Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

October 28, 2004

Preview of touch-screen voting system offered

TownMall of Westminster will conduct a demonstration of Maryland's new electronic voting system from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in front of Steve & Barry's University Sportswear.

Representatives from the Carroll County Board of Elections will illustrate how to use the new AccuVote touch-screen voting system.

The demonstration is being held to help voters get accustomed to the system and to increase the public's confidence in the election process.

The educational seminars are designed to help improve the speed, accuracy and security of Election Day activities.

Visitors can try the electronic machines and receive a wallet-size "voter-reward/instruction" card.

Information: 410-857-0300.

EPA fines fuel company over storage tank leaks

Carroll Independent Fuel Co. of Baltimore has agreed to pay $101,894 in fines under an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to take action to detect and prevent fuel leaks from underground storage tanks at eight of its gas stations, EPA officials said.

The company's gas stations include Eldersburg Mobil on Liberty Road, and others in Annapolis, Baltimore, Bel Air, Jarrettsville, Linthicum and Towson.

This is the third time since last year that Carroll Independent Fuel has been fined for similar violations in the state, environmental officials said.

County gets high marks for Section 8 management

The Carroll County Bureau of Housing has received a high performance rating for the Section Eight Management Assessment Program for the second consecutive year.

The bureau received a letter from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that said the county bureau got a score of 96, marking it as a high-performing agency.

The purpose of the assessment program is to measure public housing authority management performance in 14 key areas of the Section 8 tenant-based assistance program.

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