Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

April 30, 2006

Meetings to address fiscal 2007 budget

The county staff will hold meetings this month at which residents can ask questions and address concerns about the fiscal 2007 operating budget and the community investment plan.

Community meetings will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Eldersburg library branch, 6400 W. Hemlock Drive; and at 7 p.m. May 10 at the County Office Building, Room 003.

Information: 410-386-2973.

Democratic club to meet tomorrow

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

Terry Lierman, the state party chairman, will give provide a legislative wrap-up during a wine-and-cheese social.

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.

The meeting will focus on taxpayer issues and on developing strategies to help property owners with taxes.

Dan Strickler and Jerry Brunst will discuss issues and provide tips. Anyone wishing to address an issue should call to be put on the agenda.

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

Residential growth focus of exercise

The Carroll County Department of Planning will hold a countywide exercise on residential growth as part of the Pathways plan.

The exercise will be held at 7 p.m. May 16 in the Winters Mill High School cafeteria, 560 Gorsuch Road in Westminster and will be repeated May 17.

Participants will be able to examine options for directing growth. Ideas generated by the exercise, earlier meetings and other groups will help the county staff identify options for directing growth.

The options will be incorporated into a survey this summer.

Register at carroll pathways.org/community/other/mapit_reg.asp.

Information: 410-386-2145.

County staff proposes zoning amendments

The county staff recently gave the county commissioners a proposed zoning text amendment that would amend and clarify certain uses.

The staff also presented proposed zoning text amendments pertaining to nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, continuing-care retirement, retirement communities, hospitals and medical/dental clinics.

A public hearing will be held on the proposed amendments Tuesday.

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

Information: 410-386-2145.

Meeting to address preservation issues

"A Passion for Preservation: Saving Historic Homes and Buildings" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 13 at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

Those attending the conference can learn about revitalizing their homes, restoring and renovating old buildings, and saving tax dollars on historic buildings. Tips on masonry, windows and interiors will be offered.

Sessions, some concurrent, include "Pride of Home," "Tax Credits for Historic Buildings," "Windows for Your Historic Building," "Inventories" and "Interiors."

The book Towns and Villages of Carroll County will be discussed.

The cost is $50 for county residents; $38 for Marylanders who are not county residents; and $60 for out-of-state residents.

Registration: 410-386-8100.

Group, teen honored for volunteer service

A Carroll County organization and a county teenager have received the 2006 Governor's Volunteer Service Award from the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism.

The Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation, an all-volunteer, nonprofit agency established two years ago to raise money and advocate for melanoma prevention, care and cure, was nominated for its programs to improve awareness of the disease.

Its programs included a calendar of screenings, a poster contest, billboards and a research symposium, along with a $25,000 grant to the Melanoma Research Foundation.

Tom Martz, a junior at Winters Mill High School and a six-year volunteer at Bear Branch Nature Center, won for his service as a caretaker for the nature center's exhibit animals. His dedication, reliability, self-motivation and concern about each animal were described as extraordinary by the nature center staff.

Award winners were honored Wednesday with a Salisbury pewter plaque and a garden reception with Maryland first lady Kendel Ehrlich at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis during Volunteer Appreciation Week.

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