Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

October 15, 2004

State health officials redistribute county's supply of flu vaccine

A severe shortage of flu vaccine has prompted Maryland health officials to redistribute to other areas of Maryland nearly 5,000 doses of flu vaccine bought for Carroll County residents.

At a vaccination clinic Oct. 8, Carroll administered 2,553 of the 7,500 doses it bought. The county has canceled nine other clinics.

The state will ship the remaining doses to Howard, Washington and Allegany counties, which received few or no flu shots. The transfer is expected to take place next week.

800 acres will be added to preservation programs

Carroll County will add more than 800 acres to farm preservation programs next month as several properties go to settlement this month and next.

The county will pay more than $3 million to buy easements on six farms that will safeguard them from development in perpetuity. Five of the farms are near Westminster, and the sixth is near Union Bridge.

"These properties are all at prime locations for development," said Commissioner Perry L. Jones Jr. "It is good to get them now."

Money OK'd to build road for communication tower

County officials, who have budgeted about $900,000 to build the Lineboro Communication Tower, will transfer additional money to keep the long-planned project moving forward.

The commissioners shifted $133,000, money that remains from several other completed projects, to pay for site preparation and build a 2,400-foot-long road to the tower. The state will build the tower once the county prepares the site.

"We are breaking ground on the access road Monday and hope to have it finished by the end of the month," said Scott Campbell, acting director of the Carroll County Office of Public Safety and Support Services.

County to buy monitor used for home detention

The county commissioners authorized yesterday spending $2,600 for a mobile monitor that will enable county sheriff's deputies to drive past locations and make sure those on home detention are where they should be.

The monitor will track prisoners whether they are at home or at an authorized job or treatment session, and the officer will not have to leave his vehicle. Information from the monitor can also be downloaded to maintain compliance records.

"This equipment will ease the process and allow deputies to more quickly verify locations," said Ted Zaleski, the county's director of management and budget. Seven prisoners are on home detention, but the goal is 25 in an effort to reduce jail population, officials said.

As the number of home detainees grows, the equipment will prove invaluable, said Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge. "We will be saving a lot of time for $2,600," she said.

Officials show support for after-school programs

In a show of support for the county's after-school programs, county commissioners issued a proclamation yesterday for the Lights On Afterschool project.

The programs, funded with county and state grants at seven elementary and middle schools, provide students with safe, friendly learning environments.

Two students accompanied Lynda Gainor, coordinator of intervention programs for county schools, to the commissioners' meeting yesterday.

"I like doing my homework and getting it all done," said Anthony Palmerino, 11. "Then, when I go home, I can spend time with my family."

Mariah Miller, 13, said the program has involved her in sports and has helped her accumulate community service hours.

"We want to keep those lights on for all the rest of the kids," Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge said.

Richard Moon to join Hampstead Town Council

A member of the Hampstead Planning and Zoning Commission has been named to fill a vacancy on the Town Council.

Richard Moon was chosen Tuesday night to join the council. He served on the town's Board of Zoning Appeals from June 1998 to May 2001, when he was named to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Moon, 62, of Sugar Maple Street, is a retired sales manager. He will serve out the four-year term of Scott A. Antonelli, who was elected in May last year but said he was moving.

Pet store scheduled to open in Westminster center

A pet store will move into Westminster's Crossroad Square Shopping Center probably by early next year, taking most of the space left when the Pennsylvania Dutch Market lost its lease.

In addition to work for the new tenant, Petsmart Inc., the entire shopping center, at Routes 140 and 97, will get a facelift, said Sean M. Harcourt, project leasing manager for H&R Retail Inc. of Timonium.

The work -- which will include the parking lot, roof, signs and facade -- has not been contracted, he said.

"We're not tearing down any buildings," Harcourt said. "We are getting rid of those '70s cedar shingles."

Work should be completed by the end of January or early February for the pet store, which will take about 23,000 square feet of the 34,400-square-foot area formerly occupied by the market, he said. Several tenants are interested in the remaining space, but none has signed a lease.

The popular Pennsylvania Dutch Market closed May 29, after 11 years. It reopened Sept. 30 in the Ashland Marketplace shopping center, 11121 York Road in Cockeysville.

"The Pennsylvania Dutch Market seems to be thriving, from the looks of the parking lot," Harcourt said of its new location.

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