Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

April 11, 2003

Commissioners lift water restrictions in South Carroll

The Carroll commissioners lifted drought restrictions yesterday on county water customers in South Carroll.

The restrictions, which had been in place since the summer, prohibited residents from watering outside more than every other day. But with Liberty Reservoir replenished and other surrounding governments lifting watering bans, the restrictions no longer seemed necessary, said Douglas Myers, the county's director of public works.

Myers said county water customers should still conserve water as much as possible given that drought conditions might return this summer.

Budget transfer approved for library renovation

Carroll commissioners approved a $400,000 budget transfer yesterday that will allow renovation of the county's busy Eldersburg library branch to move forward.

The renovation, expected to begin this year, will add 2,500 square feet to the branch, the second-most-used library in the county.

The 20-year-old building was scheduled for a $600,000 renovation two years ago, but the project never went out to bid. The delay, coupled with recently enacted, more-stringent building codes and a few improvements, added the extra $400,000 cost to the project.

"We have the funds to do it, so we may as well do it now," said Commissioner Perry L. Jones Jr.

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