Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

February 13, 2005

Campbell appointed administrator of Public Safety Office

The Carroll County commissioners have appointed Scott Campbell administrator of the Office of Public Safety, Support Services. Campbell has been acting administrator for the past six months, after the retirement of Howard S. "Buddy" Redman.

As administrator, Campbell oversees the Emergency Communications Center as well as the Emergency Management and Fire Protection Engineering functions of the county government.

"I am extremely appreciative of the opportunity," Campbell said. "We in Carroll County are blessed with a top-notch Fire/Rescue/EMS service and with respected, professional law-enforcement agencies. I look forward to further strengthening the county's relationship with all our public safety providers."

Commissioner Perry L. Jones Jr., a longtime fire and rescue volunteer, said, "I think, with his background and experience, we have a great person. He's been doing the job and doing it well."

Campbell, 45, has been employed by Carroll County government since May 1982. He previously was county fire protection engineer and assistant administrator.

Campbell has a bachelor of science degree in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and has been involved in volunteer fire and rescue service for 29 years.

Bay foundation to hold forum on 2005 priorities

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation will hold legislative forums around the state to provide information on its 2005 environmental priorities.

A forum will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Eldersburg branch library, 6400 W. Hemlock Drive, across from Carrolltown Center.

Participants will learn about key environmental legislation that is before the General Assembly this session.

Issues include restoring funding for the state's premier land conservation programs, reducing air pollution from coal-fired power plants and cars, and the non-native oyster controversy.

Citizens also will learn how they can get involved in the legislative process and help move bills that have been introduced.

The forum is open to the public.

Information: 410-374-1197 or 410-268-8816.

Officials to attend demo of emergency equipment

Carroll County Office of Public Safety officials will go to Baltimore tomorrow for a demonstration of the new enhanced Central Maryland Area Radio Communications system.

The demonstration, which will include a display of fire and emergency services equipment from Baltimore metropolitan jurisdictions, will be held at 1:45 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium.

The system provides communications among emergency providers, especially during major incidents in which more than one jurisdiction responds, such as Tropical Storm Isabel, the Howard Street tunnel fire and the Interstate 95 tanker fire.

Mike Valentine, Carroll's technical assistant for emergency services, said the system, which includes a Carroll communications tower, is a national system of conventional, nontrunk, 800- megahertz channels that anyone responding to an incident can access.

Scott Campbell, director of the Office of Public Safety, said Carroll was putting together a contingent of fire equipment to attend the demonstration, as well as officials from the office.

Annual economic outlook seminar slated March 2

The Carroll County Department of Economic Development will hold its fourth annual economic outlook seminar March 2 at the Best Western Catering & Conference Center in Westminster.

The seminar will include a buffet breakfast at 8 a.m. A presentation will be held from about 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., with a brief question-and-answer period afterward.

The keynote speaker will be Anirban Basu, chairman and chief executive officer of Sage Policy Group Inc. A noted regional economist and lecturer, Basu will provide an outlook for local, regional and national economic growth for the year ahead.

The cost for the seminar is $15 per person. Registration deadline is Feb. 25.

Information: 410-386-2070.

Tax-preparation assistance offered by McDaniel group

McDaniel College will offer tax-preparation assistance through the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

McDaniel students, alumni and staff volunteer to help Susan Milstein, professor of business administration and program leader, in the computer lab on the lower level of Lewis Hall.

Student volunteers are trained, and their work is reviewed by alumni and staff.

Hours for VITA help are: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 15 and 22, March 1, 8, 22 and 29 and April 5; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 17 and 24, and March 3, 10, 24 and 31; and noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 19 and 26, March 5 and 26, and April 2.

The program is open to people with low to moderate incomes, as well as non-English-speaking residents, senior citizens, those with disabilities and students.

Although eligibility depends on individual circumstances, income limits are generally $25,000 a year for singles and $40,000 for couples.

To schedule an appointment, call Kyle Marotta at 410-871- 3344.

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