'Caring for Kids' needs donationsWESTMINSTER -- The...

CARROLL CAPSULE

September 02, 1992

WESTMINSTER — 'Caring for Kids' needs donations

WESTMINSTER -- The "Caring for Carroll's Kids" campaign has received more than 350 requests for assistance with back-to-school supplies in the two-week opening period of the Human Services program.

Barbara Brown, volunteer coordinator, said the requests are for children between 5 and 18 years old and include school supplies, lunch boxes, backpacks, gym clothes, art supplies and clothing.

Donations through Aug. 15 totaled $243.53. Masci Restaurants, owner of five Roy Rogers restaurants in the county, donated 10 cents for each 44-ounce soft drink purchased during August and placed collection containers in its stores for individual donations.

Anyone wishing to donate to "Caring for Carroll's Kids" may do so at any of the Roy Rogers Restaurants or send a check to Human Services Programs, P.O. Box 489, Westminster, Md. 21158.

School board approves request for projects

WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Board of Education approved a request to the state that includes $7.8 million to plan, build and equip a new middle school in New Windsor. The state's cost would be $2.8 million. "The money is a combination of design funds, construction costs as well as furniture and equipment," said Lester Surber, supervisor of school facilities and planning.

The county is still negotiating for a site for the 82,800-square-foot school.

At Monday's session, the board also requested:

* $169,000 for a new roof on East Middle School in Westminster.

* A new middle school on Oklahoma Road in Eldersburg.

* Additions and alterations to Taneytown Elementary and Francis Scott Key High in Uniontown.

* $4.8 million for renovations to Sandymount Elementary.

* About $1.2 million to bring schools into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Union Bridge defers action on equipment

UNION BRIDGE

UNION BRIDGE -- Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. said Union Bridge will defer action on a priority list of equipment for its sewer plant until it receives the green light from the state Department of the Environment. "We gave the department our plan to upgrade the plant," said the mayor at last week's council session. "They may have a different set of priorities."

The mayor said he expects a consent order from the state this week.

New Windsor studies home for fountain

NEW WINDSOR

NEW WINDSOR -- County officials will be in town today to discuss potential sites for the town's 100-year-old fountain.

The fountain, at the corner of High and Main Streets, was almost destroyed when a tractor-trailer rig jumped the curb and hit it. Now repaired, it remains in storage until a safer site can be found. The council will review the county's report at its 7 p.m. session today.

Town planning board votes down rezoning

MOUNT AIRY

MOUNT AIRY -- The town Planning and Zoning Commission voted Monday to recommend to the Town Council that no rezoning should be granted for 22.5 acres of the Twin Ridge development

The owners of the development off Prospect Road and Route 144 argued that there had been a change in the neighborhood and that the land should be rezoned for a higher density. Twin Ridge is a development of 303 single-family homes.

Town Planner Teresa M. Bamberger said that there was no change in the neighborhood and recommended that the land should not be rezoned from R-1, which allows three homes per acre, to R-3, which allows eight homes per acre.

In other business Monday, the commission gave conditional approval to five more parking places at the Ridgeville Business Center. The commission also reviewed a sketch plan to subdivide the Gartrell property at 5 Prospect Road, but no action was taken.

Forest committee to review draft

A committee writing a forest conservation ordinance for Carroll will consider changes to its draft today at 3 p.m. at the County Office Building.

One elimination the Environmental Affairs Advisory Board subcommittee will consider is a provision allowing developers to pay into a fund rather than replant trees on sites they develop.

Mount Airy Mayor Gerald Johnson advocated the change at a mayors' meeting with the county commissioners last month. Some government officials are concerned that developers would choose to pay a fee rather than replant trees they remove. Mr. Johnson said he is also concerned that such a fund would be difficult to administer.

Developers say that replanting trees or planting trees on previously barren tracts, as the state law requires, is not always feasible.

Neil Ridgely, a subcommittee member and county government employee who will administer the ordinance, said the state would allow the county to eliminate the fee from the ordinance. Provisions might be included that would allow plantings on private properties where easements would be purchased, he said.

The state requires counties to write their own forest conservation laws, which must be approved by the Department of Natural Resources. Carroll's municipalities have delegated responsibility for administering the law in their jurisdictions to the county.

Canon is reappointed to state housing group

ANNPOLIS

ANNAPOLIS -- Sylvia Canon, executive director of Carroll County Human Services Programs, was reappointed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer to the Maryland Housing Policy Commission.

The 17-member commission, Created in 1983, helps the Department of Housing and Community Development identify ways to increase housing supply and ownership opportunities for low and moderate income people.

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