Middlebrooke Trail to be discussed

CARROLL DIGEST

October 21, 2007

The Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold a public meeting to discuss the Middlebrooke Trail project at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Westminster Senior and Community Center, 125 Stoner Ave.

The Middlebrooke Trail is planned to start at the Old Robert Moton School and Health Department Complex, run behind the Middlebrooke neighborhood, join Center Street near the Farm Museum entrance and continue to Landon C. Burns Park for a length of just over one mile.

Staff members will present plans for the trail, accept public comments and answer questions regarding the project.

Information: 410-386-2102.

Commissioners get emergency plan

The county staff recently presented the county commissioners with proposed Emergency Operations and Hazard Mitigation plans.

The Emergency Operations Plan establishes the roles and responsibilities of county government and local agencies during emergencies or major disasters.

It is designed to prepare the county for emergencies by establishing procedures for marshaling and coordinating resources and selecting the organizations that will be involved. The plan addresses virtually all aspects of dealing with any kind of emergency.

The Hazard Mitigation Plan describes actions designed to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to human life and property from a hazardous event.

A public hearing on the proposed amendments will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday Nov. 29 in Room 311.

A pre-hearing workshop for the public to meet with staff and ask questions will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Room 105 of the County Office Building.

Copies of the proposed plans are available at ccgovernment.carr.org, public library branches and through the county attorney at 410-386-2030.

Taneytown project topic of meeting

The State Highway Administration will hold an informational public meeting on the Taneytown Streetscape Project from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the firemen's activity building at Memorial Park.

Topics to be discussed include the deteriorating roadway, sidewalks and drainage conditions along Route 140 between Harney Road and Route 832.

A detour route during construction, and details of improvements, will be provided.

Project team members will answer questions from residents about the project.

Information: 800-323-6742.

Hampstead seeks tree-planting help

The Hampstead Tree Commission is seeking volunteers to help plant 19 trees and 13 shrubs at the municipal park on Saturday.

Hampstead will supply the mulch and trees, and dig the holes. The park is at the ends of Dakota Road and Christopher Way.

The park and this planting project is part of the Department of Natural Resources' Program Open Space.

Information: 410-239-7408.

Commissioners plan community meeting

The county commissioners will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Harney fire hall on Harney Road to hear comments and listen to citizen concerns on issues that affect the county.

There is no agenda for the meeting. Anyone can discuss any topic or issue of concern in an informal setting.

Information: 410-386-2043.

County restricts raffle permits

The county government will no longer issue raffle permits for casino nights, poker tournaments and other fundraising events based on card games.

The county state's attorney's office has determined that such fundraisers violate state gambling laws.

All previously issued permits remain valid.

Anyone with specific concerns or questions can call Comptroller Robert M. Burk at 410-386-2085, or County Attorney Kimberly A. Millender at 410-386-2030.

Transit plan draft released

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board has released a revised draft of the executive summary of Transportation Outlook 2035, the long-range transportation plan for the Baltimore region, for public review and comment.

Residents may view the document until Nov. 13 at www.baltometro.org, in the Regional Information Center at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, 2700 Lighthouse Point East, third floor, Baltimore, key public libraries, and local planning offices.

After hearing community comments, the members of the transportation board agreed to defer six highway projects to provide additional funding for MARC, to build an East Baltimore station to serve the Bayview campus and connect with a proposed Red Line extension to Bayview.

Federal planning guidelines require that funds be available for all projects included in the long-range plan. The BRTB estimates that $33.4 billion will be available to operate, maintain and expand the region's transportation network through 2035.

The BRTB will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Baltimore office.

Information: 410-732-9566.

Human services volunteers sought

Human Services Programs of Carroll County is seeking volunteers for critical programs that serve those in need this winter.

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