Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

May 26, 2004

Sykesville council OKs motor scooter ordinance

Sykesville officials have approved an ordinance that will require riders of motorized scooters to wear protective gear and observe the rules of the road.

Concerned with the safety of motorists, pedestrians and scooter riders, the Town Council unanimously adopted the ordinance Monday. It will take effect in 20 days.

Riders will be required to wear helmets, obey posted speed limits and observe traffic signals. Violators will face fines of up to $75 and impoundment of their scooters.

Property tax rate to rise by 2.6 cents in Sykesville

The Sykesville Town Council has approved a 2.6-cent increase in the property tax rate. The change is less than the 4-cent increase proposed last month.

"We were able to refinance a loan and we got a better deal than we expected on our health insurance," Town Manager Matthew Candland said.

The increase, approved Monday, will add about $74 to the tax bill of a resident with a $300,000 home. Town residents also pay county property taxes.

The town has not raised its property tax rate in 11 years and is the only municipality in Carroll County to do so this year. The increase will allow the town to maintain services, undertake several road projects and hire a public works director, officials said. The town will soon advertise the new public works position, which will pay from $38,000 to $45,000 annually.

Sheriff's Office to pursue home detention grant

The Carroll County commissioners gave the Sheriff's Office permission yesterday to pursue a grant for a home detention program.

The Sheriff's Office will apply for a $131,410 federal grant to purchase a computer and 25 electronic ankle bracelets in the first year, and another 25 ankle monitors in the second year.

The county would provide $89,544 during the two years to hire two corrections officers. Money for one position is included in next year's budget, said Colleen Baumgartner, a county grants manager.

"The purpose of the program is to reduce the inmate population," said Carroll County Sheriff Kenneth Tregoning.

Training grant to be sought dealing with family abuse

The Carroll County commissioners approved yesterday a request to pursue a grant to provide county agencies training to deal with family violence.

The Local Management Board wants to seek $37,500 through the Byrne Memorial Grant, a U.S. Department of Justice program.

The board would provide an additional $12,500 to offer a conference and additional training sessions for agencies and departments that work with victims of sexual, domestic and family abuse.

County to add parking at North Carroll High

The county commissioners approved yesterday the transfer of $250,000 from the county's school construction general fund for a project to create additional parking at North Carroll High School in Hampstead.

The project includes creating 100 additional parking spaces for staff members and to accommodate rising enrollment.

Barley wins new term on Westminster tree panel

The Westminster Common Council unanimously approved Monday the reappointment of Joseph Barley to the city's tree commission.

Barley will serve another three-year term on the commission.

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