Extension agents, farmers advise Dell on projects

February 15, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Meeting with a group of county extension agents and farmers last week, Carroll Commissioner Donald I. Dell took the opportunity to solicit suggestions on a few favorite projects.

"I'm really asking for your advice," said Mr. Dell at the annual extension agency breakfast to update him on their programs. "I want to take advantage of these opportunities to speak to small groups."

The audience of 13 seemed receptive to Mr. Dell's proposals, nodding their heads occasionally as he spoke Friday about extending Interstate 795 and bringing industry to the Route 140 corridor in Finksburg.

Mr. Dell said he would like to extend I-795 to Route 15 in Pennsylvania and eliminate the need for bypasses around Westminster, Hampstead and Manchester.

He said waste water from industrial projects in Finksburg could be routed to a waste-to-energy plant at the Northern landfill in Reese, and need never enter Liberty Reservoir. Baltimore County executives have opposed industry near the line because they fear it would contaminate the water supply, Mr. Dell said.

But county funding of arts programs in Baltimore got the most response from the group.

"The arts are important, but not so important as having something to eat or not, or having a place to live or not," said Robert Shirley, a county extension agent who works with 4-H programs. "I think you need to strike a balance. In 4-H, to acquire all life skills, we think you need a great variety of experiences, and the arts are part of that."

Extension agent David Greene said, "It's a matter of putting priorities on things. I've always felt that the arts should be supported privately. Maybe you should encourage support through private citizens."

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