Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

October 15, 2006

Tuesday is deadline to register to vote

Carroll County residents have until 9 p.m. Tuesday to register to vote in the Nov. 7 general election.

Board of Elections members will be in all county public libraries to register citizens and collect voter registrations from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The Board of Elections office will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays Oct. 21 and 28, when residents may cast an absentee ballot.

Voter registration and absentee ballot applications may be downloaded from the Board of Elections Web site, www.carr.org/election and clicking on "Voter Info."

Voter registrations must have an original signature and must be mailed, brought to the board office, 224 N. Center St., Westminster, or turned in at the libraries on Tuesday.

Absentee ballot applications may be faxed to 410-876-3925.

Information: 410-386-2080.

Candidates forum set for Tuesday

Carroll Lutheran Village will hold a candidates forum at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Krug Chapel on the Westminster campus at 300 St. Luke Circle.

Candidates and incumbents for governor, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives will be featured.

Information: 410-848-0090.

New senior center is focus of meeting

The Carroll County Department of Citizen Services will hold an informational meeting on the new South Carroll Senior and Community Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Oakland United Methodist Church hall, 5971 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg.

County staff and Colimore Gallow Architects will present building design and site plans and answer questions.

Information: 410-386-3600.

Meet the candidates event is Thursday

The Freedom Area Citizens' Council will hold a Meet the Candidates Night at 7 p.m. Thursday at the South Carroll Senior Center, 5745 Bartholow Road.

Candidates for Carroll County commissioner, District 9B delegate, and District 9 state senator will be featured.

Information: 443-520-6724.

County gets vehicle for hazardous waste

Carroll County's new hazardous waste decontamination vehicle, funded by federal Homeland Security grants, is being housed at the Westminster Fire Department.

The county's all-volunteer hazardous materials team will use the 41-foot truck when responding to mercury and fuel spills, said Jeff Kreimer, chief of the team. Some $2.8 million went toward purchasing the trucks for each Baltimore metropolitan county and Baltimore city, Kreimer said. Only Anne Arundel County has yet to receive its vehicle, he said.

If a chemical or biological weapons attack, all seven vehicles could be dispatched to the scene, said Bill Martin, Carroll's emergency management coordinator.

One person can move through the truck's showering stations to wash off contaminants every four minutes, Kreimer said. People unable to walk can be moved through the showers on a conveyor belt outside the truck, he said.

Hazardous waste drop-off is Saturday

The Carroll County government will hold its annual residential-only household hazardous waste drop-off event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll County Vehicle Maintenance Facility, 1250 Meadow Branch Road, Westminster.

Acceptable items include gasoline and gas/oil mixes, oil-based paints and thinners, solvent, stains, sealants, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, household batteries and cleaners.

Non-acceptable items include latex paint, explosives, ammunition, medical waste, radioactive materials, compressed gas tanks and cylinders, rechargeable and vehicle batteries, and asbestos.

Information: 410-386-2633 or 410-386-4550.

Candidates sought for Town Council

Sykesville is seeking candidates to fill a Town Council vacancy, which will end in May 2007. Candidates must have lived in the town for at least one year, be a registered voter and maintain a permanent residence in town during the term of office.

Candidates should send a letter of interest and resume by 4:30 p.m. Oct. 23 to: Town of Sykesville, 7547 Main St., Sykesville, Md. 21784, ATTN: Council Vacancy; or e-mail to MCandland@Sykesville.net.

Information: 410-795-6390.

Candidates forums tapes available

The Community Media Center is providing tapes of the recent candidates forums to the Carroll County Public Library.

The forums were co-sponsored with the League of Women Voters and Carroll Community College.

The tapes will be available at Carroll County library branches. Forums also will be rebroadcast regularly until the general election.

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