Carroll Digest


January 22, 2004

Day 2 of blood drive by county being held today in Westminster

The Carroll County government has scheduled the second day of its winter blood drive for 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the county maintenance center, 1250 Meadow Branch Road in Westminster.

The drive, in response to the Red Cross' critical appeal for blood, began yesterday at the County Office Building. About 50 people responded, many of them county employees and their spouses. Several residents walked in and donated.

Four phlebotomists are working during the drive, and donors should not have to wait long, organizers said. Walk-ins are welcome to donate, and appointments are not required. Donors screened for health issues can expect to be at the site about an hour.

The Red Cross asks that donors be in good health, at least age 17 and weigh no less than 110 pounds. Donors also should not have received a tattoo within the previous year and should not have donated blood within the previous 56 days.

The county typically draws about 80 people during the two-day drive, said Bill Bates, bureau chief of the county's benefits administration.

"We have done this for years and years and always have a decent response," he said.

Information: 410-386-2129.

Business-district expansion discussed in Westminster

Westminster city officials held a public hearing last night to discuss a proposal to expand the city's business district west along Pennsylvania Avenue into a primarily residential area.

The Common Council is likely to introduce the proposal in mid-February, said council President Damian L. Halstad. In November, the city's planning and zoning commission gave the proposal an unfavorable review.

The proposed zoning amendment would allow the establishment of light business, such as coffeehouses and art galleries, from West Main Street to Sullivan Avenue.

Several residents have expressed concerns over traffic and parking since the proposal was suggested in September as one of several recommendations from a task force studying Pennsylvania Avenue.

To rehabilitate the troubled neighborhood, the task force issued 21 recommendations, including calls for increased police patrols in the area and financial incentives for homeownership.

New Windsor panel chief finds, fixes water-pipe leak

A leak in New Windsor's water system has been found and plugged, according to the town plumber, who attributed the leak to normal wear, not the unusually cold weather.

Councilman Edwin W. Palsgrove asked residents at a meeting Jan. 7 to call if they saw water standing or flowing anywhere.

The system showed an unusual increase of 50,000 gallons more than normal use for this time of the year, he said.

No one called town hall, but Jack Coe, planning commission chairman and a self-employed plumbing contractor, said he saw water "going underground" at a lagoon area and plugged the hole last week.

The leak occurred where cast iron pipe changed to copper, he said, a common occurrence attributable to wear and tear.

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