Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

May 05, 2004

Ruling expected on legal fees county must pay to store

A Carroll County Circuit Court judge is expected to rule this week on whether he will modify the amount of legal costs the county is to pay to an adult-themed store that fought county attempts to shut down the business.

Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. heard arguments yesterday from the county in regards to his written decision last week, ordering the county to pay $19,953.76 to Love Craft outside Hampstead.

About a year ago, Beck ruled that a county law restricting where adult entertainment businesses can operate was unconstitutional after the county tried to close Love Craft.

The legal battle started in December 2002 when the county cited Love Craft for violating a zoning ordinance spelling out where adult-themed stores can operate. After a Carroll County District Court judge granted the county an injunction against the store, Love Craft appealed the decision to Circuit Court.

$41,875 contract approved for detention center study

The Carroll County commissioners approved yesterday a $41,875 consultants contract for the Detention Center Feasibility Study. Rosser International Inc. of Atlanta, the lower of two bidders for the project, will conduct the study, which will develop a 20-year plan for the facility and sheriff's services.

The county had budgeted $50,000 for the research work.

The commissioners also approved $50,163 for the purchase and installation of a water main extension along Pine Knob Road in Eldersburg. Frederick Ward Associates in Columbia will do the work.

Officials consider changes to Swap Shop at landfill

The county commissioners are reviewing proposed policy changes for the popular Swap Shop at Northern Landfill in Westminster. As many as 250 people visit the site on Saturdays, often returning several times to check out what their neighbors are dropping off. The resulting traffic aggravates congestion along Route 140.

The waste exchange program that began eight years ago enables residents to discard or remove reusable products that would ordinarily be relegated to the landfill.

A lot of the discarded items never make it to the shop, said Vinnie Legge, county recycling manager. Some residents will return to the shop three or four times a Saturday to see what is newly available.

"This is a really popular program," Legge said. "Sometimes, things just go from one car to another. We clean the shop out once a week, and we really don't have too much stuff to get rid of."

Legge called for restricting shoppers to one 30-minute visit a day.

"We have some people who think they can come for five minutes, six times a day," Legge said.

Legge also wants the authority to reject items such as soiled mattresses, carpets and upholstered furniture. The commissioners said they would review the recommendations as soon as possible.

Groups seek donations for aid to Afghanistan

The Social and Cultural Awareness Academic Community and the student club Diversity Works at Carroll Community College are seeking donations to send as humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

On behalf of 725th Logistical Task Force, 25th Infantry, stationed in Afghanistan, former Carroll student Rob Schoppert wrote home asking for help for the Afghan people with whom his battalion has contact.

The soldiers of LTF 725th in Bagram, Afghanistan, are asking for the following items for an Afghanistan orphanage, local village, and a woman's center and school: Cash, toys, kits, stuffed animals, inexpensive digital watches for all ages, children's shoes and clothing, adult and children's coats, blankets, toiletries, canned goods with self-contained openers, school supplies (no books), and nonperishable foods.

Community members may bring donations to the college at 1601 Washington Road in Westminster until Tuesday.

Those wishing to make a cash donation should make checks out to Carroll Community College and give them to the business office inside the main entrance.

Information: 410-386-8257.

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