The City Department of Public Works has announced that Eastern WasteIndustries Inc. will be collecting trash on Memorial Day, May 27.

The affected areas are The Greens, Wakefield Valley and Carroll Meadows.



SYKESVILLE -- An opening ceremony for the new Sykesville Recycling Center will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, the Town Council announced Monday.

The center, at the new maintenance building behind theTown House, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Virtually all recyclableswill be accepted at the center, which is also open to non-residents,and people are urged to make use of the facility.

In other action:

* The Town Council deferred action on the proposed annexation onOklahoma Road until the town attorney prepares a resolution.

* Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. announced the annual Flag Day ceremony for 7 p.m. June 14. Officials will pause to say the Pledge of Allegiance on the Town House grounds.

* Police Chief Wallace P. Mitchell said that today is National Police Memorial Day, part of National Police Week. He welcomes visitors to the Town House police station to see it in operation.

* Site plans for the Jennifer Way Tot Lot were presented and discussed. Helt said about 20 families attended a meeting on the project and are seeking donations and selling raffle tickets to help pay for the lot.

* The council discussed problems it has been having with computer service contracts and programming from Basically Computers Inc. The council wants to meet with the company on those problems before taking any action.



TANEYTOWN -- Nutshell Enterprises Inc., the Jarrettsville firm hired by the city to test soil and water at the former site of underground storage tanks, adjacent to City Hall, reported there were no traces of petroleum or fuel oil.

"They found absolutely nothing," said City Manager Neal W. Powell.

Powell said a copy of the reporthas been mailed to the state Department of Environment. The city failed to notify the state as required when it removed the tanks last summer.

City officials said a gas station once occupied the site.



TANEYTOWN -- Mayor Henry I. Reindollar has asked council members James L. McCarron and W. Robert Flickinger to study a citizen's proposal to form council committees.

The proposal came on the heels of Reindollar's re-election as mayor. During the mayoral contest, council committees became an issue between Reindollar and challenger, Councilman Henry C. Heine Jr.

Heine has said committees are needed to better address issues that come before council.

Reindollar said committees create problems and divisions rather than assisting the council or city manager.



UNION BRIDGE -- The Town Council unanimously passed the fiscal 1992 budget with a 5.5 percent tax decrease at Monday's session.

Several residents attended the meeting, which also served as the public hearing on the proposed budget, but no one offered comments. The council was able to lower the rate from 72 to 68 cents in the light of increased water and sewer hook-up fees.

The owner of an average $130,000 home in town would pay $354 in townproperty taxes in addition to $1,222 in county property taxes.

Inother business, the council voted to purchase recycling bins, at cost of $5.93 each. The bins will replace the reusable bags, provided byHaden Trash Removal.

Members of the Recycling Committee will deliver the bins to town residents. Any resident who wants a lid for the bin will have to purchase it on his own, said Town Clerk Kathleen D. Kreimer.

The town has scheduled its spring clean up day for 8 noon Saturday.

Councilman Bret Grossnickle reported Stoskey Fence Co. had installed fencing around the sewage treatment plant at a cost of $1,700.

The town will be able to borrow the county's chipper to dispose of yard waste left at the plant.

"The fence will help to cut down illegal dumping at that site," said Mayor Edward L. Williar, presiding at his last session before his retirement May 27.

The council also voted to renew its $375 mosquito control contract with the state Department of the Environment. Council President Perry L. Jones Jr. said he would like to see more frequent spraying.

Jones also reported on the Water Conservation Committee, offering residents the loan of two video and several water-saving devices.

Councilapproved $950 in liability insurance for Ted Bertier, an engineer conducting the survey of the Bowman Springs property. The site will be annexed into town, allowing homeowners to hook into the town's water and sewer systems.


The 15 members of the Commission on Aging will continue their advisory role to the County Commissioners even after administrative changes, said Jolene Sullivan, director of the Department of Aging.

On July 1, the department willbe known as the Office on Aging, and come under a new entity to be called the Department of Citizen Services. Sullivan will head that department.

The director of the Office on Aging will be Jan Flora, now the assistant director of the Department of Aging.

At the Commission on Aging's monthly meeting yesterday, Sullivan told members their role will remain the same, to advise the County Commissioners on matters concerning Carroll County's senior citizens and the services the county provides them.

Sullivan also said services to seniors arenot to change because of the administrative reorganization.

The commission members decided yesterday to continue meeting monthly at least through the administrative changes over the summer. Sullivan had suggested meeting every other month unless there were pressing issues.

The commission meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of every month. Members include representatives from all the towns in Carroll County, as well as from agencies such as the Carroll County Health Department.



WESTMINSTER -- The City Council on Monday approved rezoning of 74 acres two developers want to use for 280 housing units.

The rezoning request came from developers Martin K. P. Hill and Richard Maring, who are planning Furnace Hills II, a mix of 157 single-family homes and 105 town houses.

The council approved the request to rezone the parcel from R-10,000, which allows four homes per acre, to PD-4, which allows about the same density but permits town house clusters.

The builders said a development that includes town houses would generate less traffic, fewer school-age children and less strain on public utilities, as well as provide 17 acres of open space.

The council also passed an amendment to the city zoning ordinance, designating the rezoning.

On both actions, Council President Kenneth J. Hornberger cast the decidingvote. Councilmen Edward Calwell and William F. Haifley voted in favor of the request. Councilman Samuel V. Greenholtz voted to deny the request.

Councilman Mark S. Snyder, also opposed to the request, voted by proxy because he was in the Persian Gulf on business.


The County Board of Zoning Appeals has granted permission to a Howard County developer to proceed with plans to build a 75-unit retirement home apartment complex in Eldersburg.

The board granted a zoning exception, or conditional use approval, to Richard C. Colandrea of Columbia to build the complex on a 6.8-acre tract off Liberty Road, zoned for half-acre residential lots.

"The retirement home apartment complex is an appropriate use of the property that will not adversely affect the adjoining properties," the decision says.

Colandrea must obtain county approval before building the apartments.

The proposed apartments, between Route 32 and Bonnie BraeRoad, would be one of the county's largest retirement apartment complexes.


The second Town/County Partnership Conference, once scheduled for mid-June, has been put on hold while countyofficials try to arrange for a guest speaker and make contact with newly elected municipal officials.

The first conference took place last December. County and municipal officials convened to discuss recommendations developed by "strategic planning groups" appointed by the commissioners in 1988 to study issues associated with Carroll's growth. The County Commissioners arranged the conference, saying they couldn't implement plans without cooperation from Carroll's eight municipalities.

The first conference focused on housing issues, farmland preservation and infrastructure. Participants divided into committees at that meeting and are expected to present recommendations at thenext conference.

County officials are trying to recruit a nationally recognized planning expert to be the speaker.

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