Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

March 31, 2004

Commissioners OK bonds to help company expand

The Carroll County commissioners authorized yesterday $10 million in industrial revenue bonds to help Shelter Systems Limited acquire land and expand its company.

The bonds will help Shelter Systems, a manufacturer of floor and roof trusses, buy 25 acres at Meadow Branch Industrial Park in Westminster. The company plans to construct a 130,000-square-foot building on the property.

Federal revenue bonds provide the funding, and the county serves as a conduit for the funds. Shelter Systems will be responsible for repayment, and the county incurs no financial obligation.

Jack Lyburn, director of the county Department of Economic Development, told the commissioners that Shelter Systems will start acquiring the land immediately.

Grant request for program on youth violence OK'd

The county commissioners approved yesterday an application for a grant to continue the third year of a five-year program to address youth violence.

The Carroll County Local Management Board is requesting $157,590 from the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, which administers several federal and state grants. The Carroll County Youth Service Bureau will provide $3,000 from its budget, for a total grant of $160,590.

The Local Management Board has developed a program targeting at-risk elementary and middle school pupils. With the grant, the program will assess more than 50 youths who have made serious threats of violence and 20 children who have committed violent acts.

The program, administered by the Youth Service Bureau, also will provide therapy and family-based counseling for more than two dozen youths who were assessed previously.

Purchase of dump truck, playground gear approved

The county commissioners approved yesterday the purchase of a dump truck and playground equipment for a local park.

A $104,928.41 bid was accepted from Bare Truck Center Inc. in Westminster for a new single-axle dump truck for the county's vehicle fleet. It will replace a 1988 dump truck used by roads operations.

Bosco Associates Inc. of Alexandria, Va., submitted the winning bid of $24,985 to provide playground equipment for Piney Run Park. The cost includes installation.

Changes to be weighed for environmental rules

The county commissioners are scheduled to discuss tomorrow proposed changes to ordinances pertaining to environmental requirements for new development.

Yesterday, Jim Slater, the county's deputy director of environment and resource protection, and Tom Devilbiss, chief of the Bureau of Resource Management, made recommendations on the proposed changes, based on public comments and suggestions received by the county.

The proposals pertain to forest conservation; floodplain management; storm water management; grading, erosion and sediment control; water resource management' and management of storm sewer systems.

Steven C. Horn, the county planning director, told the commissioners that he would like more time to review a proposal for landscape enhancement.

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