Insurance bureau aide for state will field questions...

BUSINESS NOTES

May 14, 2000

Insurance bureau aide for state will field questions

The Maryland Insurance Administration wants to help consumers with insurance concerns.

A representative from the state agency will be at the state comptroller's office in Westminster from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. No appointments are required.

Anyone with a question about insurance coverage or who needs help in filing a complaint, can see the agency's representative.

The comptroller's office is at 532 Baltimore Blvd., Suite 306 of the Westminster Professional Center.

Information: 800-492-6116.

Unemployment insurance topic of job service meeting

The Job Service Employer Committees from Carroll and Howard counties will sponsor a meeting at 8 a.m. May 25 at Springfield Hospital Center on Route 32 in Sykesville.

The topic will be controlling the costs associated with unemployment insurance. Recent state and federal legislation, the centralization of unemployment insurance offices to claim centers in Maryland and participating in appeal hearings will be discussed.

Speakers will be Susan Bass, legislative liaison for UI, and Dennis Morton, director of UI Contributions.

Reservations are required.

Information: 410-876-8373.

Edward Jones to present free video for investors

Edward Jones will present a free video broadcast for individual investors at 6:30 p.m. May 24 at the office, 56 W. Main St., Westminster.

The video will feature Jack Greenberg, chief executive officer of McDonald's, who will discuss company operations beyond Happy Meals, trinkets and playgrounds.

Joining him will be Patrick Shumann, restaurant analyst, and Alan Skrainka,chief strategist, both from Edward Jones.

McDonald's food will be served during the broadcast, and parents are welcome to bring their children. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-848-4830.

Zoning appeals panel OKs 3 conditional-use requests

The Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals has approved three conditional-use requests.Bethanneand Mark Smith of 5974 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg, appealed a denial for a variance from lot size and distance setback for a private stable. The county requires a minimum of 3 acres for horses, but the Smiths said they had proof that horses had been kept on the 2.5-acre property before their purchase of it in 1996.

The couple also has leased an additional 3 acres of adjoining property. Neighbors feared the horses would create odors, noise and dust and attract flies.

The board found that the Smiths have sufficient expertise in caring for and boarding horses that the variances for a smaller lot, a reduced 30-foot setback for a building and variance of 142 feet from the nearest house were granted.Eldersburg Business Center requested a conditional use for an operating office for the American Cancer Society, and distribution area for materials and supplies for staff and volunteer use. The site at 1393 Progress Way would be changed from industrial use to business use. The board heard no objections.James Walter Smith of 3336 Uniontown Road requested a conditional use for an antiques and gift shop in a residence in the historic district.

The board found the use for the shop consistent with the area.

Carroll chamber plans to continue tour

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will continue its "2000 Tour of Carroll County" at its breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. May 30 at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3184 Church St., Manchester.

Manchester Councilwoman Mary Minderleinwill discuss the town's past, present and future as it relates to the business community.

The cost is $10 for breakfast, catered by Johanssons. Reservations are required by May 24.

The chamber's Connections After Hours reception will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 23 at Shepherd's Staff, 30 Carroll St., Westminster. Shepherd's Staff is an ecumenical ministry. Reservations are required by Friday.

Information: 410-848-9050.

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