County buys access for airport expansionCarroll...

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June 23, 1993

County buys access for airport expansion

Carroll commissioners yesterday voted to pay $9,955 for right of way access on almost a half-acre of land on Meadow Branch Road owned by Genstar Stone Products Inc.

The county needed access to the land for the expansion of the Carroll County Regional Airport.

The county plans to relocate Meadow Branch Road for the expansion and to start construction on a new 5,100-foot runway this summer.

The total cost of the expansion project is $17 million. The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to pay 90 percent of the cost, and the state and county contribute 5 percent each.

Business development contribution increased

Carroll's commissioners agreed Monday to increase the county's contribution to the small business development center from $5,000 to $7,500 next year.

The not-for-profit center, run by consultant Mike Fish, is open once a week in the county economic development office and gives residents advice on how to start or expand their small businesses.

An increased contribution would allow the center to open twice a week, said William E. Jenne, administrator of the Office of Economic Development.

"He [Mr. Fish] takes a lot of the work that we would have to do and deals with it," Mr. Jenne said. "Working with new businesses can consume quite a bit of time."

Last year, 60 businesses worked with the center, which relies on county, state and federal contributions. Of those, 51 percent were service companies, 32 percent were in retail, 7 percent were in manufacturing, 5 percent were in construction and 5 percent were in wholesale, Mr. Jenne said.

"This is a good way to meet people's needs and help them understand what [setting up a business] is all about," said Commissioner Julia W. Gouge.

Tributary protection information distributed

Carroll already has many programs in place to help protect the Chesapeake Bay, K. Marlene Conaway, the county's assistant director of planning, told the county commissioners Monday.

So, county agencies -- in cooperation with the Carroll County Extension Agency and the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service -- have created a bulletin outlining those programs.

The eight-page handout is being distributed at the state tributary strategy meetings, Ms. Conaway said.

"This is just a capsule view of things people don't realize we have in place," she said. "I'm sure every jurisdiction has its own list."

Parts of three Chesapeake Bay watersheds -- the Upper Shore Basin, the Patapsco/Back River Basin and the Upper Potomac Basin -- are located in Carroll County.

Septic haulers request cut in dumping fee

Carroll County septic haulers again asked the county commissioners to reduce fees for dumping waste in the county treatment facility.

Although fees were reduced from 9 cents per gallon to 4 cents per gallon in April, the Westminster-based facility is still not being used, a letter from an attorney representing the septic haulers said Monday.

The haulers suggested lowering the fee to 2 cents a gallon to encourage local use. Many county haulers have been illegally using Baltimore County's facility, which does not allow waste from other counties but does not closely monitor the process.

Baltimore County charges 2 cents a gallon. Carroll's $1.9 million facility, which opened in January, costs $13,000 a month to operate.

"I don't think that's the answer," said Commissioner Donald I. Dell of reducing the fees. "It would probably be cheaper to turn it off and let the thing rust."

Commissioner Julia W. Gouge suggested the three-year chronology of building and running the state-mandated facility be sent to other elected officials for advice.

"We need to say this is what we did, you told us we had to do it, now where do we go from here," she said. "We need to send it to key people for them to understand the problems we are having."

Two are charged after single-car accident

A Hampstead woman was charged with driving while intoxicated and negligent driving after an accident near Mayberry early Monday morning.

Kelly Noel Herb of the 4300 block of Dogwood Drive and her passenger, Richard Wayne Richardson, were traveling north on Robert Arthur Road shortly after midnight when a deer ran in front of Ms. Herb's 1985 Honda CRX, according to state police.

Ms. Herb swerved left, struck an embankment and hit a tree.

Both were treated and released from the Carroll County General Hospital emergency room.

Mr. Richardson was charged with disorderly conduct after he received a citation from the arresting officer.

Both were released on their own recognizance.

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