Remember, only angels fly in church

February 19, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

The Westminster AeroModelers Club should be allowed to continue flying model planes at a site off Route 97 except on the first Sunday of every month, Carroll's Recreation and Parks Board has decided.

The board voted 6-4 at its Wednesday night meeting to give neighbors who complained about noise from the radio-controlled planes one quiet day a month.

The board voted to recommend that the county permit, which was issued Aug. 25 and expired Dec. 31, be renewed for one year with conditions about where and when the planes may fly and how loud the noise may be.

Neighbors of the site near the closed John Owings Landfill said the noise from the planes was like that from "a Weed-Whacker," and they suggested the county find another site for the activity.

Also on Wednesday, the Recreation and Parks Board welcomed a new member and released its annual report. Ken Kiler, who lives in the Manchester area and is president of the North Carroll Recreation Council, was appointed by the commissioners to serve a three-year term.

The annual report stated that the 21 volunteer recreation councils raised and spent $495,167 in 1992.

The report also stated that 705,985 people attended recreation programs during the year and that 8,996 people volunteered 150,565 hours for 1,558 programs.

In other business, the board heard requests from local recreation councils for county money for six self-help projects.

The projects are so named because each community also contributes money and volunteers hours to complete the project.

The requests were:

* Westminster Area Recreation Council for a fitness course at East Middle School. The total cost would be $5,500; the community would contribute $975, plus 320 volunteer hours.

* The same council for a replacement tot lot at Westminster Elementary School. The total cost would be $14,965, with the community contributing $3,366.25, plus 300 hours.

* Union Bridge Recreational Council for improvements to the ball field at Elmer Wolfe Elementary School. The total cost would be $5,220, with the community contributing $992.50, plus 250 hours.

* The same council for ball field improvements at the Union Bridge Community Center. The total cost would be $4,540, with the community contributing $822.50, plus 250 hours.

* Freedom Area Recreational Council for a tot lot at Piney Ridge Elementary School. The total cost would be $12,000, with the community contributing $2,500, plus 400 hours.

* Deer Park Recreational Council to install a well and electrical lines at Deer Park's Magin Field. The total cost would be $10,500, with the community contributing $2,562.50, plus 50 hours.

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