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CENTRAL --

January 29, 1993

Hahn's gets OK to expand building

The Carroll County zoning appeals board has cleared the way for a Westminster meat-packing plant to expand its building.

On Wednesday, the board authorized Hahn's of Westminster to extend its building to 10 feet from the rear property line for a refrigerator area that will be used to trim and package cooked meat. The city zoning law requires a 30-foot clearance between the building and the property line.

The change will bring the building on Route 27 closer to the line of property owned by the state of Maryland or the Maryland Midland Railway Co. Attorney Charles M. Preston, representing Hahn's, said ownership of the property occupied by the railroad track could not be determined without an extensive title search.

Board members voted to approve the request after noting that Maryland Midland officials voiced no opposition. No representative of the railroad attended the hearing.

OTB zoning takes step in Westminster

A proposal to require zoning appeals board hearings for off-track betting parlors in Westminster has passed the first step to becoming city law.

The City Council introduced Mayor W. Benjamin Brown's proposal at this week's meeting.

Because the proposal involves a change in zoning law, it must go first to the planning commission for a recommendation, then to the council for a public hearing and final action.

The city government has not yet received any serious inquiries about opening an off-track betting parlor here, City Clerk John D. Dudderar reported.

Mr. Brown said he requested the change to give citizens a chance to comment before off-track betting is permitted in Westminster. He attempted a similar regulation of keno earlier, but learned that state law bars towns from regulating or restricting state-sponsored lotteries such as keno.

POLICE

* Westminster: Property valued at $4,480 was stolen from a trailer office at the rear of Laser Applications Inc., of Business Parkway South on Wednesday. Officials of the company told police a fax machine, four telephones, a laser printer and a computer with keyboard were missing.

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