Carroll Digest


October 08, 2002

Commissioners vote to put pact to run airport out to bid

The county commissioners have voted to put the contract for managing Carroll County Regional Airport out to bid.

The commissioners have expanded the new contract to include management of the county's seven corporate hangars, Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier said. The request for a proposal will run in area newspapers this week.

Last week, the commissioners ignored a request for a 30-day waiting period to seek bids for a new contract from the airport's operators. The vote was 2-1, with Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge dissenting.

Rick and Bonnie Jones have managed the county-owned airport since the death of longtime operator June Poage in May. They lease the terminal and several smaller hangars. The couple's contract runs through June 2004.

When the Joneses learned of the commissioners' plans to seek applicants for the job, they asked for a month to prepare their business plan.

"There really was no reason to wait," said Frazier. "The airport is in limbo now and we need to get going with this. We will be glad to look at their plan. We are still interested in their plan."

Fire marshal investigating car blaze in Westminster

The state fire marshal's office is investigating a car fire in Westminster that they have determined was set deliberately.

Firefighters were called at 5 a.m. yesterday to a parking lot at Englar Road and Clifton Boulevard for a 1985 Toyota SRS on fire on the passenger side. The car's owner, Donna Gates, discovered the fire, which caused an estimated $1,000 in damage, authorities said.

Fire marshals are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 410-552-0154.

Health Department looking for dog that bit person

The county Health Department is asking for help finding a dog that bit a person Sunday in Mount Airy.

The dog is described as medium-sized, with short gray hair, a long tail and bent floppy ears. The dog bit a person at Watkins Park, on Route 27.

If authorities are unable to find the dog and determine whether it has rabies, the bite victim will have to undergo treatment for rabies exposure, Health Department officials said. Anyone with information on the dog is asked to call the department at 410-876-1884 or the county Humane Society at 410-848-4810 or, after 5 p.m., the county emergency operations center at 410-386-2260.

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