Carroll County Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

June 10, 2007

High Street project is complete

The State Highway Administration has opened a new section of High Street in New Windsor between Route 31 (New Windsor Road) and Route 75 (Green Valley Road).

A ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of the project will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the New Windsor firehouse, 101 High St. Mayor Sam Pierce, Fire Chief Rick Fritz, Del. Donald Elliott, and SHA District Seven Engineer Dave Coyne are expected to participate, and commissioners Julia W. Gouge and Michael Zimmer have been invited.

The $1.6 million project extended High Street by more than 1,000 feet and widened Route 75 for a right turn lane to High Street, as well as an 8-foot shoulder along northbound Route 75 near High Street Extended.

Push is made for community group

A push is being made in Manchester to create a Carroll County Community Association to help residents become involved in what is happening in their community, especially in development and environmental issues.

David Solomon has set up a meeting with area residents for 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Westminster library branch, 50 E. Main St. Those who live in the Manchester, Hampstead and Westminster areas are strongly encouraged to attend.

Information: 410-374-6110.

Route 832 project will begin Friday

The State Highway Administration will begin a $1.1 million project to rehabilitate the Route 832 (Old Taneytown Road) Bridge over Big Pipe Creek Friday.

SHA will replace the existing riding surface with a new surface, make improvements to the bridge piers and abutment walls, and install new erosion and sediment controls.

During construction, approximately 400 feet of Old Taneytown Road will be closed and traffic will be detoured to Route 140, which runs parallel to Old Taneytown Road.

Traffic to the west will be detoured through the Taneytown roundabout to Route 140 and traffic to the east will be detoured to Mayberry Road to Route 140.

Weather permitting, SHA will re-open Old Taneytown Road in early September.

Information: 301-624-8200 or 800-635-5119.

Caregiving program seeks volunteers

Volunteer orientation and training for Carroll County Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a Faith in Action volunteer caregiving program, will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 20 at the Parish House of St. John Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors volunteers assist persons who are home-bound because of age, frailty, a disability, or chronic illness with everyday tasks.

To volunteer, a $12 background check is required.

Carroll County Neighbors Helping Neighbors is managed by the Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County Inc., with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Information: Becky Herman at rherman@carrollhospitalcenter.org or 410-871-6372.

County employees recognized

Two Carroll County employees received awards for saving Carroll County government a combined $45,000 in the past year at the annual Employee Recognition Program last week.

Don Leister Jr. and Gregory Wantz were honored with the 2006 Cost Savings Award and a $1,000 savings bond for their efforts at the Freedom Water Treatment Plant in Eldersburg.

Leister, 49, an apprentice operator II at the plant, designed and constructed a needed equipment storage building next to the treatment plant, saving the county approximately $25,000.

Wantz, 46, and Leister's supervisor, recommended that the county contract for the removal of waste, reducing the plant's expenses by $20,000 a year.

An exceptional service award was presented to administrative hearings coordinator Nancy David.

David's dedication and work ethic earned her a $500 savings bond and plaque.

The breakfast also honored 130 government employees who marked anniversaries of five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years with Carroll County government through June 30.

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