Carroll Digest


November 26, 2006

Public hearing on sports fields

The Carroll County Department of Recreation & Parks will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Union Bridge Community Center on Ladiesburg Road to discuss the development of the new Bark Hill sports fields in town.

The county owns the future park property on Raywell Avenue, which is adjacent to the closed Bark Hill landfill.

Preliminary plans include the construction of two multipurpose fields with primary usage by the West Carroll Recreation Council.

Information: 410-386-2103.

Westminster tree lighting

Carroll County Government will hold a tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in front of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

Along with the tree lighting, Winter's Mill High School chorus, a flute quartet from Sykesville Middle School and an adult ensemble from the Carroll County School for the Performing Arts will sing holiday tunes.

Refreshments will be served and Santa Claus is expected to visit.

Information: 410-386-2043.

Volunteer training session is planned

The Carroll County Citizen Corps Council and Volunteer Carroll will hold a Volunteer Mobilization Center presented by Mickey Gomez of the Howard County Volunteer Center.

A Volunteer Mobilization Center, or VMC, is a referral or reception center for spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers (community members) who respond to an emergency or national disaster.

The training will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Carroll Non-Profit Center, 255 Clifton Blvd., Westminster.

A light dinner of soup and bread will be served at 6 p.m. Reservations for both dinner and training are required by Tuesday at 410-410-456-3984.

Democratic club sets holiday dinner

The Carroll County Democratic Club will hold its holiday dinner starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Buttersburg Inn on Main Street in Union Bridge.

The cost is $25, including taxes and gratuity. Patrons may take beer and wine.

Reservations are required by Friday.

Information: 410-876-6201.

Unger nominated as finance director

The city of Westminster has nominated a new director of finance to fill a position vacated by Joseph D. Urban, who retired in May.

Roland L. Unger, finance director for the Maryland State Supplemental Retirement Plans for the past seven years, will go before the Westminster City Council Nov. 27, and, if approved, will begin work on Dec. 13.

Unger will be responsible for completing the city's 2006 audit, preparing the 2008 budget and implementing financial planning software, Mayor Thomas K. Ferguson said.

An accountant with a master's degree in business administration, Unger is pursuing a doctorate in technology management at the University of Maryland, Ferguson said.

Unger is married with three grown children. He lives in Hunt Valley.

Laura McCandlish

Water, sewer plan update available

The triennial update of the Carroll County Master Plan for Water and Sewerage has been prepared.

Updates have been made to maps, data, figures and relevant supporting information. The draft plan is available for review at the Carroll County Planning Office, Room 204, County Office Building; Carroll County Public Library branches; and the county Web site.

A public hearing on the draft plan will be held at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in Room 300A of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

Before that, county staff will answer questions and receive comments from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 in Room 003 of the County Office Building.

Anyone wishing to file written comments for the public hearing may do so by writing the Clerk to the Carroll County Board of Commissioners, County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster, MD 21157-5195.

Information: 410-386-2145; TT, 410-848-3017.

Classes offered in CPR, first aid

The American Red Cross is offering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid classes around the county.

Classes will be given at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (GELC), 21 Carroll St., Westminster; and Westminster Senior Center (WSC), 125 Stoner Ave.

Participants must register and pay for classes in advance. Available courses are:

Infant and Child CPR: from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at the senior center and costs $50.

Infant and Child CPR and First Aid: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at the senior center and costs $55.

Adult, Infant and Child CPR: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at the church and cost $52.

Babysitter's Training: For youths 11 to 15. Contact the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks at 410-386-2103 for information and registration.

Information: 800-787-8002 or 410-624-2060.

County surveying Web site users

The Carroll County Office of Public Information wants to hear from the public about the county government's presence on the Internet.

The county is conducting a survey about http:--ccgovern

Visitors to the Web site can fill out a brief questionnaire online or download the form to fill out by hand, or printed versions of the survey are available at the five county public library branches.

All completed surveys should be sent to the Office of Public Information by Dec. 8. Forms can be e-mailed to, faxed to 410-386-2843, or mailed to Web Survey Results, Carroll County Government Office of Public Information, 225 N. Center St., Westminster 21157-5194.

Information: 410-386-2804.

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