Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

April 09, 2006

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. Budget work sessions are planned for tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday.

Information: 410-386-2082.

Grassroots sessions scheduled

The county Department of Planning has scheduled the next series of Grassroots Gatherings.

Participants in the spring 2006 series will discuss the direction for each of the five Pathways.

All meetings are to begin at 7 p.m. Check the calendar on the Pathways Plan Web site for more information.

Union Mills/Silver Run: tomorrow, St. Mary's Evangelical Lutheran Church parish hall, 3978 Littlestown Pike.

New Windsor: tomorrow, New Windsor Middle School media center.

Information: 410-386-2145.

Tour will visit area historic homes

The Carroll County Historic Preservation Commission and Sykesville Historic District Commission are sponsoring a tour of six historic homes in the county from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22.

Homes will include Cold Saturday Farm in Finksburg, which served as a hospital during the Civil War, now the home of Scarlett and Garnett Bean; the Inn at Norwood in Sykesville, built in 1906 by J. H. Fowble, now a bed and breakfast operated by Kelly and Steve Crum; Sykesville Town House, built in 1863 by Fowble and recently restored; Historic Sykesville Colored Schoolhouse, opened in 1905 and operated until 1939, and recently restored; and Salopha, the home of Pat and Ray Greenwald, who are restoring the Belts Hills house.

The cost is $55 and includes lunch and transportation. Registration deadline is April 19. Checks should be made to Sykesville Development Corp., 7547 Main St., Sykesville 21784.

Information: 410-386-2029.

Officials release Scenic Roads Plan

The Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission has released the Carroll County Scenic Roads Plan draft for public comment.

The plan is an initiative that recognizes the exceptional roadways in the county. By designating scenic roadways, the county is laying the groundwork for preserving many of the unique characteristics of these areas.

Copies of the plan are available at public library branches and online at the county's Web site, ccgovernment.carr.org. Comments on the plan will be accepted through May 10.

A community forum on the plan will be held at 7 p.m. May 15 in Room 003 of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster. A public hearing has tentatively been scheduled for 3 p.m. May 16 at the same location. The panel will review comments from the public before approving the plan and sending it to the commissioners.

Information: 410-386-2145.

Candidates wanted for panel on aging

The Carroll County commissioners are seeking resumes and letters of interest for Taneytown and Union Bridge area vacancies to 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 is a 15-member group, with each member serving a three-year term.

Resumes and letters of interest will be accepted until positions are filled and can be sent to Doreen Negley in the commissioners' office at 225 N. Center St., Westminster 21157, or e-mail dnegley@ccg.carr.org.

Information: 410-386-2043.

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