Carroll Digest


May 12, 2004

Common Council of Westminster approves budget

The Westminster Common Council has approved a $28.6 million budget for the 2005 fiscal year that includes no increase in the property tax or other fees.

The spending plan approved Monday night initially called for an annual $65 fee for residential trash collection, but city officials decided against it after debate.

The budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 calls for the city to borrow $1.5 million and includes cuts to several programs to make up for $300,000 in revenue the trash fee would have generated. The city also dipped into its reserves for equipment and vehicles, and found previously uncollected sources of money.

Westminster commissions announce appointments

Several new appointments and re-appointments to Westminster's commissions were approved by the Common Council on Monday night.

Susan Thomas was reappointed to a three-year term on the Historic District Commission; Lori Graham was appointed to a five-year term on the Planning and Zoning Commission; Jay Bogash was reappointed to a three-year term on the Tree Commission; Gary Beard, Vinnie Legge and Ed Cramer to the Board of Zoning Appeals; and Robin Kable as an alternate member to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Health Department fliers to help combat mosquitoes

The Carroll County Health Department will soon distribute fliers on tips to guard against mosquitoes as the West Nile virus season approaches.

Ed Singer, director of the county Health Department's environmental health division, told the commissioners yesterday that it is focusing on education and outreach.

The fliers will be distributed throughout the county and to the county's eight municipalities, and will include suggestions for eliminating mosquito breeding grounds and protecting oneself from the insects.

The county and several towns have signed up for the Maryland Department of Agriculture's mosquito surveillance program, which could include trapping adult mosquitoes or spraying, Singer said.

The county recorded one West Nile-related death last year. The virus is carried by birds and is transmitted by mosquitoes to horses and people.

Bid approved for paving in 10 county subdivisions

The Carroll County commissioners approved a bid yesterday worth $831,649.80 for pavement improvements on 10 county subdivision roads.

Roads identified for pavement work include those at Valley Hill Farms, Village Green Estates and Virginia Dare.

The bid went to C.J. Miller of Hampstead.

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