Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

July 02, 2004

Motions hearing postponed in child-abuse case

A motions hearing for a Westminster man accused of beating his girlfriend's children - and killing one of them - was postponed yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court.

Anthony P. Flakes, 47, of the 100 block of Bond St., appeared without an attorney in front of Judge J. Barry Hughes. Flakes and Assistant State's Attorney Tracy A. Gilmore agreed to postpone the hearing so that it falls on the same day as his trial, which is scheduled for next month.

Flakes is charged with two counts of child abuse and two counts of assault against two young children. He is charged in a separate case with second-degree murder in the killing of the siblings' 14-month-old younger sister in November.

FAA to reimburse county $1.1 million for airport land

The Federal Aviation Administration will reimburse the county $1.1 million, nearly all the costs for 14 acres bought for the Carroll County Regional Airport. The county contributed $33,000 to the transaction.

The county plans to hire a consultant to determine the optimal use for the recently acquired property along Route 97 outside Westminster.

"Logically, we would use this to develop more hangars for smaller planes," said Gary Horst, county director of the Office of Performance Auditing and Special Projects.

Test of pumping station at school called a success

Carroll County officials said they successfully tested the new wastewater pumping station for North Carroll Middle School yesterday. The facility should be on line by July 12.

"It will be up and running well in advance of the school year," said Frank Schaeffer, deputy director of the Department of Public Works.

Bureau to seek grant for new senior center

The county Bureau of Aging will ask the state for $425,624 in grants to help build a new South Carroll Senior Activities Center.

The county commissioners approved the grant application to the Maryland Department of Aging yesterday. The department had awarded $174,376 to renovate the aging 11,000- square-foot building on Bartholow Road that the center has used for about 20 years, but the county decided to save that grant for the new building.

The proposed $3.3 million center would be built on 21 acres on Mineral Hill Road and would serve South Carroll's more than 10,000 residents who are 55 and older. An average of 56 people use the center each day.

Commissioners sign lease on state land in Sykesville

The county commissioners signed a lease yesterday for state-owned land in Sykesville where the county will build a $3.2 million, long-term drug treatment center.

The 24-bed residential center will be built on 7 acres at the southern end of Springfield Hospital Center, a state mental health facility.

County officials negotiated with the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, which share ownership of the property. The lease calls for the county to pay $1 a year.

The Board of Public Works is expected to approve and sign the lease July 21. If the lease comes through, a bid for construction services could go out within three months and the timeline for construction would be 18 months, said Jolene Sullivan, director of county citizen services.

Youth agency seeks help from state to build home

The Carroll County Youth Service Bureau is asking the state for $2.5 million in grants to build a permanent home.

The county commissioners approved a grant application to the state Department of Juvenile Services yesterday.

The county and the agency have agreed on a possible location of the facility on Washington Road across from the new Community Media Center in Westminster, said county Chief of Staff Steven D. Powell.

The agency, which leases space in a small business center on Village Road in Westminster, had received some state money for design work on a new facility. Construction could cost about $5 million.

The Youth Service Bureau provides mental health services for children, adults and families in the county.

County OKs purchase of two dump trucks

The county commissioners approved yesterday the purchase of two new single-axle dump trucks worth $212,204.

The contract went to Bare Truck Center in Westminster.

Hearing scheduled Tuesday on environmental council

The county commissioners will hold a public hearing at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday on a proposal to establish a nine-member Environmental Advisory Council.

The members would be appointed by the commissioners and would represent a cross-section of the community. The council would advise the commissioners on environmental issues and also serve as the County Tree Commission.

The hearing will be held in Room 300A at the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

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