Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg


September 29, 1993

False alarm interrupts Sandymount school day

A malfunctioning fire alarm at Sandymount Elementary School provided a brief reprieve from the usual daily schedule about 9:20 a.m. yesterday.

The alarm sent 530 students, their teachers and staff out of the building in the 2200 block of Old Westminster Pike for about 20 minutes while firefighters from the Reese station checked the school to verify that there was no fire.

A school spokesman said the students conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. Fire units from Westminster also responded.

Council approves ads on city's sidewalks

The Westminster City Council gave final approval Monday to an ordinance allowing temporary advertising displays on sidewalks.

"In most cases, these signs are out in the morning and in at night," said Thomas Beyard, city director of planning. "So long as the sign doesn't interfere with the flow of people, it will be allowed."

Before placing signs on sidewalks, business owners must obtain a permit from Mr. Beyard's office. The application must include the size of the proposed sign as well as location and hours of the business.

The ordinance will take effect 10 days from the approval date, but Mr. Beyard said his office will accept permit requests now.

Lippy seeks conference on city intersection

Carroll Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy has asked Gov. William Donald Schaefer to arrange a meeting with state transportation officials, local officials and residents to discuss the intersection of Route 140 and Royer Road-Meadow Branch Road in Westminster.

Mr. Lippy said the state's plan to make a "jug handle" turn at the intersection "could make a snake dizzy."

State Highway Administration officials met with residents and officials Sept. 15 to discuss the plan.

Residents have requested that a traffic light be installed at the intersection, but highway officials said that would increase accidents.

In his Sept. 24 letter, Mr. Lippy asked for a meeting with the governor "so that we may explore this serious issue in depth."

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