Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

December 08, 2004

State finds funds to spare county cost of intersection

Carroll County will not have to come up with an extra $1.1 million to build an intersection on Route 32 in Sykesville.

State Highway Administration officials notified the county yesterday that they have found additional money in their budget for the $8 million intersection, which will connect the highway to the Warfield Complex, a planned business and technology park. To keep the project on track, the commissioners had offered to pay the costs up front and seek reimbursement from the state.

"This is good news," said Steven D. Powell, the commissioners' chief of staff.

Construction is expected to begin in the spring.

Deputy state fire marshal graduates from police class

Deputy State Fire Marshal John E. "Jack" Wagner was one of 14 members of Police Entry Level Training Class 11 to graduate Friday.

He was the only fire marshal and the oldest member of the class that graduated from the 21-week program held at Carroll Community College. He earned the Academic Achievement Award for having the highest grade point average in the class. The class was taught under the authority of the Maryland Correctional Training Commissions.

Wagner will continue to study fire investigations, fire origin, cause and criminal investigations. Previously, he was a fire safety inspector with the state fire marshal's office for 2 1/2 years.

Wagner is a member of the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company.

County gives 3 nonprofits $5,134 in tax exemptions

The Carroll County commissioners granted $5,134 in property tax exemptions to three area nonprofit organizations yesterday.

The Taneytown Jaycees Inc., the Roaring Run Lions Club and the Maryland Jaycees Foundation Inc. received exemptions for "properties that the clubs own and operate for the benefit of the citizens," said Robert M. Burk, acting comptroller.

Florida company wins airport fuel contract

The commissioners awarded a fuel contract at the Carroll County Regional Airport yesterday to Avfuel Corp. of Apollo Beach, Fla., the lowest of six bidders on the project.

Plans call for adding two fuel tanks to the airport on Route 97 outside Westminster.

The contract is for one year with the option of four one-year renewals.

The commissioners also approved the purchase of a $225,425 rubber tire asphalt paver from Alban Tractor Co. in Baltimore. The company has offered the county $16,000 for its 20-year-old paver, bringing the cost of the new equipment to $209,425.

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