State police are seeking out-of-state paint crewsState...


August 12, 1993

State police are seeking out-of-state paint crews

State police are looking for eight contractors and their crews of laborers from out of state who have been spray painting the metal roofs of houses without obtaining a license from the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.

Detective Sgt. Donald Hoffman of the Westminster barracks said the teams are believed to be from North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina and have been working along Old Westminster Pike in the Reese area for about a week.

Bright silver roofs have sprung up along the road.

The newly painted roofs have not been tested by time and weather, and there is no complaint of shabby work, police said.

However, the Maryland Home Improvement Law requires anyone in the home-repair business to obtain a state license.

State police have obtained warrants for three contractors for whom they had names: Berry Stevenson, 29, of Sparta, Ga.; Lee H. Berry, 33, of Augusta, Ga.; and John Joseph Carroll, 39, of North Augusta, S.C.

All three are charged with contracting without a license.

Learn about transfers of development rights

An informational meeting about the transfer of development rights will be held at 7:30 tonight in Burns Hall at the Carroll County Agricultural Center in Westminster.

Transfers of development rights, similar to agricultural preservation programs, allow land owners to sell easements and permanently maintain their property as open space.

However, instead of selling easements to the government or a private land trust, a developer would purchase them to increase the density of homes built in a specified area.

Although development rights transfers are in the county's proposed Southwest Master Plan, the meeting is designed to discuss the concept in general and will not include the specifics of the county plan.

Carroll County commissioners voted Monday to give the county planning commission until the end of 1994 to complete the southwest plan.

School lunch prices to be raised a nickel

Lunch prices in Carroll County Schools will go up a nickel for students and adults in September.

The price of milk and breakfast will stay the same, however. A half-pint of milk will remain 30 cents, and breakfast will continue to be 75 cents.

Lunch prices will be $1.15 for elementary students and $1.30 for middle school and high school students. Adult lunch prices will be $2.25.

The school board approved the changes at its meeting yesterday.

Superintendent R. Edward Shilling said the increased cost in the lunch program is necessary because the staff is stable and most workers are at the top of their salary scales.

He provided figures indicating that Carroll school meals are more expensive than some school systems and cheaper than others. For example, elementary lunches in Baltimore are $1.45 and $1.00 in Harford County.

The lunch program is almost exclusively supported by student fees and the government subsidies available to all districts.

Huss named principal of Carroll Elementary

The Carroll County school board has appointed Richard H. Huss of Westminster as principal at Charles Carroll Elementary School.

Mr. Huss has been assistant principal at Manchester Elementary School since 1990. Before that, he was a teacher for 13 years at William Winchester and Carrolltowne elementary schools.

Mr. Huss replaces Robert Bruce, who was named principal at Manchester Elementary last month.

The board also hired Joyce L. Hinkle of Ellicott City as supervisor of purchasing.

Ms. Hinkle has been a buyer for the Howard County Board of Education since 1990, and has held purchasing jobs in Prince George's County government, Annapolis and other public and private institutions since 1978.

Aeromodelers fly for fun and show

The Westminster Aeromodelers club will have a Fun Fly and competition starting at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Carroll County Aerodome off Route 97 near the Humane Society north of Westminster.

Participating pilots will fly radio-controlled models, performing maneuvers required by the director.

Visitors are welcome, but are asked to observe safety rules.

Information: 833-3122.

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