WESTMINSTER — Zoning panel OKs banquet application
The Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals yesterday approved a permit application from Patrick J. Flynn to build a banquet facility at Cascade Lake.
The three-member board's approval requires Mr. Flynn, a Montgomery College professor who purchased the 22-acre recreational site earlier this year, to make improvements to the park's entrance -- and driveway -- on Snydersburg Road. Mr. Flynn has not had site plans drawn yet. The plans also must be approved by other county officials.
Mr. Flynn needed the board's approval because the recreational facility is a non-conforming use in an area zoned for conservation.
He plans to build a three-story structure on the site of a bath house, which would be razed. The 50- by 100-foot building would contain a banquet area on the first floor, able to accommodate about 200-250 people and a living area for Mr. Flynn's family on the second floor. The basement would be partially open with a view of the lake, he said. A few neighbors on Snydersburg and Cape Horn Road opposed Mr. Flynn's plans, complaining of additional traffic and noise.
Soccer golf course gets board's approval
Plans for an outdoor soccer golf course at the Four Seasons Sports Complex on Route 482 moved a step forward yesterday by gaining the endorsement of the county Board of Zoning Appeals.
The board approved Four Seasons Fitness Center Inc.'s request to operate the commercial recreation area as a conditional use on a 22-acre tract zoned for agricultural use. The firm plans to lease the land and must present a signed lease with its site plans.
Kevin Bidelspach, director of operations and part owner of Four Seasons, said the course will be similar to a miniature or par-3 golf course. Participants will kick soccer balls into holes that are 18 inches deep and 28 inches wide.
Mr. Bidelspach hopes to open the 18-hole course in the spring.
Commissioners name 3 parents to council
The county commissioners recently appointed three parent representatives to the Carroll County Infants and Toddlers Program (CCITP) Interagency Coordinating Council.
CCITP provides services to eligible children from birth to age 3 who are experiencing developmental delays or who have been diagnosed as having conditions likely to result in developmental delay.
The three new appointees to the council are:
* Diana Francis, 32, of Hampstead, whose 6-year-old son, Billy, 6, is in the Special Needs Program at Hampstead Elementary.
* Linda Standiford, 31, of Finksburg, who has a daughter born three months premature.
She is co-founder of Preemie Pride, a support group for parents of premature babies.
* Richard J. Young, 43, of Westminster, the father of a special needs child.
He is an audiologist for the Baltimore County Department of Health and consultant to the Carroll County Health Department. Information: 876-4750.
Budget director works to figure cuts impact
County Budget Director Steven D. Powell was elected Monday to lead a group of Maryland county budget directors working to determine the impact on counties of proposed budget cuts.
Last week, Gov. William Donald Schaefer proposed cutting $150 million from county government budgets to help balance the state budget.
Carroll's share of the cuts probably will be about $5 million, Mr. Powell said. He is working with other budget directors through the Maryland Association of Counties.
The directors are looking at how the $150 million cut could be shared among the state's 23 counties and Baltimore city.
On Sept. 30, MACO's legislative committee will meet in Annapolis to discuss a response to the governor proposal.
Commissioner Julia W. Gouge and Mr. Powell will attend the meeting. The governor asked the counties to respond to his proposal by Oct. 1.
Workshop planned for aid recipients
Due to changes in the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program, recipients will be required to provide more documentation in order to receive the full amount of their monthly grant.
The Displaced Homemaker program at Carroll Community College will have a workshop, "New Choices for AFDC Recipients," from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the 300 S. Center St. annex to present methods to help children achieve in school and meet health and nutritional needs.Information: 876-9617.