Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

January 21, 2004

State, county funds to finance upgrade of airport equipment

Carroll County will match a $16,000 grant from the Maryland Aviation Administration and install a new weather observation system at the regional airport in Westminster.

The outdated equipment needs to be replaced to enhance safety at the facility, said Ted Zaleski, county director of management and budget. The state has made funds available immediately, and the equipment will be installed as soon as possible, he said.

State money also will enable Carroll Area Transit System, a private, nonprofit company that provides rides to the elderly, disabled and needy, to add another bus to its fleet of 32. The $67,550 bus will serve as a shuttle between Westminster and Eldersburg and might run hourly throughout the day.

Annapolis firm to print county election materials

Toucan Business Forms of Annapolis will receive a contract to do the printing for the primary and general election - including ballots and precinct cards - in Carroll County.

The county commissioners approved a contract yesterday that will pay the printing company $27,242 for the work, to be completed before the March primary.

Commissioners to allow senior housing facility

The county commissioners said yesterday that they would allow a $20 million senior housing development, called Westminster Mews, to move forward, with conditions.

The 162-unit complex, proposed for land at Gorsuch Road and Center Street in Westminster, won an exemption yesterday from the county's building freeze and a zoning waiver, as long as the development proceeds with plans for restrictive covenants. Only medical offices will be permitted on a small portion of the property zoned for commercial use.

Westminster officials are reviewing a petition to annex the property and extend water and sewer lines to the site. The zoning waiver could have a favorable effect on that petition, officials said.

Commissioner Dean L. Minnich said he was willing to approve the exemption and waiver as long as the covenants are recorded with all parties involved, including the county Board of Education. "There are all good intentions here, but there is a requirement of more good faith on our part than on any of the others," he said.

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