Hearing set on massage parlors, transient vendors, police force

September 23, 1992|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Residents will have the opportunity Saturday morning to tell county commissioners how they feel about massage parlors, traveling furniture salesmen, the school board's spending habits and a county police force.

The commissioners have scheduled a meeting from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 07 of the County Office Building to hear public comment on 11 pieces of legislation that they may ask the county delegation to introduce in the next General Assembly session.

After hearing comments, the commissioners may revise the legislation before meeting Dec. 1 with the delegation.

The legislation being considered would:

* Give the commissioners power to review and reduce any item in the Board of Education annual budget and to conduct a performance audit of the board's management practices.

Commissioner Julia W. Gouge said the legislation was proposed in part because the commissioners learned earlier this year that Superintendent R. Edward Shilling had a multiyear contract with raises each year.

School board members Cheryl A. McFalls and Carolyn L. Scott said the commissioners should not have line-item veto power or be able to do performance audits. A system of checks and balances that allows the commissioners to approve "categories" of the school budget already is in place, Mrs. Scott said.

* Allow the county to license massage parlors.

State's Attorney Thomas H. Hickman asked the commissioners for the means to stop businesses that offer "sexual services," County Attorney Charles W. "Chuck" Thompson said.

Mr. Hickman would not comment about the legislation, which would allow the county to adopt ordinances to license massage parlors and massage therapists and set license fees.

* Allow the county to license anyone who does business for less than one year at any single location.

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce asked that the law governing transient vendors be strengthened because enforcement has been a problem, Executive Director Helen Utz said.

The law would require that people selling furniture, rugs, paintings, flowers or other items at the side of the road be licensed, she said.

The law would not apply to farmers or non-profit groups, she said.

* Allow the county to put aside money for a county police force if funding for the resident trooper program is lost.

Other proposed legislation includes: creating a county Solid Waste Authority; allowing criminal background checks on prospective employees; creating administrative fees to pay for the Forest Conservation Act of 1991; and collecting administrative fees for child support enforcement from the absent parent.

Copies of the draft legislation are available at the county communications office. Information: 857-2961.

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