THUMBS UP: Carroll countians who live in the Union Mills-Silver Run area had to be heartened by the update given at Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting regarding the to-be-built Charles Carroll Community Center. Charles Carroll Elementary School closed at the end of the 2015-2016 school year and was later demolished, leaving a void in the community. To help fill that, the county plans to build a community center on the old school site and, Thursday, the commissioners voted to spend $7,500 for additional design and engineering services related to locating a septic field, bringing the project one step closer to reality. Project manager Kirk Engel told the commissioners his hope is that construction of the community center will begin in late November, though he said early December is a possibility. When complete, the community center will provide a 13,000-square-foot gymnasium with lines drawn for basketball and volleyball, Engel said. When there isn’t a pandemic, it’ll be able to seat upwards of 300 people. Engel hopes the center can open to the public in June 2021. The county has budgeted approximately $4.1 million for the project. “Timeline, overall, is going pretty well,” Engel told us. That’s good news. Carroll, in general, and that area, specifically, is in need of recreational facilities and the community center will be a welcome addition.