Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

May 23, 2004

Haines organizes meeting on status of Hampstead bypass

State Sen. Larry E. Haines, leader of the Carroll County legislative delegation, has organized a meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday with the State Highway Administration to discuss the proposed $48 million Hampstead bypass.

State, county and town officials will attend the session at Hampstead Town Hall, 1034 S. Carroll St.

Haines has requested a briefing from the Maryland Department of Transportation on the status of the long-planned, six-mile route that would relieve traffic on Hampstead's Main Street.

"I want a date when we will get funding and when we can advertise for construction," Haines said.

The bypass is a priority for one of the region's fastest-growing counties, state officials have said.

Second electricity co-op plans information sessions

A second electricity purchasing group has been organized for businesses in Carroll County as Maryland moves closer to energy deregulation.

The Taneytown Chamber of Commerce has joined with the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce in an effort to get the lowest energy prices through collective buying for businesses served by Allegheny Power.

State legislators approved deregulation in 1999 to open the industry to competitive pricing.

Rate limits that were set to ease the transition will expire June 30 for commercial customers served by Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. The limits are to be lifted in January for Allegheny Power commercial customers.

This month, an electricity cooperative organized by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce for BGE commercial customers was unsuccessful in securing reasonable energy prices because of a highly volatile market. The group is expected to solicit bids again in the fall.

Members of the new cooperative are invited to information sessions at 7 p.m. June 21 at the Hesson-Snider American Legion post on Roberts Mill Road and Broad Street in Taneytown and at 3 p.m. June 25 at Taneytown Senior Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road.

The location of a third meeting, scheduled for June 18 in Westminster, has not been determined.

Registration for information sessions: 410-848-9050.

County schedules work on roads throughout area

The Carroll County Department of Public Works has announced road projects for this week.

For information on the projects below, call the Carroll County Bureau of Roads Operations at 410-386-6717.

The following roads are scheduled for microsurface treatment, weather permitting. Each site will require two days of work to complete and will cause minor inconveniences.

Benson Mill Court from Benson Road to the cul-de-sac; Dennings Road from Route 407 to Route 27; Yona Court from Windermere Way to the cul-de-sac; Caves Court from Victor Drive to the cul-de-sac; Dunes Court from Harbor Court to the cul-de-sac; Gleneagle Court from Hiltonhead Way to the cul-de-sac; Harbor Court from Victor Drive to the cul-de-sac; Hiltonhead Way from Bartholow Road to Harbor Court; Pebble Court from Hiltonhead Way to the cul-de-sac; Victor Drive from Johnsville Road to the cul-de-sac.

Old New Windsor Road from Route 31 to the New Windsor town line will be patched.

For information on the following projects, call the Carroll County Bureau of Engineering at 410-386-2171:

Inlet repair: Aspen Run subdivision, all streets.

Shoulder work: Beggs Road from Sullivan Road to Fridinger Mill Road; McKinstrys Mill Road from Route 75 to Sams Creek Road.

Pipe replacing at the 1.9 mile marker from Carrollton Road: Lees Mill Road between Carrollton Road and the Baltimore County line.

Closed for reconstruction (local traffic only): Obrecht Road from White Rock Road to Route 97.

Development Manual available for review

The Carroll County Department of Planning has made available the Development Manual for the newly adopted Chapter 103 of the Code of Public Local Laws and Ordinances, Development and Subdivision of Land.

The proposed Development Manual provides guidance and details to assist in the compliance of Chapter 103.

Copies of the manual may be obtained during business hours from the Bureau of Development Review, Room 201, 225 N. Center St., Westminster, and on the Internet at http://ccgov.carr. org/dev-rev/devmanual.htm.

Interested parties are encouraged to review the manual and offer comments by 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Written comments may be forwarded to Richard Owings, chief of the Bureau of Development Review, at rowings@ccg.carr. org.

Homeownership Month includes class for buyers

The Carroll County commissioners will open Homeownership Month with a proclamation June 1.

The Carroll County Bureau of Housing and Community Development will hold a free education class for home buyers from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 2 at the Citizen Service Bureau of Housing Office, 10 Distillery Drive, first floor, Westminster.

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