Commissioners adopt harassment policy
Carroll commissioners unanimously adopted an updated policy Thursday on handling employee discrimination and harassment complaints.
Much of the language in the county's Equal Employment Opportunity and Sexual Harassment Policy comes from a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission manual. The manual was updated after law professor Anita Hill testified at Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court nomination hearing that he had sexually harassed her on the job.
Carroll's new policy adds definitions of discrimination and harassment, and provides a more detailed procedure than the old policy for investigating and resolving complaints.
The new policy makes official and formal the ways the county already has been handling complaints, said Jimmie L. Saylor, Carroll's director of human resources and personnel services.
Commissioner Gouge meets the president
Carroll Commissioner Julia W. Gouge met President Clinton at a gathering in Washington on Wednesday to discuss summer jobs for youth.
"It was truly fun," she said.
But the Republican commissioner joked that she wasn't impressed enough to switch parties.
Mrs. Gouge was one of three Maryland elected officials invited to the meeting, which was sponsored by the National Alliance of Business. She was invited because she is a member of the National Association of Counties' Steering Committee for Employment.
Mrs. Gouge had her picture taken with the president, whom she said is "very easygoing and smiles a lot."
The group discussed the president's Summer Challenge program, part of his economic stimulus package.
In Carroll, about 260 youths participate each year in a summer jobs program coordinated by the county's job training office.
EPA officials to pay visit to Carroll
Officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will visit Carroll County on Wednesday to learn more about the county's water resource management program.
"It's part of a new effort from headquarters, where they're trying to get out in the real world to see how things are going," said Catherine Rappe, chief of the county's Bureau of Water Resource Management.
During the daylong visit, county and EPA officials will visit the Roberts Field housing development in Hampstead, a city-owned well in Westminster, and a tributary of the West Branch of the Patapsco River and Piney Run.
Ms. Rappe said Piney Run is of interest to EPA officials because Carroll is preparing to use the lake, built in the 1970s, as a water supply. So far, it has been used only for recreation.
About 15 EPA officials are expected during the visit, which is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m., she said.
Route 32 resurfacing to start in late April
The State Highway Administration has announced that resurfacing and safety improvements on Route 32 will begin in late April in Carroll County.
dTC The project will cover six miles of Route 32 from Route 26 to Nottingham Road, and structural rehabilitation work will be done on the Route 32 bridge spanning Morgan Run.
Richard F. Kline of Frederick has been awarded the $2.7 million contract. The bridge over Morgan Run will be closed for construction late this month and will remain closed until about December. A detour will be posted for motorists.
Lutheran auxiliary's flower mart due in May
The annual Flower Mart sponsored by the Friends of the Village Auxiliary of Carroll Lutheran Village will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 1 in the 201 St. Mark Way Activities Room.
Assorted bedding plants and hanging baskets will be available with geraniums, begonias, impatiens and other flowers, crafts, trash and treasure, jewelry and baked goods.
There will also be a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the dining room of 205 St. Mark Way. Tickets are $4.50 for adults and $2.25 for children ages 3-12, available at the door.
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Supporters of DNR's tree program honored
Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Torrey C. Brown will honor groups and individuals who have supported DNR's TREE-MENDOUS MARYLAND program at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The awards ceremony at Fort McHenry in Baltimore will honor corporate and government sponsors, volunteers, school Arbor Day leaders and Maryland PLANT Community groups that have helped plant more than 3 million seedlings and trees in the past three years. These supporters are part of the more than 75,000 volunteers who have made Maryland the nation's best tree-planting state.
The following local individuals and organization will be honored:
* The town of Hampstead.
* The city of Westminster.
* The town of Manchester.
* Bradley Yohe, supervisor of science for Carroll County schools.
* South Carroll High School.
* Melinda Bryd of Piney Run Nature Center.
In addition to the awards ceremony, there will be a ceremonial tree planting.