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COUNTYWIDE BRIEFS

April 07, 1993

Builder seeks increase in housing density

A builder seeking greater density for a Westminster housing project should talk to the county's mayors at one of their monthly meetings, the county commissioners said last week.

Mount Airy builder Donald Nave met with the commissioners about three weeks ago to ask them to change county zoning laws to allow higher density so more affordable housing could be built.

Mr. Nave owns 10 acres on Cranberry Road and would like to build 76 units with four homes in each unit. He called the units "quads" and said each home in the quad would sell for $75,000.

Town officials need to be consulted on the issue because higher density affects sewer and water services in their jurisdictions, Commissioner Julia W. Gouge said.

Annual typing derby scheduled for April 21

Carroll Collegiate Secretaries International and the Department of Office Technology of Carroll Community College are inviting members of the community to their seventh annual Spring Typing and Shorthand Derby from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., April 21.

Both competitions will be conducted in Room 226 of the 1601 Washington Road campus, Westminster. A typewriter or computer may be used for the typing derby.

Contestants will be grouped by speed categories for typing or shorthand and prizes will be awarded in each category based on speed and accuracy.

Registration is not necessary for the contest, but a courtesy call to the coordinator in the Office Technology Department at 876-9618 would be appreciated.

More information sought on buffers for quarries

Carroll Commissioner Julia W. Gouge has asked a New Windsor resident who wants a change in the county's mining law to provide more information about his request.

Richard H. Offutt Jr., a member of the New Windsor Community Action Project, asked the county last year to require mining operations to locate farther away from property lines than the law dictates.

His property will be near a quarry to be built by the Arundel Corp. in Wakefield Valley.

The Planning Commission and the county's Zoning Ordinance Oversight Committee recommended against making the change.

Mrs. Gouge said Mr. Offutt should provide the commissioners more information about what kinds of buffers or distances Arundel has at other quarry sites.

The commissioners agreed not to make a decision about changing the law until they hear from Mr. Offutt.

Needy families can get help at workshops

The Displaced Homemaker Program at Carroll Community College will have four workshops this spring for Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) recipients.

The workshops will offer parents information and problem-solving methods to help their children achieve in school and meet health and nutritional needs.

The next workshop, "New Choices for AFDC Recipients," will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 22 in the conference room of the 300 S. Center St. annex, Westminster.

A second workshop will be May 26 and a third in June, the date to be announced.

All workshops are free and a stipend of $33 for transportation and child care will be provided to participants. Registration is required.

Information: 876-9617.

Man pleads guilty to sex abuse of girl, 10

A Westminster man pleaded guilty yesterday to sexually abusing his girlfriend's 10-year-old daughter.

The man pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse in exchange for prosecutors dropping 14 other charges and recommending a suspended five-year sentence.

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. accepted the plea, but ordered a presentence investigation. While he announced the state's recommendation for a suspended sentence from the bench, he did not bind himself to the arrangement. The man is to be sentenced May 17.

Child abuse carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison.

According to a statement in support of the guilty plea read by Assistant State's Attorney Eileen McInerney, the man sexually assaulted his girlfriend's daughter in June 1992.

Commissioners conduct private budget session

The county commissioners met in closed session yesterday to begin drafting a budget for fiscal 1994, which begins July 1.

Drafting a budget is an executive function and may be done in a closed meeting.

But last week, the commissioners said all budget meetings would be open unless they dealt with personnel issues.

Yesterday, the commissioners met with the director of Human Resources and Personnel Services, Jimmie L. Saylor, for about 45 minutes.

Then, Budget Director Steven D. Powell informed reporters waiting outside the meeting room that the rest of the budget session also would be closed.

Howard "Buddy" Redman, chief of the Bureau of Emergency Operations Services, also was expected to talk with the commissioners yesterday.

The commissioners probably will have to cut $3.4 million from budget requests submitted by agencies and departments.

County agencies and departments have requested $128,158,080, but revenue is expected to be only $124,779,695.

The budget will be adopted by the end of May.

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