UNION BRIDGE — Commissioners visit
UNION BRIDGE -- The County Commissioners met with town officials Thursday to discuss recycling, the resident trooper program and a proposal to burn old tires at Lehigh Portland Cement Co.
"Environmentally, burning tires is better than burning coal," said Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy. "It's a win-win situation for everybody."
Mr. Lippy said the county should get credit from the state for the amount of tires Lehigh processes in its kilns. Commissioner Donald I. Dell said the company should burn local tires first.
Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. said the town supports the proposal. Lehigh and several other companies have applied to the state for a burning permit. The Department of the Environment will announce its decision in November.
The mayor also invited the commissioners to tomorrow's council session at 7 p.m. in the Community Center. The council will discuss the Aug. 3 referendum on the 110-acre Phillips property.
"We hope to have a rally supporting the annexation," said the mayor. "We are looking for all the support we can get."
The council unanimously approved the annexation in April. A petition, signed by 124 residents, forced the proposal to referendum.
Dr. Jackson Phillips, owner of the property, and Wayne Newsome, developer, will attend the meeting to answer questions.
"If we don't annex, next year we will have to find a back-up water source, drill a well and build a pump house, and raise taxes to pay for it," said the mayor. "If we annex, we have a well already drilled."
The mayor also showed commissioners the plans for the new town offices, which will be in the Pump House on Locust Street. Plans are progressing for a fund-raising event on Sept. 13.
The Carroll County Republican Central Committee is recruiting candidates to serve on the seven-member committee. One position is vacant.
The local committee serves as a governing body for the Republican Party in the county. Responsibilities include supporting the party's candidates in the general elections and organizing campaign activities. Local members also serve on the state central committee.
Anyone interested should write a letter of application describing political experience and reasons for wanting to serve. Candidates must be registered Republicans and legal residents of the county. The committee will review applicants and vote on the replacement.
Letters, which must be received by Aug. 1, should be addressed to Carroll County Republican Central Committee, P.O. Box 2108, Westminster, Md. 21158-2108.
2& Information: 848-8088 or 374-5291.
Range site pursued
The county Recreation and Parks Advisory Board has recommended to the county commissioners that they continue investigating the Hoods Mill Landfill site as a potential location for an outdoor shooting range.
The commissioners will decide whether to establish a range at the site, off Hoods Mill Road near Woodbine and about 1,000 feet north of the Howard County border. The Recreation Board recommended that before approval is granted, details concerning the site's design, operations and management be revealed to the public.
The proposal has become controversial. Residents have opposed it, saying the shooting range would detract from their quality of life. Sportsmen have supported it, saying they need a place to practice and teach their sport safely.
$15,000 grant to WMC
WESTMINSTER -- A $15,000 Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation grant has been awarded to Western Maryland College to fund college-administered scholarships for the college's physically disabled students.
The grant marks the 11th year of funding of Newcombe scholarships at Western Maryland and brings the total awarded to $161,000. WMC is among 11 colleges and universities in the Middle Atlantic region to receive a Newcombe Foundation grant for disabled students.
The other institutions include Gallaudet University, Pennsylvania State University, New York University and Mount Aloysius Junior College.
Since its inception in 1979, the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation of Princeton, N.J., has offered Newcombe Scholarships to four groups of students -- graduate students in the humanities and social sciences, physically challenged students, mature second-career women and disadvantaged students enrolled in church-related colleges.
Library budget set
TANEYTOWN -- Carroll County's library board of trustees will submit basically the same five-year capital budget request starting in 1994 as they did for 1993, members decided Wednesday night.
At the monthly meeting, trustees added a $100,000 request to enlarge the parking lot at the North Carroll branch.
As with last year, library officials will request money over a five-year period to expand and renovate the Eldersburg branch; rent space for a store-front library in Sandymount, later replacing it with a full-service library; build small "study-center"-sized libraries in New Windsor and Silver Run; create a new headquarters building; and expand the Westminster branch.
Board members also discussed purchasing computer equipment to begin buying and cataloging books for the county libraries. Carroll has had a contract with Baltimore County to provide those services since the Westminster branch opened in the mid-1970s.
Bids for the system, which officials hope will include the capability for patron-placed book reserves and on-line periodical searches, will be requested on Aug. 2 and are due to the library on Sept. 4.
The computer vendor will be chosen by Sept. 18, and the system should be operational by April. The 1993 library capital budget includes $581,500 for the project.