WESTMINSTER — Reconstruction set for East Main Street
Reconstruction of East Main Street in Westminster, scheduled to begin in April, 1993, will mean diverting traffic around the city and onto nearby streets as work crews close sections of Main Street.
The $3.5 million project will include installation of new gas and water mains and storm drainage pipes, rebuilding East Main Street from Longwell Avenue to Washington Road and rebuilding Washington Road to Quintal Drive.
Plans outlined at a meeting of the East Main Street Reconstruction Task Force last week include:
* Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. is expected to start work in March 1993 to replace aging low-pressure gas mains with more efficient high pressure mains.
* State Highway Administration (SHA) crews will begin in April to replace old and deteriorating water mains with new 12-inch mains. The crews will find lines on both sides of the street from the days before 1964 when Westminster had competing private water companies, said Thomas B. Beyard, city director of planning and public works.
* Street construction will begin. The crews expect to work through November, 1993, stop for the winter and begin again in the spring of 1994. The project will take about 18 months to complete, said Gene Straub, SHA assistant district engineer for traffic.
Library board OKs new parking meters
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Public Library Board of Trustees Wednesday approved the use of parking meters for spaces behind the Westminster library.
Patrons parking on the west side of the library will receive 10 minutes of free parking so they can drop off or pick up books or other materials, said Martha Makosky, Carroll County Public Library director.
After that, patrons must feed the meters with a quarter for an hour of parking.
Ms. Makosky said she didn't know how soon the meters would be installed.
"People are parking there too long," Ms. Makosky said. "I think this will free up some spaces. We hope to provide more parking by having a higher turnover in those spaces."
In other matters, the board received an update on the library's efforts to secure a contract with a Utah company to improve the processing of materials -- through circulation, acquisition and inventory control. The company, Dynix, was among the low bidders for the automation project. The library has earmarked about $550,000 for a new system.
Rec and parks board approves 3 projects
The Recreation and Parks Board recommended county approval Wednesday for funding three park projects.
The projects are:
* Improving buildings at Deer Park, $2,500.
* Improving a ball field at New Windsor Middle School, $2,095.
* Improving and repairing a ball field at Salt Box Park in Woodbine,$6,850.
The projects are part of the county's "self-help" program, in which volunteer groups also contribute time and money.
The board tabled a $12,000 project proposed by the Westminster Recreation Council to build a fitness course at East Middle School and asked for a revision in the proposal.
Also on Wednesday, Vernon Smith, of the Charles Carroll Recreation Council, said competition from a county concession stand at the sports complex hurt the council's fund raising efforts this summer.
The county concession stand was open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for men's softball games, which started after youth games, he said. Some people watching the youth games patronized the county stand instead of the council's stand, he said.
The council estimated it lost $1,500 to $2,000 this summer, Mr. Smith said.
Board Chairman Clark R. Shaffer asked the board's sports complex committee to look into the situation.
County buys acreage for airport expansion
The county commissioners voted Thursday to buy 1.6 acres on Pinch Valley Road for $125,500 as part of the airport expansion project. The property, which has a house on it, is owned by Robert Lee Starner.
The Federal Aviation Administration will pay 90 percent of the cost, the state will pay 5 percent and the county will pay 5 percent, officials said.
Comments are sought on Sykesville park
SYKESVILLE -- Residents interested in giving the county comments on a new park proposed in Sykesville are invited to a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Piney Run Park.
Mount Airy reviews town master plan
MOUNT AIRY -- The town planning and zoning commission will look at another section of the revised master plan at the meeting tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. in the town office.
Plan revisions, which began in 1990, are expected to guide town growth for the next 10 years.
2& Information: 795-6012 or 829-1424.
New members invited to PACE meeting
SILVER RUN -- PACE Inc., a grassroots group formed in 1984 to fight water contamination caused by the Keystone Landfill, will welcome new members at a meeting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. Mary's United Church of Christ on Mayberry Road.