Carroll Digest


April 30, 2004

County continues work on proposal for flood plains

The Carroll County commissioners directed staff yesterday to continue working on a proposal to create a comprehensive flood-plain management program to more efficiently meet requirements under the federal National Flood Insurance Program.

In February, county planners went before the commissioners with recommendations to improve the management of flood plains, including adopting a law outlining standards and hiring a specialist to oversee federal and state requirements.

Recently, the commissioners adopted a flood-plain ordinance, which replaced regulations listed in the county's building codes.

The federal program is the only source of flood insurance for the vast majority of the nation's homeowners. Homeowners can buy flood insurance if their community participates in the federal government's program.

The federal government requires that homeowners buy flood insurance if they obtain a mortgage through a federally regulated or insured lender, and if the home is in a flood hazard area.

The proposal also includes creating a fee system for reviewing flood-plain management plans as part of the development process. Revenue generated from the fee would pay for the salary of the specialist, said Jim Slater, deputy director of the county's environmental resource protection programs.

County planners will return to the commissioners for approval of the plan.

Sheriff's Office to buy two new vehicles for 2005

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office will be getting two new vehicles next fiscal year as part of a purchasing program with the state.

The county commissioners approved a plan yesterday to buy two Ford Crown Victoria Interceptors with specific vehicle options, including cruise control, traction control and heated mirrors, at a cost of $40,546.

In February, the commissioners approved the purchase of 10 new Interceptors and two other vehicles for the Sheriff's Office under a similar plan.

This plan allows the county to piggyback on the state's contract to buy police vehicles. The county will buy the cars after July 1 when the new fiscal year begins.

Soft drink vendor OK'd for county sports complex

The Carroll County commissioners yesterday approved a bid for soft drink products at the Carroll County Sports Complex.

The yearly contract of $5,028 goes to the lowest bidder - Mid Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Inc., the current vendor at the 76-acre sports facility.

The contract can be extended for another four years, or the county can request bid proposals on an annual basis, officials from the county Bureau of Purchasing said.

Pepsi Bottling Group was the other bidder, submitting a bid of $5,227.50.

Recycling office selling yard composter at discount

The Carroll County Recycling Office is encouraging residents to recycle yard and some home waste by offering a sale of the Earth Machine, a backyard home composter.

The Earth Machine is being sold by Norseman Plastics from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at two locations: Lowe's parking lot at 777 Market St., Westminster; and the parking lot at the former F&M Bank at Main Street and Prospect Road, Mount Airy.

The machines normally cost $80 but will be sold tomorrow for $35 plus tax (cash or checks only).

Homeowners can use the Earth Machine to compost such kitchen waste as fruit and vegetable scraps, crushed eggshells, tea bags, coffee grounds and filters, as well as leaves and grass from their yards to create a rich humus for lawns and gardens.

The unit features a round design that controls moisture, heat and ventilation.

Information: 410-386-2633.

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