City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

November 16, 2005

Somerset County: Smith Island

County will not sell harbor to developer

A harbor at Smith Island that has long been home to working watermen will not be sold to a developer, the Somerset County commissioners decided yesterday. The commission agreed to reject bids on the 25-slip harbor at Tylerton, which the county had put up for sale. Bidders included an environmental group and private developers. The vote means the county will continue to own and operate the harbor, officials said, but watermen will have to pay the county $400 a year to rent boat slips.

Carroll County: Taylorsville

Blaze destroys barn, farm equipment

A three-alarm blaze destroyed a barn and farm equipment early yesterday near Taylorsville, Carroll County fire officials said. The fire, reported at 3:14 a.m., apparently was accidental, caused by a malfunction in the electrical system of the 50-by-100-foot barn in the 2500 block of Gillis Road, said Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Mark A. Bilger. The building's value was estimated at $250,000, and tractors, skid loaders and other farm machinery inside were estimated to be worth $100,000. No one was injured. About 100 firefighters from companies in Carroll, Howard, Frederick and Montgomery counties had the blaze under control in about two hours, said Scott Legore, spokesman for the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department.

Sheridan Lyons

Sykesville

Water main break sparks health warning

Sykesville residents were advised to boil water as a precaution after a water main break along Main Street yesterday disrupted service to about 100 residents and 20 businesses, according to the Carroll County Bureau of Utilities and the Health Department. Roads were closed at the intersections of Main Street at Sandosky Road and at Church Street, Sykesville police said. Customers were advised by the Health Department to boil water used for drinking and cooking for at least one minute, until further notice, as a precaution against contamination from groundwater. Service was expected to be restored late yesterday.

sheridan lyons

Baltimore: Health fair

Screenings available to city employees

A health fair for Baltimore City employees will be held Friday on the first floor of the War Memorial Building. The fair will include screenings for skin cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer, as well as blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol screenings. City employees can request up to four hours of leave per year for cancer screenings. Information: Hosea T. Chew, 410-545-3896 or hchew@baltimorecitycouncil.com.

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