Fines are increased in Manchester for water use...


July 11, 2002

Fines are increased in Manchester for water use violations

Manchester Town Council has passed an emergency ordinance that increases fines for violating the ban on outdoor water use.

Fines will be increased from $25 to $100 for the first violation, and from $50 to $200 for any subsequent offense. The measure passed unanimously Tuesday night, and Mayor Christopher B. D'Amario again appealed to townspeople to reduce water use. A policy of first issuing warnings was eliminated last month.

Manchester has had chronic water shortages for years, and its ban preceded the current drought. But Steven L. Miller, the town's director of public works, said the situation is the worst he has seen in 25 years.

Commissioner at home after gall bladder surgery

Commissioner Donald I. Dell returned to his Westminster home yesterday, one day after undergoing emergency surgery at Carroll County General Hospital to remove his gall bladder.

"I feel OK, just a little weak," said the 77-year-old three-term commissioner, who recently announced he would seek re-election. After experiencing severe pain Monday, Dell underwent tests at the hospital, before doctors determined the source of the pain was his gall bladder.

Dell's doctors expect him to make a swift and complete recovery and he should resume his duties at the County Office Building early next week, he said. If he feels well enough, Dell said, he will participate in the first commissioner candidates' forum at 8 a.m. tomorrow at Thunderhead Bowling Centre in Taneytown.

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