Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

August 06, 2006

Nonpartisan forums set for candidates

Mount Airy Mayor Frank Johnson and Council President David Pyatt will hold two forums for county commissioner candidates next week at the Fire Company Activities Building on the carnival grounds, at Twin Arch Road and Route 27.

A Carroll County commissioners' forum will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and the Frederick County commissioners' forum will be at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Forums will be nonpartisan. All commissioner candidates are invited to participate.

The forums are an opportunity for residents to learn about commissioner candidates as well as a chance to share residents' concerns with the candidates.

Topics to be discussed include regional growth issues, needs of the school system and the future of town-county relations.

Any candidate who has not been contacted should call Johnson at the numbers below.

Information: 301-461-7691 or 301-829-8984.

Residents may be eligible for tax relief

Carroll County residents may be eligible for a property tax credit under the Maryland Homeowner's Tax Credit Program.

The amount of the credit is based on the property tax and the homeowner's annual income. Homeowners age 65 and older also may be eligible for the Carroll County Senior Property Tax Credit, in addition to the state credit.

Individuals age 60 and older can receive assistance filling out the application for the tax relief. Homeowners needing help are encouraged to call the Senior Information & Assistance unit at 410-386-3800.

New utilities chief is announced

Department of Public Works Director J. Michael Evans announced that Joe C. Barrington has been named chief of the Bureau of Utilities, succeeding Tom Kirk, who retired June 30.

For more than two years, Barrington, 50, has been utilities supervisor in Carroll County, and with the bureau since 1997. He is Maryland certified as a collections system operator and superintendent.

The chief of the Bureau of Utilities is responsible for management of the Hampstead, Runnymede, South Carroll and Pleasant Valley wastewater treatment plants; the Freedom District and Hampstead wastewater collection systems; and the Bark Hills, Bramble Hills, Freedom District and Pleasant Valley water treatment systems.

Government adds Web features

Visitors to Carroll County government's Web site can now watch videos of public meetings and set up personalized e-mail service to notify them when new information is available online.

The two services are joint projects of the Office of Information Technology Services and the Office of Public Information.

From the county's home page (http:--ccgovernment.carr.org), visitors can click on "Live & Archived Meetings" in the County News section to find agendas of coming meetings and videos of select public meetings.

The screen includes an e-mail link, PublicComments@ccg.carr. org, for viewers to submit comments.

The e-mail service offers more than 30 pages of information to which people can subscribe.

Information: 410-386-2973 or e-mail vlaxton@ccg.carr.org.

Plan to expand High Street begins

The State Highway Administration is beginning a $1.6 million project to extend High Street by more than 1,000 feet between Route 31 (New Windsor Road) and Route 75 (Green Valley Road).

Weather permitting, the project will be complete by summer 2007.

The project includes:

Widening Route 75 to add an exclusive right-turn lane to High Street and construction of an eight-foot shoulder along northbound Route 75.

Replacement of curb and gutter.

Installation of handicap-compliant sidewalk.

Landscaping and storm-water management improvements.

A small retaining wall to offset the grade of the roadway along Route 75. During construction, motorists can expect daytime single-lane closures along Route 31 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. The SHA also may close a lane at night between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The SHA will provide guidance to motorists through the work zone.

Information: 800-635-5119.

Sheriff's office gains accreditation

Carroll County Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning has announced that his office has successfully completed the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) assessment process, and it has been awarded "Law Enforcement Accreditation" status.

Law Enforcement Accreditation indicates a commitment to professional excellence and competence.

Accreditation is administered, evaluated and monitored by CALEA, a private, national organization composed of leaders in law enforcement, the judiciary and public and private sectors, who ensure that law enforcement standards are professional, current and address quality of life in their communities.

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