Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

December 04, 2005

3 Ravens to visit Westminster Giant

Three Baltimore Ravens players will visit Carroll County for a fundraiser for the Carroll County Youth Services Bureau.

Anthony Weaver, Maake Kemoeatu and Jarrett Johnson will be at the Giant Food store in Cranberry Square from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow. They will bag groceries and accept donations for the bureau, which provides child and family care and psychiatric services for children.

The fundraiser will include a silent auction from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Giant. Dozens of items will be available for bid from the Ravens, Great Moments Sports Collectibles and local merchants.

Information: 410-876-1515.

Plan would expand survivors tax credit

Carroll County staff recently presented proposed amendments to Chapter 209 (taxation) of the County Code to the county commissioners.

In 2002, the commissioners adopted Ordinance No. 02-15, which provided a one-year tax credit of 50 percent for a dwelling owned by a surviving spouse of a deceased rescue worker.

County staff has recommended that the tax credit be expanded to include surviving spouses of deceased law enforcement personnel, that the credit be increased to 100 percent, and that it be extended for up to a five-year period.

A public hearing on the proposal will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Copies of the proposed draft amendment are available at ccgovernment.carr.org and through the county attorney at 410-386-2030.

County schedules grassroots meetings

The county has scheduled more Grassroots Gatherings for residents to get involved in the Carroll County Comprehensive Plan.

Winfield/Taylorsville: 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, South Carroll High School media center.

Harney/Starner's Dam: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Harney fire hall. Information: 410-386- 2145.

Hampstead: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, North Carroll library branch, Greenmount.

Woodbine/Watersville: 7 p.m. Dec. 15 Winfield Bible Chapel, 5407 Woodbine Road.

Information: 410-386-2145.

Community meeting scheduled

The Carroll County commissioners will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Gamber & Community Fire Company, Route 32 and Niner Road, to hear comments and listen to residents' concerns about issues that affect the county.

There is no set agenda for the meeting. Residents are welcome to discuss any topic or issue of concern in an informal setting.

Information: 410-386-2043.

Fallfest proceeds go to 4 charities

The Westminster Fallfest Board has awarded $9,000 to each of four local charities - profits from its annual four-day event in September.

This year's charities were Carroll Hospice, Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County, Mission of Mercy, and Residents Attacking Drugs.

The Westminster Fallfest is one of the county's largest charitable events. It donates its proceeds to four charities annually.

Applicants sought for panel on aging

The Carroll County commissioners are seeking resumes and letters of interest for a Sykesville-area vacancy on the Commission on Aging.

The commission's responsibilities include: advising the Bureau of Aging; prioritizing programs; developing positions on legislation; suggesting direction for the bureau; and advising the commissioners on policy, program and fiscal decisions.

The commission comprises 15 members, who serve three-year terms.

Resumes and letters of interest will be accepted through Dec. 16 and can be sent to 225 N. Center St., Westminster 21157, or via e-mail at acol lins@ccg.carr.org.

Information: 410-386-2043.

Grant to help cover jailing illegal aliens

Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett recently announced a grant of $35,457 to correctional facilities in Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties under the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program.

The program helps cover the costs of incarcerating illegal aliens who have been convicted of a felony (or at least two misdemeanors) and who have spent four days or more in a correctional facility.

Funding from the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program is approved by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a branch of the Department of Justice.

Carroll County received $2,733, Frederick County $27,527 and Washington County $5,197.

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