Power outage impairs 911 service, hospital

COUNTYWIDE SHORTS

August 25, 1994

More than 1,500 customers, including the 911 emergency service and Carroll County General Hospital, lost electric power about 2:30 p.m. yesterday, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman said.

Officials at the county's Emergency Operations Center could not start generators and continue with reduced operations until power was restored at 3:25 p.m., spokeswoman Nancy Hooper Caplan said.

Carroll County General is fed by two lines and about half of the hospital was affected until BGE workers manually switched to an alternate feeder line at 2:36 p.m.

Ms. Hooper Caplan said the outage was caused by the failure of an overhead line to a Westminster substation and affected customers along Route 140, Washington and Sykesville roads, as well as some customers in the Westminster Shopping Center and along Railroad Avenue.

Workers were replacing the failed lines yesterday afternoon, she said.

Funding approved for park expansion

The Maryland Board of Public Works yesterday approved spending $120,600 to enable Carroll County to buy 26.8 acres to add to Morgan Run Natural Environment Area.

The state park, off Route 97 in South Carroll, is about 1,300 acres. The money was approved under the state Department of Natural Resources' Program Open Space.

Yesterday, the board approved spending a total of $705,573. The other projects funded were in Baltimore and Cecil counties.

County to seek bids for radio system

Looking to the future, the county has asked communications companies to bid on the installation of a new nine-channel, 800-megahertz radio system, J. Michael Evans, director of the Department of General Services, told county commissioners Tuesday.

It would replace the current low-band system, part of which was constructed in the 1950s, he said.

The new system, expected to cost about $6 million, would set aside three channels for a countywide police force, if one should be created in Carroll by the year 2000.

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