Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

November 14, 2003

Commissioners seek further details on proposed dog park

After hearing a proposal to create Carroll County's first dog park, the county commissioners said yesterday that they would like more information on liability concerns and long-term maintenance costs associated with the park before giving final approval to the plan.

The county Department of Recreation and Parks presented a proposal to set aside land at the 7-acre Westminster Community Pond for dogs to run unleashed. The 2-acre dog park would consist of a fenced-in area with two sections, one for small dogs and another for larger dogs.

Steven D. Powell, the commissioners' chief of staff, said possible insurance and long-term maintenance costs would have to be specified and discussed before the commissioners can act on the proposal. "Conceptually, it seems the board is in favor" of a dog park, Powell said.

Meanwhile, the commissioners approved eight recreation projects that would be funded through the county's "self-help" program budget, which funds small recreation projects with the help of private donations. The dog park, if approved, would be funded through the same program.

Long-term care ombudsman receives 522 complaints

For the 12 months ending Sept. 30, Carroll County's Long Term Care Ombudsman Program received 522 complaints from residents living in nursing and assisted-living homes in the county, the program coordinator told the county commissioners yesterday.

Carol Purkins said all but 20 complaints were resolved by the two ombudsmen and nine volunteers who run the program, which began in the 1980s.

The program - which serves 1,625 residents in nine nursing homes and about 40 assisted-living facilities in Carroll County - tries to upholds the rights of long-term care residents and also provides education and information. In the previous year, the program handled more than 700 complaints, which was a twofold increase from the year before, Purkins said.

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