Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

May 07, 2006

Commissioners OK ethics code change

The Carroll County commissioners unanimously approved an ethics code change last week that will prevent county employees from accepting free tickets to athletic, charitable, cultural or political events.

Elected officials, such as the county commissioners, may still frequent such events when accompanied by the tickets' donor.

Based on recommendations from the State Ethics Commission in February, County Attorney Kimberly A. Millender proposed the amendments to ensure the county policy mirrored the state's.

Commissioners are required to file gift disclosures, as they did previously. Part of elected officials' jobs include attending numerous fundraisers - often multiple events on one day - which would be expensive for the county to fund, Millender said.

Public meeting set on 2007 budget

County staff will hold a final public meeting for residents to ask questions and address concerns on the Fiscal Year 2007 Operating Budget and Community Investment Plan.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday 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.

Preservation session has been canceled

"A Passion for Preservation Conference" scheduled for Saturday at Carroll Community College has been canceled because of a lack of participation.

The conference will be rescheduled for the fall.

Information: 410-386-8100.

Letter carriers set food drive Saturday

The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its nationwide, one-day food drive Saturday.

Residents will receive postcards in the mail asking them to leave nonperishable foods by their mailbox or to drop them off at their local post office Saturday.

Some needed items include: meat and protein; breads and cereals; fruits and vegetables; dairy foods (powdered milk, infant formula); nonfood items (diapers, toilet paper, plastic/paper plates and cups).

Donations will be distributed to local food banks.

Employers sought for jobs event

The Carroll County Business & Employment Resource Center will hold its Summer Jobs Open House from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 23 at its office, 224 N. Center St., Westminster.

BERC is seeking employers to present their company's summer job openings. This open house is primarily for those looking for seasonal summertime help, but job seekers in search of permanent or part-time employment may attend.

Employers unable to attend may send in a listing of available positions.

Participation is free, but reservations are required.

Information: 410-386-2820.

Change proposed to clinic parking

County staff recently presented the commissioners with a proposed zoning text amendment to Chapter 103, Development and Subdivision of Land, amending the current requirements for parking for medical or dental offices or clinics.

The amendment would modify the minimum number of parking spaces required for medical or dental offices and clinics from seven spaces per practitioner to five spaces for every 1,000 square feet of gross floor area.

A public hearing is scheduled on the proposed amendments at 10:30 a.m. May 25 in Room 300A of the County Office Building.

Copies of the proposed draft amendment are available on the county's Web site (ccgovernment.carr.org) and at 410-386-2030.

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