Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

January 28, 2004

County crews repair S. Carroll water main

Carroll County utility crews have repaired a water main break that disrupted service to about 30 homes in South Carroll Monday.

The 6-inch pipe cracked and leaked in Strawbridge Estates, a subdivision along Route 32, north of Liberty Road. "We were lucky that the water was leaking right where the pipe had broken," said Tom Kirk, director of the county Bureau of Utilities. "Sometime we spend hours looking for the leak."

Repair work began about 11 a.m. and was completed about 4 p.m. Residents were without water for several hours, but crews were able to minimize the number of homes affected by shutting off another valve, Kirk said. Crews resealed the pipe, which was probably damaged by the cold, and then wrapped it in a protective sleeve, he said.

The county had no breaks last year, and this is the first leak this winter. Freezing and shifting in the ground is the most frequent cause of water main breaks, Kirk said.

Commissioners approve courthouse roof-repair bid

The Carroll County commissioners approved yesterday a $42,143 bid to replace roofs on two wings of the old county courthouse on Court Street in Westminster.

The bid, which was the lowest among seven others, went to Cole Roofing in Baltimore. The project is scheduled to begin in early spring, said Michael Whitson, chief of county's Bureau of Facilities.

County attorney proposes `cleanup' of ordinances

The Carroll County attorney is asking to remove three chapters from the county's Code of Public Local Laws and Ordinances.

Two of the chapters spell out bylaws for the Carroll County Farm Museum board and the Local Management Board.

County Attorney Kim Millender said the two groups have to undergo a lengthy process to make changes to their bylaws, and the bylaws would still be in effect without their being included in the county's ordinances.

"This is what I call my annual code cleanup bill," Millender said.

The third repeal request pertains to an outdated resolution for Carroll County to participate in the Local Government Insurance Trust.

The county commissioners voted yesterday to schedule a public hearing on the proposals.

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