May 11, 2004

Public hearing on county budget planned tonight

A public hearing on Carroll County's proposed $260.7 million budget for fiscal year 2005 is scheduled for 7:30 tonight at Carroll Community College.

The proposed spending plan is 6.5 percent higher than this year's budget of $244.7 million. Most of the $16 million increase would go toward schools funding, round-the-clock ambulance service, the Sheriff's Office and the detention center.

Residents can submit written comments to county budget director Ted Zaleski, 225 N. Center St., Room 315, Westminster; or ntzaleski@ccg.carr.org.

The hearing will be at the Scott Center, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

SHA detours traffic at routes 27 and 140

The State Highway Administration is detouring traffic this week at routes 27 and 140 while structural steel is set on the bridge at the intersection in Westminster.

The detour will affect motorists between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. through Friday, weather permitting. Motorists will encounter narrowed lanes during daytime travel.

Detour signs will be posted before the closures of the ramp from eastbound Route 140 to northbound Route 27 and the ramp from westbound Route 140 to southbound Route 27.

The detour is part of a $13.4 million project to replace the bridges along Route 140 over routes 27 and 97.

Information: 800-635-5119.

Zoning proposal concerns manufacture of mulch

Carroll County's zoning administrator is scheduled to hold a public workshop Thursday on proposed changes to the zoning ordinance that would allow mulch manufacture in the agriculture and industrial-general zones.

The workshop will begin at 6 p.m. in Room 003 of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

Meeting set to discuss schools' administration

Carroll County Superintendent Charles I. Ecker will hold a community meeting about the administrative organization of Parr's Ridge and Mount Airy elementary schools at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The meeting will be held at Mount Airy Elementary School, 405 N. Main St.

Information: 410-751-3020.

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