Carroll Digest


September 03, 2004

Lyburn to help with projects after ending contract

Jack Lyburn, Carroll County's former economic development director, ended a contractual agreement with the county Tuesday.

While pursuing a commercial real estate business, Lyburn will continue to help the county with certain pending projects on an hourly basis and will report to Steven D. Powell, the commissioners' chief of staff. Until the appointment of a new director, Powell will serve as acting director of the Economic Development Department.

The search is continuing, and the county will accept applications until the post is filled. A panel is narrowing the field of applicants and expects to meet with several candidates through the end of the month, officials said. "At this level, we want to be sure we meet every possible candidate," Powell said.

County announces `Forget-Me-Not Month'

At the request of World War II veteran John M. Corkran of Manchester, the county commissioners proclaimed September "Forget-Me-Not Month" in a ceremony yesterday.

The commissioners read the proclamation and posed for photos with Corkran, 85, who served with the Army's 29th Division during the Normandy invasion.

Money collected through the sale of forget-me-not flowers will benefit disabled veterans in the county. The commissioners urged residents to support the effort.

125 acres in Taneytown slated for preservation

Carroll County, third in the nation for preserving agricultural land from development, will soon add nearly 125 acres in Taneytown to its preservation program.

The commissioners agreed to pay $384,167 to place the property in its Critical Farms Program. "We can't say no to any of these programs," said Ralph Robertson, a county agricultural land preservation specialist.

The commissioners also authorized the transfer of $1.1 million from preservation capital funds to the Rural Legacy program, a state-sponsored preservation effort. The money will pay for permanent easements on several farms that qualify for the program.

Officials OK purchase of land for traffic circle

The county commissioners authorized a payment of $78,200 yesterday to the Church of the Open Door in Westminster for a half-acre parcel of unimproved land needed to build a traffic circle at Gorsuch Road and Center Street.

Because the land was zoned for business, a county appraiser agreed with the asking price. But Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge bristled at the cost. "This is land the church will never use," Gouge said.

Also, Commissioner Dean L. Minnich made an immediate motion to approve a $20,000 option to buy a small easement that will allow construction of the Lineboro Communications Tower to progress. The project will improve emergency communications in northern Carroll County. "I don't want another minute to go by without getting the project done," he said.

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