Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

August 07, 2005

Commissioners plan public meeting in Lineboro

The Carroll County commissioners plan to hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Lineboro to hear from citizens on issues that affect the county.

There is no set agenda. All citizens are welcome to discuss any topic or issue of concern in an informal setting.

The meeting will be held at the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Company, 4224 Main St.

Information: 410-386-2043.

Used government vehicles, equipment to be auctioned

Used Carroll County government vehicles and other equipment will be auctioned off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Wolfe Industrial Auctions Inc., 9801 Hansonville Road, Frederick.

County vehicles to be auctioned include a 1990 Ford Tempo, 1994 Ford Crown Victoria (police), 1994 Chevrolet Caprice, 1997 Dodge Neon, 1988 Ford E250 van, 1986 Ford F250 Utility Body truck and three 1995 Dodge Neons.

Miscellaneous items will include a 2-ton jack, Walker long frame 4-ton jack, eight Chevrolet and Ford pickup truck tailgates, six pickup truck bumpers, three 3/4 shop air guns, and a plow frame for a dump truck.

All items will be sold as-is. For complete terms and conditions of sale, contact Wolfe Auctions at 800-443-9580.

Run/walk to benefit hospice program in Carroll

Carroll Hospice will hold a 5-kilometer and 1-mile run/walk event to benefit its programs at 8 a.m. Aug. 27 at the Dixon Lot, off Stoner Avenue behind Carroll Hospital Center.

Participants can run or walk around Westminster and the hospital campus.

The cost is $15 by Aug. 14 and $20 afterward. Prizes will be awarded to the top three men and women in two age groups, as well as the top youth younger than 13.

A food and fun event will be held after the race/walk.

Information: 410-871-6837.

Hotel tax approved to promote tourism

The county commissioners have voted to enact a hotel rental tax, effective Oct. 1, the proceeds of which will be spent boosting tourism in Carroll. The Maryland General Assembly authorized the tax during the 2005 session.

The 5 percent tax is expected to generate from $300,000 to $350,000 annually.

In approving the tax Tuesday, the commissioners included a possible rebate of 1 1/2 percent to eligible hotels that file paperwork and payments in a timely manner.

The tax will apply only at lodgings with at least 10 beds.

Jones named to committee studying water resources

County Commissioner Perry L. Jones Jr. has been appointed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to a newly formed advisory committee on the management and protection of the state's water resources.

Members will review information and regulations, assess water adequacy, identify alternate sources and develop a strategy to meet anticipated demand.

The committee must issue a final report and recommendations by July 1, 2008.

Contract is awarded for health examinations

The Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association has awarded a contract to Carroll Occupational Health for physical exams for its members.

The county's 14 volunteer fire companies have approximately 800 members who regularly respond on fire, medical and rescue calls. The physicals program helps ensure responders are in good health.

The county commissioners provided $282,500 for the program for fiscal 2006.

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