Carroll County Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

October 04, 2002

Study backs keeping animal control under Humane Society

A study ordered after a county commissioner suggested shifting animal-control services to the sheriff's office has found that the duties should remain the responsibility of the Humane Society.

The Humane Society of Carroll County is operating its animal-control services efficiently, according to the study, conducted by the county Department of Management and Budget. Commissioner Donald I. Dell had ordered the study.

"I feel the operation could be more profitable under the sheriff's office," Dell said yesterday. "I had concerns with the society's attitude to someone who was in violation."

The Humane Society's shelter and adoption functions at its location on Route 97 near Westminster were never in question.

The research, which focused on the structure and organization of the county-funded agency, showed that separating the duties would lead to increased operating costs. Steven Powell, director of management and budget and author of the report, interviewed 12 employees at the agency and requested information on the operations of neighboring jurisdictions.

The study recommended updating the society's contract, which dates to 1976. For better insight into the agency, Powell said that one commissioner or an official appointee should serve on the society's board.

"That is a piece I see as important," said Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier. "We have tax money going into animal control, yet we have no official input into what happens."

$1.5 million pact awarded for road construction

The county awarded a $1.5 million contract yesterday to Accubid of Mount Airy for construction of the final phase of Shepherds Mill Road in Union Bridge. The bid was nearly $400,000 below the county's original estimate for the work.

The overall cost of the project is $4.6 million, including a $1.6 million reimbursement to Maryland Midland Railroad for work along its tracks. Officials expect to complete the 1.1-mile road by the end of next year.

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