Charter backers plan weekend signature drive

March 07, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Carroll County Citizens for Charter Government will collect signatures this weekend in Eldersburg and Westminster.

The group, which has gathered about 3,000 signatures, needs 1,000 more to reach its goal.

Signatures from 5 percent of the county's registered voters would force the County Commissioners to appoint a charter-writing board. The issue could then appear on the 1998 ballot.

If approved, county government would change from three commissioners to one executive with a county council.

"We are cautiously optimistic about the success of the drive," said Dan Hughes, volunteer coordinator.

Petitions will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at Wal-Mart on Route 26 in Eldersburg and the Giant Food store at Cranberry Square in Westminster.

Also, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, volunteers will be at Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers Market, Route 140, Westminster.

Information: 795-1159.

Pub Date: 3/07/97

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