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COUNCIL DELAYS DECISION

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The council voted to delay any decision to place the town on the National Register of Historic Places until the July session.

"We needmore information," said Mayor James C. Carlisle at Wednesday's meeting. "We considered this a few years ago and decided against it."

Resident Micki Smith had attended the May meeting to advocate joining the register, stressing to the council the differences between it and historic districts.

"Residents here would not be restricted on exterior home improvements," she said.

Council also delayed a decision on annexing five acres of land on Route 31. The land could bethe site of a mail order business, if town water is made available.

In other business, the mayor swore in newly re-elected Councilmen Everett R. Ecker, D. Kenneth Grimes and Terry Petry.

The council also voted to allow Boy Scout Troop 391 to pick up recyclable items from the town's senior citizens.

The troop will begin the program July 20 and continue it on the third Saturday of each month.

STUDY TO BE PRESENTED

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

Details of the long-awaited citygovernment space-needs study will be presented tomorrow to the City Council.

Architects who conducted the $35,000 study for the city will make a formal presentation of their findings at the council meeting at 7:30 p.m. The council will convene location tomorrow in the Dixon Room at the Carroll County Library branch at 50 E. Main St.

Thestudy, released last month, and recommends developing a "campus-type" setting costing $3.4 million. The 68-page report calls for renovation of City Hall and a 10,000-square-foot addition, along with a new building for the police department.

Previously the council has conducted its twice-monthly meetings in the Council Chamber at City Hall.But during the campaign leading to the last month's election, the issue of chamber's suitability was raised, and some candidates called for seeking another location.

Some council members say City Hall isnot a good location because it is not accessible to the handicapped and it's difficult for the audience to see and hear adequately.

Depending on how the library meeting room works out tomorrow, the council may continue gathering there or explore the Volunteer Fire Companyor the Carroll County Office Building.

The space study, conductedby Cho, Wilks & Benn Inc. of Baltimore, was a central issue in the election, in which two incumbents lost their seats. The former councilput $1.3 million in the budget for the project although the formal report had not been released.

The new council later revised the budget and removed some of the money allotted for the project.

TRASH FEES ON AGENDA

DATELINE: SYKESVILLE

The Sykesville Town Council will once again wrestle with the problem of equitable trash collection andDumpster rental fees to the downtown business district at its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Town House, 7547 Main St.

The council has been working with the Sykesville Business Association to come up with a solution to the problem of covering the county's landfill tipping fees, half of which comes from the business district.

Also on the agenda is a Raincliffe Center loan update, open bids on public works equipment, Planning Commission appointments, status of Program Open Space grant projects, a recycling report and the HomesteadProperty Tax Credit.

The Capital Improvements Program will be discussed, along with leasing options for maintenance equipment for the town.

TEACHERS WRITE BOARD

A group of South Carroll High School teachers has written the Board of Education asking that it reconsider its stance on several non-economic issues that have led to an impasse between the board and the teachers association.

The board and the Carroll County Education Association, which represents about 1,300 teachers, reached an impasse in May after failing to agree on several issues, including smoke-free schools, sick-leave bank and mandated attendance at evening school functions.

An arbitrator held a hearing May 30 but wasn't able to resolve differences between the two groups.Another hearing is to be scheduled.

"Sadly, this year's negotiations have given many teachers the impression that their extra efforts have been taken for granted," the letter stated.

The CCEA, like other associations representing school workers, agreed to no pay raisesnext fiscal year, which begins July 1. CCEA officials have said it is unfair to add extra duties, such as mandated attendance at an evening school function, when teachers will not receive pay boosts.

Signed by 57 members of the South Carroll faculty, the letter includes alist of uncompensated activities teachers participate in. Among themare clubs and organizations, school committees, class sponsors, supervision of evening activities and after-school detention.

"We ask that you read the attached list and reconsider the instructions that you have given to your (negotiating) team," the letter stated.

Three associations representing custodial and maintenance workers, food service workers and administrators and supervisors have reached tentative contracts with the board.

Negotiations between the board and the association representing secretarial and clerical workers also reached an impasse. An arbitration hearing has not been scheduled yet.

BOARD AGENDA SET

The Carroll Board of Education has a lengthy agenda of business to conduct at its regular monthly meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Among the items up for consideration are revisions to thedistrict's drug/alcohol policies, a five-plan for school improvementand instructional materials for the 1991-1992 school year.

The proposed revisions to the drug-alcohol policy would soften some punishments and clarify wording on the use of over-the-counter and prescription drugs. The revisions are aimed at giving parents and students a better idea of what is allowed in school.

The changes to the policy, in effect since 1989, come about five months after two kindergartenstudents received two-day suspensions from Westminster Elementary School for possession of prescription heart medicine.

Some of the modifications include lighter punishments for students under age 7 and a provision that would allow students barred from extracurricular activities to resume practicing the final 20 days of the season.

Someof the goals of the five-year school improvement plan include improving student thinking skills, exceeding state standards in math, English, science and social studies and requiring all students to completecourses in algebra and geometry before graduating from high school.

A committee of educators developed the goals after reviewing some 70 recommendations made by a task force of parents, teachers, administrators and community and business leaders last fall.

The meeting will be held in Room 271 of the Board of Education office, Westminster.

TANEYTOWN AGENDA SET

DATELINE: TANEYTOWN

The City Council is expected to consider a revised sprinkler ordinance that will require sprinklers in some new commercial construction and in building renovations under certain conditions.

Under consideration by the council are recommendations to require sprinkler systems in new single-story buildings 8,500 square feet or larger and multi-story buildings 10,500square feet or larger.

The council will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the city office.

Housing study begins

County residents could get a phone call and even a visit from surveyors and engineers carrying outa study of the condition of rental and owner-occupied housing in Carroll.

The comprehensive study will be done by Legg Mason Realty Group Inc., which successfully bid on the project and was hired by the county at $33,000. About $10,000 comes from a federal Community Development Block Grant to pay for the study, and the rest is from the housing and planning departments' budgets.

A significant number of Carroll's lower-income apartments don't meet minimum standards, said J.Curtis Turner, community development administrator for the county's Bureau of Housing and Community Development.

"That's our hunch," he said, but in order to get state and federal money to loan to landlords for fixing the apartments, the county needs to verify the need through the study.

The eventual goal is to set up a $1 million revolving loan fund at a 2 percent interest rate.

With lower interest rates, landlords won't have to increase rents in order to fix the apartments, Turner said. The existing problems include everything from plumbing to lead paint, he said.

Turner said the assistance fund canhelp low-income homeowners to improve their homes.

In addition todocumenting the need for the state and federal grants, the study will help the planning department record all kinds of information on housing at various moderate- and low-income levels.

The information can help the county learn how it can encourage more affordable housing.

Turner said the study will begin within a few weeks and take 120days. Some residents will get calls, and others will get visits fromengineers who will inspect the condition of the homes.

IMAGING UNIT ACCREDITED

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

The Mammography Imaging Service of Carroll County General Hospital was awarded accreditation by the American College of Radiology.

X-ray mammography, a diagnostic tool that uses low-dosage radiation to create an image of the breast on film, can detect breast cancer in its early stages, when treatment is most effective.

Accredited programs must meet national standards inthe training of radiologists who read the films and the training andexperience of the technologists who perform the studies.

All CCGHradiologists are certified by the American College of Radiology, andall technologists are registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Equipment and film quality must also meet stringent requirements. CCGH screens 4,000 to 5,000 women each year, said KenGeiger, the hospital's director of imaging.

Information: 857-6888and 857-6889.

SEWER LOAN CHANGED

DATELINE: MANCHESTER

Paying for the town's $11 million sewage treatment plant expansion could get a little easier over the next several years, as the town formally approves a renegotiated payment plan on its long-term bonds used to pay forthe project.

During the regular Town Council meeting Tuesday night, the council is expected to approve the renegotiated terms of the bond agreement with First National Bank of Maryland. Under the new terms, interest payments on the $11 million project will continue to be tied to the prime rate. That rate -- charged by banks to its best commercial customers -- has been used for the last several years as a determining factor in the interest payments made by the town.

What the renegotiated agreement calls for is simply extending the amount oftime the interest payments can be tied to the prime rate until the third phase of the three-phase project is completed.

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