split his work week between the town and neighboring Union Bridge. New Windsor will pay $16,500 a year for the contract.
Committee approves plan
Builders who have their final development plans approved by January will not be subject to the county's proposed forest conservation ordinance, according to a committee that drafted the law.
The committee's recommendation will be taken to the county commissioners for their consideration. The decision applies only development plans that received preliminary approval after July 1, 1991.
The committee has recommended that builders who have met all development conditions and have received final plat approval by January not be subject to the forest conservation ordinance, which, among other things, calls for the conservation of forests and replacement of trees cut down during development.
Committee member Theresa Bamberger said seven months allowed enough time for developers to make appropriate business decisions.
"I don't think it's unfair," she said.
Channel loan approved
The county's cable committee Thursday agreed to lend unused community access channels to Prestige Cable TV of Maryland Inc. for pay-per-view summer Olympic coverage.
Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown said he had "no problem" with lending three channels to the firm, but he pressed the committee and Prestige representatives to begin discussion the future of those channels.
"I'd like to hear something on it," he said.
Bill Bethune, Prestige general manager, told the committee he had ordered the necessary equipment for the pay-per-view coverage, slated to be available July 26 through Aug. 9.