NAME CHANGE NIXED
WESTMINSTER -- The Board of Directors of Carroll County General Hospital have indefinitely tabled a name change for the hospital, bowing to the advice of an ad hoc committee formed to address the issue.
A key factor in the decision was the time and expense involved in a name change.
Hospital management surveyed other hospitals that underwent name changes and determined such a change could cost as much as $200,000 and take two years to implement.
Given that the hospital recently undertook a major capital campaign, there were concerns that the moneycould be better spent on new programs, services and equipment.
CCGH also found that many members of the community opposed revising the existing name.
The board did note that one positive benefit of a name change would be to recognize the major growth at the hospital inrecent years.
New services and technologies have been added to the hospital's capabilities and more are planned. CCGH also is enhancing existing services and modernizing some units.
The medical staff affiliated with the hospital also has grown significantly in recent years, both in existing and new specialties.
RECYCLE USED OIL LOCALLY
The Carroll County Recycling Office reports that 10,275 gallons of oil were deposited into tanks provided by the county and local towns during 1990.
Nine county locations participated in the MarylandUsed Oil Recycling Program, which recycles all oil collected at the sites.
County residents are encouraged to properly deposit used oil at the following sites:
* Northern Landfill, 1400 Baltimore Blvd. (Route 140), Westminster.
* Hoods Mill Landfill, 7901 Kabik Court, Sykesville.
* Hampstead Town Maintenance Garage, 4031 Gill Ave., available 24 hours.
* Manchester Town Garage, 3351 Victor St., available 24 hours.
* Mount Airy Maintenance Garage, 215 Prospect St., available 24 hours.
* Westminster Public Works, 105 Railroad Ave., available 24 hours.
* Sykesville Public Works Garage, Raincliffe Road.
* New Windsor Maintenance, Geer Lane.
* Taneytown Recycling Building, Park Drive.
Used antifreeze also is accepted at Northern Landfill and Hoods Mill Landfill.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US
GREENMOUNT -- In celebration of one year of public service, the North Carroll Library played host to about 500 people on Saturday.
Clowns, storybook characters and several musical ensembles from area schools entertained visitors as they heard stories, had their faces painted and sampled lots of pizza.
"We had quite a day," said Hampton "Skip" Auld, branch librarian. "It wasan overwhelming response and people had a wonderful time."
The facility -- which opened on Feb. 9, 1990 -- houses 40,000 books, cassettes, videotapes and compact disks in 16,000 square feet, he said.
"When we started out, we had 28,000 items and had already outgrown the facility at Northeast," Auld said, referring to the old 2,000-square-foot library on Main Street in Hampstead.
"(The new library) looked somewhat bare, but people commented on how wonderful it was to have this building."
Fiscal year to date circulation figures show a 135 percent increase over a similar period last year, said Gail Griffith, assistant director of the Carroll County Public Library.
Fiscal 1991 began July 1.
"(The figures are) just about what we had predicted," she said. "The community has really received this branch."
Griffith said 78,841 items circulated between July 1, 1989, and Jan. 31, 1990; 185,210 items have been borrowed since July 1.
Auld said the library usually receives the same new books that the Eldersburg and Westminster branches do. However, they have selected additional materials this year based on community requests.
"Whenever a patron has asked for a book not in our own collection, we have noted it down and decided whether to purchase it," he said. "We are respondingto requests expressed in the community and really responding to their needs."
MAYORAL SEAT SOUGHT
TANEYTOWN -- Councilman Henry C. Heine Jr. has announced his candidacy for mayor.
Heine, who has served on the five-member council for two years, is challenging longtime Mayor Henry I. Reindollar, who has served in the position for12 years. Also seeking the office is George Dodson.
Heine has served on the town's Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Appeals.
In seeking the four-year term, Heine said, "The citizens of Taneytown like my position on growth, which is to keep growth in linewith the ability to provide public services. Also, in the past year several people have encouraged me to run because they want to have a choice between candidates."
Reindollar ran unopposed in the last election.
Heine is married to the former Linda Weller. The couple has two children, Michele, 12, and Cathy, 10.
TANEYTOWN -- Town council is reviewing an ordinance requiring that sprinkler systems be installed in all new construction projects to determine whether building additions should be included.
Currently, the ordinance applies to all new commercial construction and town homes and duplexes. Single-family homes are exempt from the ordinance.
Council member Jacquelyn J. Polk said there is some concern about whether the ordinance applies to building additions, as well.
"We're trying to clarify the ordinance," she said.
AGE LOBBIES FOR SENIORS
The Advocacy Group for the Elderly in Carroll County will be organizing a visit to the General Assembly next month, and starting a letter-writing campaign to Congress about proposed cuts to Medicare and other legislation.
Also, AGE needs members, said Geoffrey Black, a Manchester lawyer, town council member and chairman of AGE. Although Black is only 39, most members of AGE are seniors representing various groups such as the American Association of Retired Persons and the Random House Alumni Club. It is an offshoot of the legislative committee of the Carroll County Commission on Aging.
Black said the group tries to have representation from throughout the county, and especially needs members from South Carroll.
The advocacy group meets at 9 a.m. the first Monday of every month, usually at the Westminster Senior Center on Schoolhouse Avenue.
Members will visit Annapolis March 11 to talk with the local delegation and sit in on a morning session, Black said. In addition to keeping track of legislationand advocating senior issues, the group also encourages private citizens to write elected officials and stay informed, Black said.
Jolene Sullivan, director of the Department of Aging, said she would like AGE also to keep an eye on the scheduled review of the federal Older Americans Act this year. She said Congress may be asked to make cuts in services for seniors, and require higher fees to seniors for some services now offered free or at a reduced cost.
BYRON BOOSTS TARGET
Two Carroll County not-for-profit agencies are among the eight benefiting from the $27,047 raised by Representative Beverly B. Byron, D-6th, through her annual Golf Classic last summer.
Byron is expected to give checks this week to Target Inc. and Hospice of CarrollCounty.
Target was the lead agency -- the one Byron chooses each year to get the majority of what is raised in the golf classic. Target received $7,769, and Hospice and the other six agencies from throughout Byron's district received $2,689 each.
Target is based in Carroll County, and serves developmentally disabled children and adults here and in Frederick and Montgomery counties. The programs include residential care, vocational training and other services. Target and its clients operate the Winchester Country Inn at 430 S. Bishop St.
The money from the golf classic will go toward the purchase of a $200,000 parcel on Deep Creek Lake, where Target has operated a summer vacation program for disabled children, said Donald Rabush, chief executive officer of Target.
The purchase of the property and a planned new building will allow the program also to take adults, and to operate more weeks during the summer, said Rabush.
Hospice of Carroll County will get its grant today from Byron, and use it for general services, said Susan Humbert, executive director of the agency based at 30 Carroll St.
Hospice trains volunteers to offer free support to people who are terminally ill, and also to their families during the illness and after the death. The agency also offers home health care for a fee, usually paid through insurance or Medicare.
The fifthannual Golf Classic was played at the Holly Hills and West Wind country clubs in Frederick. Patrons who donated money to play in the tournament included Byron's constituents and several other members of Congress.
GRANTS COULD HELP RECYCLE
If a proposed grant program to help local governments recycle makes it through the state budget process, Carroll County would apply for it, probably to help implement curbside recycling, said James E. Slater, director of the Department ofNatural Resources Protection.
Gov. William Donald Schaefer's proposal included possible uses for the grants, using an example of $100,000 to Carroll. However, Slater said the program hasn't been approvedyet, and if it is, Carroll isn't guaranteed the money -- the county would have to apply.
"If it's a grant, sure (we'll apply,)" Slatersaid. One possible use of the money would be to purchase plastic bins for residents to store their recycleables and put on the curb for pick up.
COUNCIL CANCELS MEETING
Monday night's regularly scheduled meeting of the City Council was canceled shortly before the session because not enough members could attend.
Councilman Mark Snyder was out of town, while William Haifley is recovering from surgery last week.
Four members of the five-member council must be present for the council to have a quorum and thus be able to conduct meeting, said City Clerk John Dutterer.
Council members Edward Calwell and Samuel Greenholtz were present Monday.
Haifley originally thought he would be able to attend the meeting, but decided otherwise late Monday.
Despite canceling the regular meeting,the council proceeded with a public hearing on a rezoning request (See story, Page 7). The council was able to continue with the hearing because a stenographer was recording the session, for the benefit of the absent members.
All items that were on Monday's agenda will berescheduled for the council's Feb. 25 meeting, said Dutterer. That meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
TOWN HOSTS COUNTY MEET
The Carroll County Chapter of the Maryland Municipal League will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Fergie's Restaurantto discuss the possibility of hiring a municipal agent.
Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. said the agent would be a liaison between the eight towns and the county commissioners. It is an idea that has been bandiedabout for some time and may possibly come to a vote at next week's meeting, he said.
Also at Monday night's Town Council meeting:
*Any decision on increasing town Dumpster fees was deferred until a report from Town Attorney Dennis Hoover could be heard.
Town Manager James L. Schumacher suggested an ordinance assessing Dumpster feesper business rather than property owner would be appropriate.
* It was announced that the town should be receiving reimbursements fromProgram Open Space and State Aid grants within the next month.
Similar money from the state recycling program has not been received and Schumacher said he is calling daily to inquire about that program'sstatus.
* Helt said he is asking for an update of town committee members and meetings in the hope of re-activating volunteerism in thetown.
"There are issues that need to be looked at and recommendations made that the council by itself can't do," Helt said.
BUREAU CHIEF SELECTED
Al W. Balchunas of Hanover, Pa., became Carroll County bureau chief of accounting on Jan. 31.
Heis responsible for directing and managing accounting procedures and tax collection, as well as ensuring accurate reporting of county financial transactions.
Other duties include overseeing landfill fee collection and implementing the new county payroll system.
The 47-year-old has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.
He also attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the graduate accounting program at Shippensburg University, also in Pennsylvania.
HEARING SET ON ROUTES
The County Commissioners will listen to citizencomments at a public hearing on transportation fund applications at 2 p.m. Friday at the County Office Building, 225 N. Court St.
The Department of Aging has applied for $158,727 to meet its transportation needs for fiscal 1992 from the state. Money obtained through the Statewide Special Transportation Assistance Program provides transportation for elderly and handicapped people.
The county is considering converting the present routes, which serve seniors, to fixed routesserving the general public.
"We hope this change will increase usage without increasing miles," said Marjorie Bachmann, administrativeservices analyst with the Department of Aging.