Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

October 17, 2004

All-terrain vehicles draw complaints, possible solutions

After receiving numerous complaints about noise, dust and trespassing stemming from the use of all-terrain vehicles, the Carroll County government is proposing ordinances to tackle the problem.

The first measure would mirror the state's noise regulations, and the ordinance would be enforced after authorities received complaints about potential violations.

The county commissioners are also considering a zoning amendment that would revise the conditional use for commercial race tracks or courses. The amendment would create a conditional use for an established riding area for the private recreational use of all-terrain vehicles on lots in the conservation and agricultural zoning districts.

The commissioners are holding workshops around the county so residents can learn more about the proposals and offer comment. Meetings will be held tomorrow at the Mount Airy Senior Center, 705 Ridge Ave.; Wednesday in the cafeteria of Oklahoma Road Middle School, 6300 Oklahoma Road, Eldersburg; and Oct. 27 at Runnymede Elementary School in Westminster. All meetings are to begin at 7 p.m.

"We are hitting every area of the county and hope to hear lots of comments," said Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge. "The ordinance will be written according to the citizens of the county."

Copies of the draft ordinances are available at the county's library branches or by request.

Information: noise ordinance, 410-386-2756; zoning amendments, 410-386-2980.

Drive being held to help needy get prescriptions

The Shepherd's Staff, an ecumenical ministry based in Westminster, is holding its second "Raise RX Dollars" campaign for "Make a Difference Day" on Saturday.

The campaign will kick off at 9 a.m. at the Shepherd's Staff office with County Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge reading a proclamation for "Make a Difference Day" and recognizing people who have made a difference in the community.

Volunteer Carroll is registering individuals, groups and businesses to hold yard sales that day, with proceeds going to the Shepherd's Staff Prescription Drug Program to help those who cannot afford prescription medications.

Others who wish to help can donate to Shepherd's Staff for its flea market yard sale, or rent a space at the Westminster site for $20.

Participants in "Make a Difference Day" include McDaniel College students who will donate their time and talents to the yard sale.

The Shepherd's Staff is at 30 Carroll St.

Information: 410-857-5944.

Hampstead police officer honored by Lions Club

The Hampstead Lions Club recently named Pfc. Jeffrey Slater as the Hampstead Police Department's 2003 Officer of the Year.

He was nominated by Police Capt. Jay Gribbin, who described Slater as a "quintessential team player" in the eight-member department.

Formerly a Baltimore City police officer, Slater came to Hampstead hoping to be able to make a more direct difference in the lives of residents.

Slater has trained three of Hampstead's newest officers. He also initiated the town's Bike Patrol Program in 2002 and wrote a grant application to help the department purchase two patrol bikes.

Last year, Slater wrote 787 citations and warnings for traffic violations and was instrumental in the department earning its fourth consecutive Chief's Challenge Award.

He also wrote nine search-and-seizure warrants, seven for narcotics and two for identity theft. He has worked with officials from other jurisdictions on cases.

Slater is certified in several areas, including Doppler radar, standard field sobriety testing, and drug detection and identification.

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