Carroll Digest


March 18, 2007

Auditor to work for school board

Carroll County's auditing administrator Joseph Varrone has accepted a position with the budget and grants office of the county board of education, county officials have announced.

Varrone worked as a budget officer in Howard County before returning to work for Carroll County in September 2006. A Manchester resident, Varrone had previously worked as a budget analyst in Carroll.

"When it comes to budgets, that's the stuff I'm good at and really like," Varrone said.

Varrone has also been responsible for overseeing Carroll's airport expansion plans, which have brought opposition from community activists.

A new head of the Carroll County Regional Airport expansion effort has yet to be named, said Steven D. Powell, chief of staff to the county commissioners.

Laura McCandlish

Public invited to meet with board

Those who would like to present an issue to the county commissioners can meet with the board in public session between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday.

Time may be limited, and written comments are encouraged.

Guidelines are available at /pub-part.pdf.

Information: 410-386-2043.

Housing agency to update plan

The Carroll County Bureau of Housing is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to update its Annual Plan, publish for public review for 45 days and hold a public hearing.

The Annual Plan is a checklist of programs implemented by each housing authority and must be submitted annually.

Following the public review, the county commissioners will hold a public hearing to approve the submission to HUD.

Copies of the plan are available at all branches of the Carroll County Public Library. Public comments will be accepted until April 13 at Carroll County Bureau of Housing, Rita Zimmerman, 10 Distillery Drive, Suite 101, Westminster, MD 21157.

Information: 410-386-3600.

Sewage sludge is topic of discussion

The Maryland Department of the Environment will hold an information meeting to discuss a sewage sludge utilization permit application from Synagro Central LLC to apply sewage sludge at agricultural rates on one farm.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Union Bridge Community Center, 4770 Ladiesburg Road.

Information: 410-537-3375 or 410-537-3310.

Hearing set on construction codes

County staff recently presented the county commissioners proposed amendments to Chapter 97, Construction Codes.

The changes deal with accessory building exemptions, carports, various permit exemptions, floodplain setbacks, electrical codes, drainage, storable swimming pools, plumbing standards, food waste grinders and grease interceptors, water closet and tub clearances, pressure gauges on municipal water services, and sewage ejector tank sizes.

The commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed changes at 10 a.m. March 29 in Room 300A of the County Office Building.

A pre-hearing workshop will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Room 124C of the County Office Building for citizens to meet with staff and ask questions about the proposals.

Copies of the proposed draft amendments are available at and by calling the county attorney at 410-386-2030.

Library Purple Book available online

The Carroll County Public Library has published its Directory of Community Services, known as the Purple Book, for 25 years.

Starting this year, the book will no longer be published, but will be available online at

The directory provides basic information on organizations and community services, such as name, address, phone, officers and more.

To schedule an online tour of the new directory, call 410-386-4500.

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