News Digest

July 19, 2002

Commissioners undo water restriction to allow pool filling

The Carroll County commissioners reversed direction yesterday on recently passed water restrictions and voted to allow the filling of swimming pools.

The three-member board's decision rescinds a rule it passed last week and brings the county's swimming pool restrictions in line with the state's, which allow pools to be filled.

The commissioners voted 2-1 to reverse their previous decision after hearing complaints from residents who have built new pools that need to be filled and from large health clubs whose health and safety guidelines require cleaning and changing pool water on a regular basis. Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge voted against the change.

The county's restriction on outdoor watering - allowing residents with even-numbered addresses to use handheld watering containers or hoses on even-numbered days of the month and vice versa - still stands.

Center Street stop signs moved at 2 intersections

Traffic patterns have been changed at two Center Street intersections in Westminster.

On Wednesday, road crews swapped the stop signs at Center Street and Gorsuch Road, now requiring vehicles to stop on Gorsuch Road. The intersection - the scene of 12 car accidents in the past eight months - had been "a bad one to begin with," said Douglas E. Myers, director of Carroll's public works department.

About two weeks ago, crews made similar changes to the Center Street intersection with Cranberry Road.

Repositioning the stop signs will allow traffic to flow unhindered along Center Street.

Internet site will allow online tax payments

Carroll residents should be able to access and pay their tax bills online at the county government's Internet site by the end of the month.

Beginning July 29, Internet users also will be able to register and pay for recreation and parks programs, pay water and sewer bills and obtain permits for anything that does not require the applicant to show construction plans or drawings.

County officials say the new payment option will make life easier for the public because the Internet site will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while most county offices close by 4:30 p.m. weekdays and do not open weekends.

The Internet site address is

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