Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

October 22, 2006

Meetings planned on transit changes

The Howard County Public Transportation Board invites the public to comment on Howard Transit's proposed changes to service. Changes include restructuring that is designed to shorten waiting times, offer earlier morning and later evening service, and extend service to new destinations.

Some underused or redundant route segments will be eliminated.

Meetings to invite comment will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Nov. 28 in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

If approved, the changes will be implemented in March.

Those unable to attend the meetings can submit written comments to the Public Transportation Board, c/o Corridor Transportation Corporation, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel 20207; or e-mail support@baltwashchamber.org.

Information: 301-725-4000 or www.howardtransit.com.

Chamber to present 2007 position paper

The Howard County Chamber of Commerce will present its 2007 White Paper, its position paper on legislation affecting Howard County businesses, at a Legislative Breakfast to be held Tuesday at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville. A panel of candidates will answer questions.

Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

Admission is $35 in advance; $40 at the door for members. There is a $15 surcharge for non-members.

Information: 410-730-4111.

Road closings for repaving set

Marriottsville Road between Frederick Road (Route 144) and U.S. 40 in Marriottsville will be closed to through traffic for one week for repaving. The project is scheduled to begin tomorrow, weather permitting, and to be completed by Friday. The work is to be done between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Douglas Avenue, a small road off Marriottsville Road, will be closed for repaving for one day during the week between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Residents will have access to their property. School buses, ambulances and firetrucks will also have access. Detour signs will be posted to alert motorists.

Information: Susan Schubel, 410-313-3440.

Nonpartisan group to meet Tuesday

Democracy for Howard County, a local nonpartisan political group that describes itself as promoting fiscal responsibility and socially progressive programs, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Elkridge branch library, 6540 Washington Boulevard, Elkridge.

County Councilman Calvin Ball will speak about community revitalization.

Admission is free. The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Elkridge branch library. Pizza will be available.

Information: Dawn Popp, 443-285-1109.

Candidate forum set for Wednesday

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will co-sponsor a candidate forum for school board candidates with the Association of Community Services, the Commission for Women and the PTA Council, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Room B-37 of the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The congressional, state's attorney and judicial forum, held Sept. 27 at Howard Community College, will be rebroadcast at 10 p.m. today, and 12:30 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday on Gtv Channel 70.

The county executive and County Council forum, held Oct. 11 at the college, will be rebroadcast at 1 p.m. today and 2 a.m. Tuesday on HCC Channel 71.

It will also be rebroadcast at 12:20 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. Thursday, 12:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, and 10 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 29 on Gtv Channel 70.

For the league's voters' guide: www.lwvmd.org. Information about human service issues: www.acshoco.org or 410-796-7824.

County to ensure language access

Howard County Executive James N. Robey has issued an executive order that requires the county's government to take reasonable steps to provide access to services and programs for those who do not speak English as their primary language or have a limited ability to read, speak, write or understand the language.

The order, which was signed as part of a Diversity Day celebration, stipulates that all county government departments take reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access to their programs and services for everyone.

Each department is to appoint a limited English proficiency coordinator to monitor its operation's compliance with the order. Guidelines for a formal LEP policy will be established over the next six months. In the current operating budget, $25,000 has been approved for the LEP initiative.

Lake dredging information on Web

The Columbia Association's Open Space Management Division has placed its presentation on dredging projects at Lake Kittamaqundi and Lake Elkhorn on the association's Web site: www.columbiaassociation .com.

The presentations cover lake conditions, goals, an evaluation of options and how restoration will be approached.

Information: 410-312-6330.

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