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CAPITAL BUDGET PASSES

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Town Council Monday night unanimously passed a $60,541 capital improvements program budget that provides money to lease a new utilitytruck and tractor with boom mower.

Following discussions with theSanitation and Public Works departments, the council has leaned toward leasing, rather than purchasing, the much-needed equipment.

The leasing arrangement would allow the town to purchase the equipment over a period of several years, with the cost being spread evenly on an annual basis.

In other business:

* Mayor Lloyd R. HeltJr. appointed five people to the Planning Commission. The members and the date their terms expire are: Jonathan Herman, council representative, Bruce Fernalld and Denise Larsen, December 1993; Paul Sabatiukand Anita Huddleston, July 1996.

* The council voted unanimously against joining the pact between the County Commissioners and the seven towns that have Prestige Cable franchise agreements to increase the money from franchise fee revenues.

The proposal limits the amount of money paid to governments for the franchise by giving any amountin excess of a formula-based figure to the Cable TV Trust Fund.

*The council accepted a bid from Bill Triplett of Finksburg to buy the town's 1965 Ford tractor for $1,600.

* The council awarded a contract to Underwood Electric for $460 to provide hook-ups and wiring for four historic lampposts in Millard Cooper Park.

AGING GOALS CONTINUE

Commission on Aging members aren't worried about the reorganization of the Department of Aging, said Chairman Clyde E. Kreitzer after a meeting yesterday.

"The commission will still be the advisory board," Kreitzer said.

The 15-member board advises the County Commissioners and the administrators of the Department of Aging, which after July 1 will become the Bureau of Aging, under the newly created Department of Citizen Services.

That department also will include social services, transportation and day care.

"We're just going to see how this reorganization works out," Kreitzer said. "What they're trying to do is save some money."

He said he doesn't feel the reorganization by the County Commissioners slights the Department of Aging by downgrading it to a bureau.

"The name doesn't make any difference," he said. "We still have the same goals."

Jolene Sullivan, now director of the Department of Aging, will be the director of the Department of Citizen Services. Her assistant director, Jan Flora, will head the Bureau of Aging as of July 1.

SMOKE BAN PROPOSED

DATELINE:WESTMINSTER

Smokers who work in City Hall, your days of lighting up at the office are numbered, says Mayor W. Benjamin Brown.

On Monday, the mayor said he plans to issue an executive order banning smoking at City Hall starting Aug. 1.

The order would ban all smokingin the building and would affect citizens who enter City Hall.

Brown announced his plans during Monday's City Council meeting, which was conducted in the Dixon Room at the Carroll County Library on Main Street.

The executive order also would extend to city-owned and -leased office spaces other than City Hall.

"I think the time is right," said Councilman Kenneth A. Yowan, who himself is trying to kick the habit.

In other action Monday, the council:

* The council tabled a resolution that would update the council's rules of procedure. Councilwoman Rebecca A. Orenstein called for delaying action on the18-page measure, saying more time was needed to study it. Most council members received the ordinance four days before the meeting.

* Extended the trial period of free parking at the Key Street parking lot through the end of the year. Free parking was begun at the lot in April, in an attempt to draw people who are visiting the downtown district and parking on nearby residential streets.

* Agreed to prohibit parking on Main Street between Washington Road and Colonial Avenue from 5 to 7 a.m. on Fridays for street cleaning.

VOLUNTEER IS NEEDED

DATELINE: SYKESVILLE

The South Carroll branch of the American Heart Association is looking for a volunteer to act as secretary for the AHA Leadership Committee, which meets at Fairhaven three times a year.

The secretary would be responsible for coming to the meetings,taking and typing the minutes and mailing them to the branch leadership members.

All necessary materials will be provided by AHA.

Information: 876-1029 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NO MONEY FOR SWIMMERS

DATELINE: TANEYTOWN

The City Council turned down a swimming team's request for $1,000 to support its activities, but a couple of councilmembers offered to find money through a civic organization.

"I'llsee that you get our money," Councilman W. Robert Flickinger told a swimming team representative who showed up at council's Monday meeting.

Flickinger, like Councilman Henry C. Heine Jr. and Mayor Henry I. Reindollar Jr., is a member of the Lions Club.

Greg Brown told the council the money is needed to pay for the team's coach and for the purchase of 48 swimming suits.

Heine said he was opposed to thecouncil donating any money because the city has cut back its fiscal 1992 budget. The cutbacks, he said, included lower salary raises for city workers.

DSS CUTS PROPOSED

Carroll's foster parents will see their monthly county subsidy drop by a third starting in July, as theDepartment of Social Services begins to adjust an increasingly tighter fiscal 1992 budget.

The reduction in the monthly subsidy from $15 a child to $10 a child was necessary, budget and social services officials told the commissioners Monday.

The subsidy this year had started out at $20 a child per month, officials said.

The state's monthly foster care subsidy of $535 per child will not be affected, officials said.

The Department of Social Services' total budget forthe year beginning July 1 is $135,265, a $3,045 reduction from the current year's $138,310.

The monthly subsidies were not the only cuts made. Social Services cut funding for its Foster Parents Banquet, slashing its budget from $2,000 to $500.

The cuts came at the request of the Department of Management and Budget after DSS approached them for additional funding.

Budget director Steven D. Powell told commissioners Monday that when it became clear that social services was not likely to receive any additional funding, he asked social services official to restructure the money they already have.

According to DSS director Alex Jones, the reduction in the foster parents program was the least damaging cut.

Jones said the department's otheroptions were laying off department personnel or eliminating the adult foster care program. Layoffs would have a direct impact on the agency's clients, Jones said. And, because the adult foster care program is funded directly by the county, if county funds were cut, it would have to have been eliminated, he said.

The adult foster care program provides shelter in a home for adults caught in emergency situations such as eviction. It usually provides shelter for about five people each night.

The Department of Social Services' cuts are just several that are affecting nearly every department in county government.Powell and his office have been grappling with a budget that is developing bigger deficits almost monthly. The proposed $115 million spending plan for 1992 is more than 2 percent below this year's $117 million budget.

All county departments are in the middle of a hiring and salary freeze, travel reductions and other cost-containment measures.

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