Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

February 03, 2005

Problems rectified at water treatment plant

Carroll County's Public Works Department has rectified problems the state identified at the county's Freedom Water Treatment plant in Eldersburg, officials said yesterday.

On a Jan. 21 tour of the plant and its operations, a state inspector found that repair work was needed at an elevated storage tank and pipe. Officials also said the plant superintendent had let his operator's license expire, but the plant's six other operators have current licenses.

The state notified the county by letter, which was received Monday, and crews made the repairs Tuesday.

"They gave us a month to turn the problems around, and we did it all in one day," said Doug Myers, the county director of public works. "Everything they asked, we did. The quality of water has met and will continue to meet every standard."

Myers said the superintendent has applied for temporary certification and will retake the licensing exam March 9.

Taxpayer group offers help with assessments

The Carroll County Taxpayers Association will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave.

Jerry Brunst will be available to help residents who want to challenge the assessments of their properties. Last year, the association helped South Carroll residents who thought their assessments were too high.

This year, the northeast area has been reassessed. Residents who consider their assessments too high should get copies of their files and review them.

Residents wishing to challenge their assessments should call the Department of Assessments and Taxation at 410-857-0600 and request their current computer-assisted mass appraisal worksheet, past computer-assisted mass appraisals, their hand-disposed drawings and any other pertinent information.

All services provided by the taxpayers association are free.

Information: 410-840-9699 or 410-857-1213.

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