Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

April 16, 2006

Commissioners to present budget

The county commissioners will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. Friday in Room 003 of the County Office Building to outline the Fiscal Year 2007 operating budget and Community Investment Plan. The office building is at 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

County staff will hold several meetings afterward for the public to ask questions and address concerns. Community meetings will be held at 7 p.m. April 25 at North Carroll library branch, 2255 Hanover Pike; May 1 at the Eldersburg library branch, 6400 W. Hemlock Drive; and May 10 at the County Office Building, Room 003.

A public hearing on the budget will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 16 at Carroll Community College's Scott Center, 1601 Washington Road.

The budget will be adopted at 10 a.m. May 30 in Room 300A, County Office Building.

Information: 410-386-2973.

Historic Homes Tour in county is canceled

The Carroll County Historic Preservation Commission has canceled its Historic Homes Tour scheduled for Saturday due to lack of participation.

Information: 410-386-2094.

Civil War heritage plan

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

Certification of the heritage area requires amendment of the master plans of participating jurisdictions. Public hearings are scheduled as follows:

Manchester: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Town Hall.

Union Bridge: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Town Hall.

Taneytown: 7:30 p.m. April 24, City Hall.

New Windsor: 7:30 p.m. April 25, New Windsor fire hall.

Hampstead: 7 p.m. April 26, Town Hall.

The management plan can be viewed at heartofthecivilwar.org.

Information: 410-386-2145.

Grassroots meetings are scheduled

The county Department of Planning has scheduled a series of Grassroots Gatherings meetings. Participants in the Spring 2006 series will discuss the future of the county.

Pleasant Valley/Frizzellburg/Tyrone/Mayberry: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Emmanuel Baust United Church of Christ, 2940 Old Taneytown Road.

Lineboro/Alesia/Millers/Melrose/Maple Grove: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Lazarus Church of Christ, 5101 S. Church St., Lineboro.

Freedom: April 24, Century High School media center.

Information: 410-386-2145.

2 zoning changes are proposed

Carroll County staff recently presented the county commissioners with a proposed zoning text amendment to Chapter 223, Article XIII, Local Business (B-L) Zoning District that would amend and clarify certain uses in the district.

The amendment would eliminate uses in the B-L zone to 10,000 square feet of gross floor area per use with limited variance, clarify height and yard requirements, and rename the district the Neighborhood Retail Business (B-NR) Zoning District.

County staff also presented the commissioners with proposed zoning text amendments to Chapter 223, pertaining to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement, retirement communities, hospitals and medical/dental clinics.

The amendment would modify the approval process for these types of conditional uses; amend the allowable density for certain of these facilities in the R-40,000 and R-20,000 districts; and clarify density, lot area, lot width and yard requirement in the Agricultural and Conservation Districts for certain facilities.

Copies of the proposed draft amendments are available online at ccgovernment.carr.org or at 410-386-2030. A public hearing will be held on all the proposed amendments May 2. A pre-hearing workshop with county staff will be held at 4 p.m. April 26 in Room 105 of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster, for anyone interested in these amendments.

Information: 410-386-2145.

Church offering marriage workshop

The Marriage Ministry of Freedom Christian Church in Eldersburg will hold a workshop, "Refocus on Your Marriage," from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 6 at the church in Carrolltown Center.

The cost is $39 per couple before April 15 and $49 per couple until April 29. The fee includes all materials, as well as refreshments and lunch.

The workshop will feature five in-depth sessions designed to help couples explore key areas of their relationships. Topics will include marriage as a process, commitment, communication, intimacy and compatibility.

Information: 410-781-7335.

Finksburg woman runs for court clerk

Marlene K. Titus of Finksburg has announced that she is a Republican candidate for clerk of the Circuit Court for Carroll County.

She is the Circuit Court's trust clerk and manager of the Miller Small Business Resource Center at Carroll Community College.

Titus practiced law for a decade after graduating from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She has been active in public schools and the community college, as well as in local business organizations.

As trust clerk, Titus audits and records court files involving guardianships of the property of minors and disabled persons.

If elected, Titus says she wants to continue and improve the operation of the clerk's office to support the court, litigants and county residents.

History project at farm museum

The Carroll County Farm Museum is celebrating its 40th anniversary and the many changes, improvements and additions through the years. As a tribute to the museum's history, the staff is putting together scrapbooks commemorating activities, happenings, acquisitions, and memories from years past.

The museum is looking for former employees, past county commissioners, board members and volunteers (past and present), people with recollections or memories, or anyone who likes historical research projects to form a committee to spearhead this project.

Information: 410-386-3880.

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