Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

August 29, 2004

Public meeting on county's fiscal health is postponed

The Carroll County Departments of Management and Budget and the comptroller have postponed a public meeting on the fiscal health of the county that was scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the county office building.

The meeting, when rescheduled, will be an informational session to give residents a better understanding of the county's fiscal plans and management practices.

The county office building is at 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

Information: Ted Zaleski, director of management and budget, 410-386-2082; or Eugene Curfman, comptroller, 410-386- 2085.

Northern Landfill resumes normal hours

The Carroll County Department of Public Works has announced that Northern Landfill will resume normal operating hours Wednesday.

Normal hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 410-386-4550.

Republican women to meet in Westminster

The Republican Women's Club of Carroll County will meet Sept. 7 at Bullock's Family Restaurant, 2020 Sykesville Road, Westminster.

Pat Matsko, director of the Carroll County Board of Elections, will discuss the duties of her office. Michelle Jefferson will give a report on the Republican National Convention.

Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 7 p.m.

Information: 410-876-7094.

United Way plans annual Day of Caring

The United Way Community Partnership of Carroll County is seeking volunteers for its annual Day of Caring on Sept. 10.

Businesses are invited to recruit employees to work on projects for community health and human service agencies. Projects include painting, cleaning, landscaping, reading to children, and sorting donations of clothing.

The Day of Caring will coincide with the start of the annual United Way Campaign. Participants will have breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the Carroll County Family YMCA then report to their project sites.

Volunteers usually work on agency projects from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., but people who can donate only a few hours are welcome to participate.

Companies should form a team, designate a team coordinator and register with the United Way Partnership of Carroll County.

Information: 410-840-2837.

Sheriff's Department praises TIPS Hotline

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office has announced that "Carroll's Most Wanted" program has been successful in fighting crime and getting wanted criminals off the street, partly because of the toll-free anonymous TIPS Hotline.

Through the TIPS Hotline at 888-399-TIPS (8477), residents can provide anonymous information about criminal activity in their communities. Callers can remain anonymous or ask for a law enforcement officer to return their call. Information is forwarded to the proper agency for investigation.

When calling the line, residents can leave a recorded message and will be advised to call 911 if they need immediate help.

Residents also can call the Sheriff's Office and speak to a deputy at 410-386-2900 or 888- 302-8924.

Community foundation launches Web site

The Community Foundation of Carroll County Inc. has launched a Web site, www. carrollcommunityfoundation. org.

The site features information, adviser resources, fund overviews, scholarship information, current news and relevant links. The tool bar allows users to move between pages, contact the foundation or make an online donation request.

In coming weeks, additions will be made to include scholarship applications, more detailed fund information and photos.

Information: 410-876-5505.

Residents urged to keep yard waste out of trash

Carroll County reminds residents that yard trimmings are banned from being mixed with household waste for disposal.

Residential yard trimmings are accepted, loose or in clear bags, at no charge at Northern Landfill from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Businesses are charged $15 a ton for yard trimmings.

Acceptable yard trimmings include grass, leaves, and shrub and tree trimmings up to 8 feet long and 4 inches in diameter. Accepted materials are mulched or composted and made available to county residents at no charge.

Mulch is available all year at Northern Landfill, Hoods Mill Landfill and Freedom Park. Free compost is available at the two landfills. Residents should be prepared to load it themselves.

Residents should note that mulch is a natural wood product and may contain allergens. Proper clothing should be worn when handling mulch, which is not recommended for use around shallow-rooted plants or in flower or vegetable gardens.

Information: 410-386-4550 or 410-386-2633.

Reimbursement offered for aluminum cans

The Carroll County Recycling Center at Northern Landfill offers reimbursements for aluminum cans from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 410-386-4556.

The Recycling Center also accepts all glass food and beverage containers (any color), plastic bottles Nos. 1 through 7, aluminum and bimetal cans, mixed paper, books, telephone books, paper bags, junk mail and envelopes, nonmetallic wrapping paper, cardboard and paperboard boxes, car and truck batteries and textiles.

All food and beverage containers must be rinsed and lids removed and discarded.

The recycling center drop-off site is available from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-386-2633.

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