Carroll Digest


February 13, 2003

Injured state trooper slated to be released from hospital today

A state trooper was expected to be released today from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated for a broken leg suffered when he was struck by a pickup truck near Mount Airy while helping a motorist during Tuesday evening's snowfall, police said.

Cpl. Robert Martin McAfee, 33, of the Special Operations Unit at the Westminster barracks, was injured while walking on the southbound shoulder in the 5500 block of Ridge Road (Route 27) near Old Ridge Road, the police said. He had stopped to help a motorist who had run into a guardrail when a northbound 2000 Mazda pickup lost control on the icy road, rotated 180 degrees, crossed the southbound lane and struck the trooper, who was thrown more than 150 feet, police said.

Police at the Westminster barracks reported 23 accidents between 5:45 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Lt. Terry L. Katz, the barracks commander, said the barracks received at least 50 calls an hour that evening.

The barracks reported 15 accident calls during the morning rush hour yesterday, with slick spots reported on Routes 482, 27 and 30, and Route 97, south of Westminster.

Hampstead Town Council to aid school sewer project

The Hampstead Town Council has agreed to donate land to the county needed for a $17 million upgrade to the sewer system at North Carroll Middle School, just outside town borders.

Mayor Christopher Nevin informally offered the land to the Carroll commissioners in December as compensation for the county transferring control of the old Hampstead Elementary School to the town. Town officials plan to convert the abandoned school into a senior housing center. Both Hampstead and Carroll leaders described the deal as a step toward peaceful relations between the town and county governments, which feuded often under the previous commissioners.

"We've always been supportive of the renovations to the middle school," said Nevin after the vote Tuesday night. "We're happy to help."

Growth task force meets, forms 3 subcommittees

Carroll's new growth task force established yesterday three subcommittees to determine whether the county's schools, public works and emergency services are adequate to handle growth.

Meeting for the first time, task force members said compiling information on present and future development is a necessary step in planning. The county commissioners recently approved the creation of a position in the planning department to create such a pool of information.

The task force -- which includes county and town officials, business leaders and representatives from education and emergency services -- is to recommend to the commissioners ways to meet the demands that growth makes on infrastructure.

In yesterday's initial meeting, the task force also asked county planners to draft a proposal that would place time limits on old subdivision plans and called for a thorough review of the county's concurrency management ordinance, enacted four years ago to ensure county services keep pace with growth.

The group will reconvene March 12. Its agenda and any reports submitted in the meantime will be posted on the county's Web site,

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