Carroll Digest


March 03, 2004

Hearing set tonight on new zoning class for business parks

A public hearing on a proposal to establish a new zoning classification to encourage the development of business parks is scheduled for 7 p.m. today in Room 003 of the Carroll County Office Building in Westminster.

Through an "employment campus zoning district," the county could designate parcels for use as business parks as part of its periodic reviews of zoning throughout the county.

For the past decade, the county has been trying to devise strategies to attract businesses and light manufacturing companies that would increase its current industrial tax base of 12 percent and offer better-paying jobs to Carroll residents.

The employment campus zone class would apply to parcels of at least 50 acres that meet criteria such as having adequate road access and water and sewer capacities.

Commissioners approve $4 million for road work

The Carroll County commissioners approved yesterday two contracts worth nearly $4 million to make improvements to county roads.

A $2.4 million contract, awarded to Valley Quarries of Chambersburg, Pa., involves overlaying 10 secondary county roads with hot-mix asphalt.

The second contract, awarded to C.J. Miller Inc. of Hampstead, is for pavement improvements on 40 subdivision roads throughout the county. That contract is worth $1.5 million.

Interfaith housing group announces change in name

The board of trustees of Interfaith Housing of Western Maryland has announced a name change for the nonprofit corporation.

Effective Monday, the new name became Interfaith Housing Alliance Inc.

"The name was selected because it is consistent with the organization's 14-year tradition of community partnerships and collaboration," said Craig Russell, board chairman.

James Upchurch, Interfaith president, noted the organization's partnerships, or alliances, through the years with churches, the public and private sectors, and the community at large.

Interfaith Housing has developed 39 major projects in four Maryland counties, including Carroll, providing affordable housing to low-income families.

Information: 301-662-4225.

Liberty High to hold its 1st multicultural day

Liberty High School will hold its first Multicultural Day for students and staff at 1 p.m. tomorrow. The day will feature an assembly, and activities and information about 29 countries.

The assembly will feature an African-American minister and a rabbi talking about the experience of being a minority in Carroll County.

Each students will visit a station to learn about a country and play games that originated there. Many foreign embassies sent information about their countries for the event.

The event is sponsored by the Student Government Association and Multicultural Club. An ethnic dinner will be held afterward for those who helped plan the day.

Information: 410-751-3560.

Red Cross Testimonial Day to include two from county

Two Westminster residents will participate in the American Red Cross Testimonial Day on Friday in Baltimore.

Testimonial Day is held for people who have been helped by the Red Cross, as well as those who have been on the front lines of providing disaster relief.

Cyndi Walcott is a Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteer who has responded to nearly 40 house fires in the Central Maryland area. Last fall, she managed a Red Cross disaster relief shelter at Stemmers Run in Baltimore County for more than 400 people who were evacuated from their homes because of Tropical Storm Isabel.

Ruth A. Vogel contacted the Red Cross after she learned that her son, serving in the Army National Guard overseas, was injured when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the truck he was in. The Red Cross helped Vogel find her son and got her to Germany to be with him. She returned with her son to the United States where he underwent surgery.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. at Red Cross headquarters, 4700 Mount Hope Drive.

Information: 410-764-5008.

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