Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

September 16, 2004

Plans for senior center grow to match population

A new South Carroll senior center hasn't been built yet, but it already has grown substantially in anticipation of a growing population of adults older than 60.

The Carroll County commissioners approved a request Tuesday to increase the size of the planned center from 15,000 to 20,000 square feet, raising the cost from about $3.4 million to about $4 million, said Jan Flora, director of the county's Bureau of Aging. The commissioners previously had approved the smaller size.

"Carroll County had the seventh-highest percentage growth of older adults in the last census," Flora told the commissioners. Westminster's center serves about 2,000 people a month, and at 18,000 square feet, already needs more space.

South Carroll also "is growing by leaps and bounds," she said, with about 1,000 people a month using the center in Eldersburg. A new building about four miles away is expected to open in 2007-2008.

"It's going to be a dandy building," Flora said. She and Jolene G. Sullivan, director of Carroll's Department of Citizen Services, also noted that the new center will have a gymnasium suitable for recreational uses - such as meeting requests for older adult basketball and volleyball.

Pa. company secures county propane contract

A Pennsylvania company has been awarded an annual contract to provide all of Carroll County's propane gas at a fixed price after it was the only one to meet the county's terms.

The county commissioners voted Tuesday to award the contract to Shipley Propane LLC, of Hanover, at a fixed rate of $1.2975 per gallon.

The county spends about $35,000 a year on propane. Three contractors have been servicing tanks at places such as the Carroll County Farm Museum, Hashawha and the animal shelter, with prices that have ranged from 97 cents to $2.40 a gallon, according to the commissioners and staff. Shipley also will service the tanks, while the other contractors either did not bid or would not agree to a fixed price or to the service terms.

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