Carroll Digest


May 19, 2004

Mount Airy council leaves 2 panel head choices for June vote

The Mount Airy Town Council will have to wait until its June meeting to decide which members will oversee two commissions, in the wake of this month's election of three council members.

Incumbent Councilmen David W. Pyatt and Peter Ramsey Helt were re-elected May 3, while the top vote-getter was Wendi Peters, a six-year veteran of the planning commission and daughter of Councilman William E. Wagner Jr., who decided to step down after serving four terms. The three were sworn in Monday night.

Among their duties, the five council members oversee the town's nine committees and commissions, with Mayor James S. Holt recommending the appointments. The council voted Monday night on each appointment, unanimously approving seven but rejecting two by 3-2 votes: Peters for the sanitation and recycling commission, and Helt for the planning commission, said Town Clerk B.J. Dixon.

Council President John P. Medve, Secretary Christopher P. DeColli and Peters voted down these two recommendations, saying they preferred that Peters oversee the planning commission, based upon her years of service on it, Medve said.

The appointments approved were: DeColli for the revitalization committee and the streets and roads commission; Pyatt for the beautification and the parks and recreation commissions; Medve as water and sewer coordinator, and head of the economic development commission; and Peters as the zoning administrator. The mayor will make new recommendations in June, Dixon said.

At an emergency meeting last month, the council abolished a longstanding practice of paying council members for filling these posts - giving up payments they had not yet received ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 a year - after determining that the 45-year-old practice might be illegal.

Arthritis Walk planned Sunday at Farm Museum

The Carroll County Farm Museum will play host to the National Arthritis Walk, sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation on Sunday.

The Arthritis Foundation is encouraging people to get involved in fighting the disease, which affects 70 million Americans of all ages.

Walkers may sign up individually or recruit a team of five or more.

Individual registration and team sign-in will begin at 11 a.m. The walk will start at noon. The adult registration fee is $30. Fund raising through pledges is encouraged.

Children age 11 and younger may participate for free. Food, health information and Farm Museum activities will be available after the walk. The Farm Museum will be open from noon to 5 p.m. and admission is free for participants.

Information and registration forms: 410-654-6570, Ext. 237, or online at

Forum on animal disposal scheduled for next week

Dairy and livestock producers and industry professionals interested in learning about euthanasia and the proper disposal of dead animals through composting can attend a program from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center, 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville.

Because of heightened public health concerns about bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) new regulations have been imposed on dairy and livestock producers for disposing of dead animals.

Until recently, disposal of dead animals was limited to burial at the farm, landfill disposal and renderer pickup. But renderer pickups are disappearing as a disposal alternative, landfills might not accept carcasses, and burial is a potential source of surface and ground water contamination, officials said.

The program will include a lecture and demonstrations by specialists in the field.

Registration deadline is Friday. Information: Washington County Extension Office, 301- 791-1304.

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