Carroll Digest


May 20, 2007

Ground to be broken for treatment plant

Carroll County will hold a groundbreaking for the Freedom District Water Treatment Plant at 11 a.m. tomorrow at 5631 Oakland Road, Eldersburg.

The new water treatment plant along Liberty Reservoir will allow Carroll County to more than double the amount of water the system can provide, from the current 3 million gallons a day to 7 million gallons a day.

Information: 410386-2973.

Hearing is set on airport plan

The Carroll County commissioners will hold a public hearing on proposed alternatives for improvements to the Carroll County Regional Airport at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Scott Center, Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road.

Consultant URS has offered four options for the airport master plan: repair the current runway (the no-build option); extend the existing runway; relocate the runway 375 feet to the west; or relocate the runway 250 feet west and 600 feet north.

The URS presentation is available online at A video is also on the county Web site.

The draft Carroll County Regional Airport Master Plan can be viewed at the airport terminal building off Route 97 north; the Office of Performance Auditing and Special Projects, 225 N. Center St.; or any public library branch.

Speakers at the hearing will be limited to three minutes. Written comments can be sent to Kathryn L. Rauschenberg, County Clerk, 225 N. Center St., Westminster, Md. 21157, or e-mail to

Information: 410-386-2043.

New Windsor election is Tuesday

New Windsor will hold a run-off election on Tuesday between incumbent Councilman Steve Farkas and career firefighter Byron Welker, who tied in the May 8 municipal election.

Farkas and Welker both received 76 votes in the election, tying for the third seat on the five-member town council.

Incumbent Kevin Null and telecommunications technician F. Tracey Alban II were elected to the other two seats.

Taneytown group marks 20 years

The Taneytown Heritage Committee will celebrate its 20th anniversary at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 38 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown.

Jazz pianist and teacher Herb Sell will entertain.

New officers will be announced: Alice Unger, president; Anna Motter, vice president; Janet Joy, treasurer; Meg Herring, recording secretary; Helen Gorman, corresponding secretary; Don and Virginia Stenley, program co-chairs; Nancy Keefer, membership chair.

The Taneytown Heritage Committee was established in 1987 to encourage the upkeep of properties, aid the Taneytown City Council on historic projects, and provide historical educational programs and research into the city's history.

Information: 410-756-2257.

Grant to help horse farms

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency have awarded a $700,000 Targeted Watershed Grant for Maryland to help horse farms in Carroll and Frederick counties reduce nutrient runoff to the Chesapeake Bay.

Annually, thousands of pounds of nitrogen and phosphorus from horse farms pollute the bay, yet horse operations are ineligible or unaware of agriculture conservation programs, according to U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin.

The grant will provide resources, education and training to small horse farms to reduce runoff.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture will join Soil Conservation districts, Maryland Horse Outreach Workgroup, Maryland Horse Industry Board, University of Maryland Extension Horse Specialist and Natural Resource Conservation Service as partners contributing an additional $281,000 to the program.

Broadband report results released

The Carroll County Department of Economic Development has released the results of the Broadband in Carroll County, Maryland - A Review of the Market, Products, and Services report.

The study was commissioned to assess the current marketplace and encourage new private sector development.

"Access to broadband is a critical infrastructure in today's global marketplace for both small and large businesses," said Lawrence Twele, county director of Economic Development.

Columbia Telecommunications Corp. performed the primary work for the study in the fall of 2006 and examined the broadband products and services currently available in the area.

The report and presentation are posted at

Information: 410-386-2070.

Economic panel releases report

The Carroll County Department of Economic Development has released its 2006 annual report.

The report highlights accomplishments for last year, including new and expanding companies, commercial and industrial assessable base, technology development, business retention and expansion, marketing and agricultural development.

Included is information from the Business & Employment Resource Center and the Carroll County Office of Tourism.

More than 1,700 copies of the report have been distributed to businesses, partners and stakeholders, and more will be made available at Carroll County Public Library branches and municipal offices.

The report is also available from the Department of Economic Development at 410-386-2070 and online at

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