Delegation brings home plenty for county Agricultural Center among funding recipients

April 10, 1996|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF

The 1996 General Assembly approved a package of local bills that didn't generate much controversy but will affect the workings of county institutions from the County Agricultural Center to the liquor board.

Carroll lawmakers were able to secure $100,000 of the $700,000 in state funding for renovation and expansion of the County Agricultural Center.

"I was disappointed that we only got $100,000, but the fact that we got our foot in the door bodes well for next year," said Del. Donald B. Elliott, a New Windsor Republican.

The legislature approved $480,000 in matching funds toward construction of the Women's Health Center for Carroll County General Hospital.

In addition to a new obstetrics unit, the center will include an array of diagnostic and treatment services, including breast imaging, osteoporosis testing and a cardiac diagnostic program.

Delegation members said the Maryland Higher Education Commission approved $75,000 toward construction of a $300,000 amphitheater at Carroll Community College.

The local delegation also obtained approval for the county to sell $15 million worth of bonds to finance school and road construction and other capital projects.

Legislators approved a county health department request to set aside $10 from each soil percolation test fee to create a $7,500 annual fund to help pay for innovative septic systems.

Some of the regulatory changes requested by the Board of License Commissioners and approved by the General Assembly would:

Allow restaurants with beer and wine licenses to serve alcohol on Sundays for a $1,000 fee.

Permit the liquor board to check criminal backgrounds of liquor license applicants.

Allow 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds to sell, serve and dispense alcohol. The current minimum age is 21.

Maryland legislators rejected a local bill that would have waived the "declaration of intent" a forester must sign guaranteeing that a property where he is harvesting timber will not be developed for at least seven years.

However, Republican Sen. Larry E. Haines, the Carroll delegation chairman, said state officials have said local jurisdictions already have the authority to approve the waiver through an application process.

A bill that would have allowed the Board of County Commissioners to audit for financial and performance purposes nonprofit organizations that receive county money was killed in a House committee. Mr. Haines said House members opposed the bill because it would have permitted an audit of the county school board.

Pub Date: 4/10/96

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