Carroll Digest


October 08, 2006

Government offices to close for holiday

Carroll County Government offices will be closed tomorrow for Columbus Day.

County senior centers will be closed.

Public libraries and schools, and Northern Landfill and the Recycling Center will be open.

Pi Gamma Mu holds meet and greet

Pi Gamma Mu honor society at McDaniel College will hold a "Meet and Greet: Let's Get This Party Started" candidates forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow in Decker auditorium.

All winning candidates from the primary election are invited.

Information: 410-848-6183.

Zoning measure to expire Nov. 4

The county commissioners last year adopted a zoning text amendment which allowed, with conditions, the temporary storage of dried, pelletized sewage sludge.

The amendment was for a one-year period only and will expire Nov. 4. On Sept. 21, county staff and the Environmental Advisory Council recommended to the commissioners to extend this temporary amendment for another year.

The commissioners agreed and will hold a public hearing on the proposed extension at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the County Office Building.

A pre-hearing workshop for the public to ask questions will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the County Office Building.

Copies of the proposed draft extension amendment are available at and the county attorney at 410-386-2030.

Downtown business is focus of meeting

The Greater Westminster Development Corporation will hold a downtown business meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Johansson's Dining House, West Main Street and Railroad Avenue.

The meeting will provide updates on the West Greet Street construction, Main Street events (First Thursdays and the holiday parade), and downtown economic development.

Guests will include Westminster Mayor Tom Ferguson, city administrator Marge Wolf and Police Chief Jeff Spaulding.

Reservations are requested.

Information: 410-848-9350.

Carroll residents could get tax credit

Carroll County residents could be eligible for a tax credit on the property taxes they pay.

All Maryland residents are eligible to apply for a tax credit under the Maryland Homeowner's Tax Credit Program. The amount of credit is based upon the property taxes you pay and your annual income.

In addition to the state tax credit, residents age 65 and older also may be eligible for the Carroll County Senior Property Tax Credit, provided by the county commissioners.

The deadline to file for either credit is Oct. 31.

Seniors age 60 or older can receive assistance filling out the tax credit applications. For information or assistance, call the Bureau of Aging at 410-386-3800 and ask for the Senior Information & Assistance Unit, or visit the bureau at 125 Stoner Ave. in Westminster.

Westminster police awarded citations

Westminster City Police Department has recently participated in some law enforcement programs and received citations for its work.

The department was part of the annual Chief's Challenge to promote seat belt and child safety seat use from April 6 to June 6. The unit was recognized at the Maryland Chief's Challenge Awards ceremony and luncheon Sept. 29 in Baltimore.

"Smooth Operator" from May through September is designed to change attitudes and behaviors toward aggressive driving. Officers issued more than 216 citations for aggressive driving during the campaign.

Sgt. Michael Bible, coordinator, and Officer John Emminizer were recognized at the Smooth Operator Law Enforcement awards luncheon Oct. 2.

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