WESTMINSTER - Members of the City Council approved an application for the state's Maryland Main Street Designation, a grant which awards $5,000 to cities with successful downtown revitalization projects.

"They look primarily for evidence of local downtown planning," said city Planning Director Thomas B. Beyard.

Applicants must show examples of previous planning, concrete projects where there has been cooperation between private industry and the government, how they will staff the project and how they will use the small amount of money to benefit downtown, he said.

In other city news:

* A request by the Carroll County Historical Society to use the Longwell Municipal Center for dance on May 11 was tabled, while the council looks into an ordinance prohibiting alcohol in city buildings.

* Council members approved a $17,600 contract with Whitney, Bailey, Cox and Magnani for engineering services on the Pennsylvania Avenue storm drain project, a $6,500 design contract with Davis and Renn for phosphorus removal at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and $19,500 to Davis and Renn to study possible modifications to the pumping station on Cranberry Road.

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