Health Board approves soil study of McGill tractThe county...

CARROLL COUNTY BRIEFS

March 04, 1994

Health Board approves soil study of McGill tract

The county Board of Health yesterday approved a request by environmental health officials to conduct a hydrogeologic study of a planned subdivision at Route 32 and Nicodemus Road.

The 36-acre parcel, called the McGill property, is on the southwest side of Route 32, east of the intersection of Nicodemus Road.

According to preliminary plans, the property will be divided into 22 lots.

Environmental health officials determined that a hydrogeologic study should be performed before percolation tests because of the small lot sizes and the presence of a stream and steep slopes.

A hydrogeologic study involves taking borings of the soils and evaluating neighboring wells to determine the depth of bedrock and ground water.

The tests are used to determine whether the land is capable of supporting a septic system.

County urged not to cut training fund budget

Carroll County should not cut too much from its budget to help businesses train workers, the head of the county's Job Training Partnership Administration office said yesterday.

County Budget Director Steven D. Powell has recommended that the training fund budget be cut by $60,000 for fiscal 1995, which begins July 1.

The current year's budget is $110,000. Mr. Powell recommended next year's budget be $50,000.

The money is used as an incentive to attract new businesses to the county or to encourage existing businesses to expand.

Diane Massey, head of the JTPA office, said she never spends the entire training fund budget, but a cushion is needed.

Mr. Powell said he reduced the budget because the JTPA office spent an average of $40,000 for training over the last five years. He said the county may be able to afford to add $20,000 to $30,000 back to the training fund.

The commissioners will make a decision later.

51 businesses to participate in fair

Fifty-one local businesses will reach out to the community this weekend at the annual Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Business Fair, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow at Cranberry Mall in Westminster.

"It's not as large as the first one we had at the mall," said chamber executive director Helen Utz, referring to the 1987 business fair the year Cranberry Mall opened.

Chamber members have sponsored a fair for the public every year since 1985.

"It's been running somewhere around 50 [exhibitors] every year," Ms. Utz said.

Unlike the chamber's Business-to-Business Expo in the fall, this fair is aimed at consumers, she said.

Several exhibitors are planning prize drawings and will give away gifts to people who stop by their booths, Ms. Utz said.

House OKs bill raising fee paid to auctioneers

The Maryland House of Delegates voted 137-0 yesterday to approve a Carroll County bill to increase the fee paid to auctioneers handling Carroll tax sales.

If House Bill 615 is enacted, the fee would increase from $3 to $7.50.

The bill now goes to a Senate committee for a hearing. Senate leadership did not announce yesterday which committee would hear the bill.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted to approve the bill last month.

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