Carroll Digest


January 29, 2003

Commissioners seek explanation of adult cable programming

The county commissioners said yesterday they would ask Adelphia Cable officials to explain why the company's digital television customers in Carroll will receive adult programming whether they asked for it or not.

The commissioners announced their intention to write to the cable company after they were told that customers with digital cable would receive adult programming beginning next month unless they contact Adelphia and say they don't want it.

"That's bad," said Commissioner Dean L. Minnich. "Some people's children are going to have a `boy howdy' day when this goes into effect."

Adelphia's digital customers across the mid-Atlantic will receive the new programming, said county Chief of Staff Steven D. Powell, reading from a letter sent by Adelphia. Although Adelphia officials did not respond to calls seeking comment yesterday, Powell said they had promised to send letters to all customers who would be affected.

Frazier now supports South Carroll water wells

In her first visit to Carroll as a state liaison with local governments, Robin Bartlett Frazier said yesterday she would help the county secure approvals to build wells in South Carroll, a project she opposed as commissioner.

A series of six wells would be built in Sykesville to augment the water supply in South Carroll. The county also asked for Frazier's support for its efforts to build a larger water pipeline through Springfield Hospital Center property - an improvement that would increase water pressure and improve fire protection.

"I am your conduit back to the governor," Frazier, who lost her bid for re-election in the Republican primary, said in a meeting with the county commissioners and their staff.

Frazier, who began working two weeks ago as second in command at the state Office of Intergovernmental Relations, said she intends to visit all of Maryland's counties and towns.

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