Carroll Digest


January 21, 2007

Zoning to address sight obstructions

County staff recently presented to the commissioners proposed zoning amendments to Chapter 223, to add a section to address vegetation and other obstructions that block sight distance for roads and driveways.

The commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed amendments at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the County Office Building.

The proposed amendments would prohibit a property owner or tenant from maintaining or erecting a fence, wall, mailbox, hedge, tree, shrubbery, vines, weeds or plantings on private property at or near any access point to a publicly maintained road that would cause an obstruction to vision for motorists.

The zoning staff, in conjunction with the Bureau of Roads Operations, would be charged with determining whether an obstruction exists.

Copies of the amendments are available at ccgovernment. and through the county attorney at 410-386-2030.

Group to advocate for Union Mills

A new Union Mills Watershed Association is being formed to advocate for the land and way of life around Union Mills.

The group's first meeting will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 at the old Pumpkin Patch Chamber Farm on Saw Mill Road off Route 496 (Bachmans Valley Road).

Plans include a Web site, newsletter, phone contact list, and other ways for the group to stay connected.

All are welcome.

Information: 410-346-6911.

List being compiled for Spanish-speakers

A local group is creating a directory of businesses and services that are willing to help members of the Spanish-speaking community by employing translators or training employees to converse in Spanish.

The directory will be distributed at a presentation on "The Process of Buying a Home" at 5 p.m. March 18 in the cafeteria of St. John Catholic Church, 443 Monroe St., Westminster.

Anyone interested in being listed in the directory must contact the committee by Jan. 30.

Information: Debbie Schapiro, 443-829-6089; Elena Hartley, 443-465-0396; or Carol Fertitta, 443-600-6001.

Freedom plant gets sewage grant

The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved almost $3 million in grants to upgrade waste-water treatment facilities around the state, including the Freedom District Wastewater Treatment Plant in Carroll County.

Maryland Environmental Services has been awarded about $100,000 to study how to bring the Freedom District plant above standard operating levels for biological nutrient removal, said Chris Garrigan, director of communications with environmental services.

"That means it's taking the way the effluent is treated so that it releases less phosphorus and nitrogen into the air," Garrigan said. "... It doesn't increase the capacity, it just means the sewage has to be treated for a longer period of time."

Mike Evans, Carroll County director of the Department of Public Works, said the plant has 8,000 county customers, plus the state's facilities in Sykesville.

Target Services plans spring gala

Target Community and Educational Services will hold its annual spring gala from 7:30 p.m. to midnight March 3 at Martin's West on Dogwood Road in Baltimore County.

Music for dancing by Black Tie, dinner and a silent auction will be featured at the black-tie-optional event.

Tickets are $125 per person, with tables available from $1,250 to $10,000.

Deadline for tickets is Feb. 2.

Information: 410-848-9090.

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