Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

September 29, 2004

Public invited to watch, discuss presidential debate

Carroll Community College will hold a viewing of the presidential debate and a panel discussion afterward tomorrow in the student center at the 1601 Washington Road campus.

The debate between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry will begin at 9 p.m.

Community members are invited to attend the viewing and discussion and give their views on the candidates and issues.

Information: 410-386-8208.

County meeting areas to be wired for video

The county commissioners will spend about $229,000 to provide video and sound capability in the two main meeting areas of the County Office Building in Westminster, including the commissioners' conference room.

"This is an opportunity for more of the public process to be broadcast and for more people to watch proceedings on their own schedules," said Steven D. Powell, the commissioners' chief of staff. "We can start bringing government to people who can't make the sessions."

For many proceedings, the commissioners leave the record open, allowing the public to call, write or e-mail comments. The technology will allow residents to watch portions of hearings that interest them and then comment.

"This is a good idea, if you can't attend a public hearing," said Commissioner Perry L. Jones Jr. "You can get the information firsthand and get the facts straight."

Plans made to buy trucks, clear brush and trees

The county will purchase two dump trucks from Bare Truck Center in Westminster for $83,585 each and a $30,750 trailer from Vernon E. Stop Co. of Frederick.

The commissioners also awarded a $325,000 contract for trimming brush and trees along county roadways to Miller Tree Service, the lowest of six local bidders. The rainy weather and a shortage of road workers has forced the county to seek the contractor services. Five-member crews will work full time on the job using equipment and materials furnished by the contractor.

"This is a way to accomplish our trimming needs this year, a chunk that would not get done otherwise," said Steven D. Powell, the commissioners' chief of staff. "We will set priorities and take care of the most grievous roads."

Group shipping medicine to storm-ravaged Haiti

Interchurch Medical Assistance Inc., a nonprofit faith-based organization in New Windsor, is shipping emergency medicines valued at nearly $150,000 for relief efforts in Haiti. More than 1,000 residents are reported dead from Tropical Storm Jeanne, with another 900 missing.

The shipment includes 57 medicine boxes, sufficient to treat about 1,000 adults and children for about three months in normal circumstances. The boxes will help restock damaged hospitals and clinics.

Other emergency supplies for this collaborative response, initiated by Church World Service, an IMA member, include more than 8,000 health and hygiene kits that provide for basic daily needs. Church World Service is covering the shipping costs, and Lutheran World Federation will handle local distribution once the shipment arrives in Haiti.

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