Carroll Digest


September 10, 2004

County to hold 9/11 service today in Westminster

Carroll County will hold its annual memorial service for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at 8:30 a.m. today in front of the county office building on North Center Street.

The brief ceremony, coordinated by the Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association, will feature an address by John Droneburg, director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

FOR THE RECORD - A news brief in Friday's edition listed the wrong name of the trumpet player at Carroll County's Sept. 11 memorial service. The trumpet player was Greg Wantz. The Sun regrets the error.

Those who lead the county's first responders in times of crisis also will be recognized. They include Maj. Thomas Long of the Carroll County Sheriff's Department; Capt. Scott Yinger of the Maryland State Police's Westminster barracks; Carroll County Health Officer Larry Leitch; and Marianne Warehime, president of the emergency services association.

A memorial wreath will be presented by the association's first vice president, Rick Baker, and second vice president, Dick Green. Doug Alexander from the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Department will serve as master of ceremonies.

Scott Wantz of the Carroll County Utilities Department will play the national anthem on trumpet. The Rev. Fred Eckhart will lead the invocation, and Westminster Fire Chief Kevin Utz will lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Information: 410-386-2804.

Sheriff's deputies to share Eldersburg satellite office

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office will allow deputies to work out of a satellite office in Eldersburg, joining a resident state trooper who uses the office, authorities told county commissioners yesterday.

Maj. Thomas Long said state police use an office in the rear of the Eldersburg library branch to do paperwork and conduct interviews. Sheriff's deputies assigned to patrol South Carroll will use the space for similar purposes.

"This will keep them in the patrol area for a longer time and enhance police protection. They won't have to come back here unless they've arrested someone," Long said. The Sheriff Department's main office is in Westminster.

The Eldersburg office has a separate driveway and entrance from the library's and will not be constantly manned. It will be used when necessary, officials said.

South Carroll residents have long expressed interest in seeing a police substation in their area. This office is an interim solution, authorities said.

County to assess available housing stock

Carroll County will assess its available housing stock soon, Jolene G. Sullivan, director of the county's Department of Citizen Services, told commissioners yesterday.

The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $600 a month, she said. Her office serves 543 families under the Section 8 federal housing-assistance program, and with vouchers available for 548, "we're at about 100 percent," she said. Average client income is $11,100 a year.

"The need continues to grow," Sullivan said, adding that 13 percent of the poor, disabled and elderly clients live in South Carroll, where not long ago "there were very, very few."

Steven D. Powell, the commissioners' chief of staff, said there is a need in Carroll for work-force housing -- "a place to live for the new teacher, firefighter, county planner or department store clerk."

With the cost of a home averaging $300,000 in the Baltimore metropolitan area, he said, "you're talking about needing an income of $70,000 to $80,000 to support that mortgage."

Sullivan said the study also will look at the population of workers who need housing.

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