Hearing set on amendments

DIGEST

August 19, 2007

County staff and local law enforcement representatives presented to the Carroll commissioners a proposed code amendment to impose local regulations on pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers.

The amendment would: define terms; set forth defined hours of operation and other operating requirements; prohibit transactions with minors; specify certain record keeping requirements; specify holding periods; order the release of stolen property to law enforcement; grant law enforcement the right to enter and inspect; and provide for notices of violations and penalties.

A public hearing on the proposed amendments is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 28 in Room 311 of the County office Building.

A pre-hearing workshop is scheduled for 4 p.m. tomorrow in Room 105 of the County Office Building. Residents can meet with staff and ask questions about the proposals.

Copies of the proposed draft amendment are available on the county's Web site (ccgovernment.carr.org) and through the county attorney at 410-386-2030.

Volunteers needed for advisory board

The Carroll County commissioners are looking for volunteers for the county's Recreation & Parks Advisory Board.

The board's primary duty is to study and determine the park, recreation and open space needs of Carroll County. It serves as an advisory board providing recommendations regarding the planning, programming, evaluating and funding of recreation and parks facilities and programs.

The board holds seven meetings a year on the fourth Wednesday of February, March, May, June, July, September and October. All meetings are held in the evening except for those in March and October.

Membership consists of a four-year term and is limited to two consecutive terms.

Information: 410-386-2043.

Applicants sought for liaison post

The Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association has made its liaison position to the county government a full time job in the hope of attracting more applicants.

President Richard Green Sr. said the group voted to increase the position from part time to full time and set up a committee to rewrite a new job proposal.

Once the new job description is approved by the members, it will be advertised again, he said.

The group's liaison for the past 10 years, Leon Fleming, retired June 29. Among the applicants for the job was former commissioner Perry L. Jones, who was approved by CCVESA at its June meeting.

However, the county's Ethics Commission told Jones he could not take the job because of a clause saying former employees cannot work for any agency that receives county funding for two years after leaving employment with the county.

Gouge to vice chair NACo committee

Carroll County Commissioner Julia W. Gouge has been selected as a vice chair of the National Association of Counties' Environmental, Energy and Land Use Committee.

Gouge also serves as a member of NACo's board of directors, is vice chair of the committee's Subcommittee on Water, and previously held the chairmanship of NACo's Audit and Credentialing committees.

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