Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

March 11, 2007

Daylight-saving time is in effect today

The Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department reminds residents that daylight-savings time begins early this year.

Clocks should have been set ahead one hour this morning.

Firefighters urge residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when changing their clocks. Even if residents have a hard-wired system in their home, the smoke alarms have battery backups in case of power failure.

Residents of the Sykesville-Eldersburg area who do not have a properly working smoke alarm in their home may call the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department at 410-795-8021 for a free smoke alarm.

Residents are responsible for the installation of the alarm. Batteries will also be provided, if necessary. Most other fire departments in the county also may have smoke alarms for those in need.

Houcksville Road to close tomorrow

As part of the State Highway Administration's $85 million Route 30 Hampstead Bypass project in Carroll County, the SHA will close Houcksville Road tomorrow for 15-minute intervals between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The closures are necessary as SHA installs concrete bridge girders that will carry Houcksville Road over the Hampstead Bypass.

To safely place the bridge girders, SHA will alternate traffic along Houcksville Road. Flaggers and variable message signs will guide motorists safely through the work zone.

Repairs begin on W. Green Street

The City of Westminster is beginning construction on West Green Street between Bond and Liberty streets.

The work requires closure of West Green Street. However, exiting from the Westminster Square Parking Garage will be accessible.

The city will make efforts to minimize detours and delays.

Information: 410-848-9001.

Non-profits eligible to apply for grants

Non-profit, community based organizations in the Baltimore region may apply for grants to make their facilities more secure.

The Baltimore Region Critical Infrastructure Community Grant Program will award $650,000 to fund enhancements that are more than the baseline security provided in the organization's operating budget.

Eligible enhancements include: closed-circuit television systems, vehicle barriers, lighting and fencing for perimeters of community facilities, personal identification systems to limit unauthorized access to facilities, bulletproof glass and other related technologies.

The Baltimore Urban Area Work Group must receive grant applications by March 23. Applications are available online at www.baltometro.org or by calling the Carroll County homeland security official at 410-386-2260.

Grant awards will be announced May 1.

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