Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

April 02, 2006

Public hearings on heritage area plan

The Carroll County Department of Planning will hold a series of public hearings on the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Management Plan.

Certification of the heritage area requires amendment of the master plan of participating jurisdictions.

The hearing schedule:

Sykesville: 7 p.m. tomorrow, Town Hall.

Carroll County: 7 p.m. April 10, Room 003, County Office Building.

Westminster: 7 p.m. April 13, City Hall. The management plan can be viewed at heartofthecivil war.org.

Information: 410-386-2145.

Carroll Democrats gather tomorrow

The Carroll County Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Frisco Family Pub in Carroll Plaza Shopping Center on Englar Road, Westminster.

The club will elect officers for 2006-2007. Brendan J. Schlauch, student representative to the Carroll County Board of Education, will discuss his experiences on the board.

Visitors are invited to an informal dinner before the program.

Information: 410-876-6201 before 7 p.m.

Taxpayers group to meet tomorrow

The Carroll County Taxpayers Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave.

Jerry Brunst will be available to help residents who have questions about how to protest their assessment.

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

County planners schedule meetings

The county Department of Planning will hold spring Grassroots Gatherings meetings.

Participants in the spring series will discuss the future direction for the county for each of the five Pathways.

All meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Winfield/Taylorsville: Tuesday, South Carroll High School media center.

Westminster/Warfield burg/Shipley/Smallwood: Wednesday at 85 W. Green St.

Patapsco: Thursday, Patapsco United Methodist Church, 2821 Patapsco Road.

Information: 410-386-2145.

Budget meetings open to public

The Carroll County Commissioners are opening budget development meetings to the public this year.

Meetings will be held at 10 a.m. in Room 300A at the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster, unless noted otherwise.

Meetings with county-funded agencies will be held Tuesday through Friday; and at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in Room 003 for the Board of Education and Volunteer Emergency Services Association.

Proposed budget work sessions will be held April 10, 12 and 13.

Information: 410-386-2082.

Emergency services auxiliary banquet

The Carroll County Emergency Services Association will hold its spring banquet at 5:30 p.m. April 23 at the Gamber & Community Fire Company hall on Route 32.

Reservations are due April 10.

Information: 410-857-3329.

Museum creating Wall of Heroes

The Carroll County Farm Museum is creating a Wall of Heroes to be displayed as part of the Old-Fashioned July 4 Celebration this year.

The wall will be part of the museum's 40th-anniversary celebration.

Military personnel, firefighters, police officers, doctors, nurses, emergency medical service technicians and others who provide services and save lives as part of their vocation are all heroes.

Anyone who has made a difference in someone's life may be nominated as a hero. All are welcome to nominate a hero.

Deadline for nominations is April 30.

Information: 410-386-3880.

Wastewater plant improvements set

The county will spend $768,650 for a storage building, replacement tanks and upgraded equipment at the Hampstead District Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The commissioners awarded the contract Tuesday to EMH Environmental Inc. of Glenwood.

The aging tanks, which have no spill controls, hold about 4,000 gallons of chemicals used in the treatment process. The contractor, the lowest of five bidders on the project, will renovate a building to house the new tanks. EMH will also install electric meters and pumps.

Carroll recognized for finance report

The Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada recently awarded Carroll County a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the county's 2005 comprehensive annual financial report.

This is Carroll's 21st consecutive year in earning the certificate, the association's highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.

The judging panel said Carroll's annual report met high standards and demonstrated a "spirit of full disclosure."

Community health forum set for May 10

The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County will sponsor its fifth annual community forum, "We're On Our Way," from 8 a.m. to noon May 10 at Martin's Westminster in 140 Village Shopping Center.

The free program will include a keynote speaker and community partner reports about core health improvement initiatives throughout the county.

Registration is required by April 19.

To register, call 410-871- 7249 or e-mail awalsh@Carroll Hospital Center.org.

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