UNION BRIDGE — Flood code revised
The county commissioners voted yesterday to adopt new provisions into the building code to reflect changes in the National Flood Insurance Program, which offers premium discounts to people who conform to its regulations. Some provisions were eliminated.
Citizens used to be able to build basements, storage areas or crawl spaces below flood level, provided the spaces were airtight and intended for other than residential use. With the changes in the code, these spaces cannot be created unless windows or some sort of structure that would allow water to pass through is incorporated.
This move will make all people who build to county specifications eligible for flood plain insurance discounts from the national program, said Isaac Menasche, an assistant county attorney.
The county Department of Recreation and Parks opened bids yesterday for equipment for a playground at Westminster Park.
Iron Mountain Forge submitted the apparent low bid of $18,010, just a few hundred dollars from the county's estimate, said Bruce Dutler, a park planner for the county. Iron Mountain Forge barely edged out Taylor Associates, whose bid was $691 higher.
The department will evaluate the company's proposal before making a decision, a process expected to take about two weeks.
The agency will present its recommendations to the county commissioners, the budget office and to the purchasing office, which will order delivery by July 30.
Once the equipment arrives, volunteers from area Rotary clubs and the Therapeutic Recreation Council will construct the playground, set to open in mid- to late August.
Enforcement unit tops
Carroll County Department of Social Services' child support enforcement unit led the state in increasing the percentage of child support collected from parents whose ex-spouses are now on welfare.
The agency increased payments by 28 percent in the Aid to Families with Dependent Children share of its caseload for the fiscal year that ends June 30.
The staff collected a total of $3.5 million in overdue support payments from non-custodial parents.
Jamie Wehler, support enforcement supervisor, said she knew the Carroll staff was doing well, but didn't realize it was leading the state until she went to a statewide meeting of child support enforcement staff last month.
The Carroll workers received a commendation from Meg Sollenberger, executive director of the Department of Human Resources' child support enforcement administration.
Tax rate remains same
UNION BRIDGE -- The Town Council unanimously adopted a $356,800 budget, maintaining the tax rate at 68 cents per $100 of assessed value.
In other business at Monday's council session, members approved the preliminary steps in placing the town in the Register of Historic Places. Steven C. Horn, county planner, said the town has unique architecture and should seek recognition for its older buildings.
Town Attorney John Maguire introduced new parking and zoning ordinances, which members will review before voting at the July 27 meeting.
Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. announced a referendum on the annexation of the Phillips property from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 3 at Town Hall.
Plans call for the construction of about 250 homes and a second town well on the 110-acre site north of here.
"We are building another well in this town next year, and that will cost about $75,000," he said. "If it's not on the Phillips property, the cost could come out of our pockets."
The mayor asked council members to promote the annexation among residents.
The mayor also reminded residents that the contract trash hauler will not accept grass clippings and yard waste after July 1. The town recently purchased a chipper and will shred brush the first Saturday of each month at the Horseshoe Pits.