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February 11, 1993

Setback ordinance amended for stations

The Carroll County commissioners have amended the county's zoning ordinance to remove setback requirements for service station canopies.

Canopies designed to shelter gas pumps at service stations will be exempt from existing setback requirements, county officials said.

The amendment also allows service stations to erect signs that do not exceed 200 square feet. The ordinance previously limited such signs to 4 square feet per linear foot of a building.

County officials said the amendment brings the county ordinance up to date with the needs of Carroll businesses. The changes will mean fewer requests for variances before the Zoning Appeals Board.

No members of the public attended either a work session or public hearing on the amendment.

Liquor board amends waiting period rules

The Carroll County Liquor Board amended a rule Tuesday to allow restaurant owners to file for a liquor license within the first three months of operation.

The old rule -- adopted in November -- forced owners to wait until their business was open for three months before they could apply for their liquor license, which would allow them to sell wine, beer and liquor with meals.

Once they applied, they would have had to wait up to two months for the hearing to come before the liquor board, said chairman Earle H. Brewer.

"Now they can file prior to the three months the business is in operation, and once that time is up, they can get the license and be off and running," Mr. Brewer said.

3 banks interested in development bank

Three out of the top five Carroll County banks have expressed interest in forming a community development bank, county Economic Development Office Administrator William E. Jenne told the county commissioners this week.

Mr. Jenne said he expects to hear from the remaining two institutions by the end of the week. County officials plan to finish preparing the venture by the end of February.

A community development bank, financed by private banking institutions, would be able to make loans commercial banks are prevented from making because of federal regulations.

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