Western Maryland College has received a bequest of more than $1.3 million, the largest in its 124-year history, through the estate of E. McClure Rouzer, a 1907 graduate and longtime trustee of the college who died in 1980 at the age of 93.
Through his will, the prominent Baltimore attorney established two annuity trusts for the benefit of his two half-brothers and their spouses, with WMC named as the ultimate beneficiary.
The bequest represents the value of only one of the trusts.
The $1.3 million will be added to the previously established Rouzer Memorial Fund, increasing its principal to nearly $1.6 million. Rouzer'swill stipulates that only the annual earnings may be spent for the college's general operations, at the discretion of the board of trustees.
Rouzer served as a WMC trustee from 1952 until his death. He was chairman of the Finance Committee and served on the Executive Committee. A student residence hall on campus was named for him shortly after its construction in 1968.
Although Rouzer's bequest is likelyto grow, it already tops the college's previous record, $1.1 million, set in 1988 by the estate of Robert J. Gill, a member of WMC's Class of 1910 who for many years served with Rouzer on the board of trustees.
MORE CURBSIDE RECYCLING
A private waste hauler in the county will begin picking up his customers' recyclables at the curb, along with the regular garbage, in a six-month pilot project to start in July.
Joe Gover of S & B Hauling Inc. said his company will start notifying his more than 3,500 residential customers of the new service, which he said will not cost them extra. His routes are in unincorporated parts of the county, mostly between Westminster and Eldersburg, he said.
The only other curbside program in the county is in Union Bridge, where Jackson Haden of Haden Trash Removal and Phoenix Recycling started a curbside pickup about two years ago.
Haden and Goverare members of the Recycling Committee appointed by the County Commissioners to help meet a state mandate to recycle 15 percent of the county's waste by 1994.
"I figured it was about time to try something," Gover said. "My customers are calling here and saying, 'We'll recycle if you come get the stuff.' "
Gover is asking the customers to buy their own blue-tinted plastic bags from grocery stores for the recyclables. Customers will put paper, metal cans and glass and plastic bottles in one bag, which workers will hoist into a special compartment on the garbage truck the same time they pick up garbage.
Gover has arranged for Gamber-based Liberty Disposal and R & S Recyclingof Baltimore to transport and market the recyclables.
LIFE IS GOOD TO EXCELLENT
The vast majority of countians polled in a survey say their quality of life is good or excellent.
The poll, released Thursday, was prepared by the University of Baltimore Schaefer Center for Public Policy and Baltimore Regional Council of Governments.
It asked 2,500 central Maryland residents to rate life in their community and identify the region's most pressing concerns. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus five points.
In Carroll, 33.5 percent considered their community's quality of life excellent; 55.5 percent, good; 10.3 percent, fair, and 0.7 percent poor. When asked ifthe quality of life is better in their community than it was five years ago, 54.9 percent said better, 24.4 percent said worse and 20.7 percent said no change.
The environment is the issue most importantto the quality of life, a majority of countians said.
On growth, 81.1 percent of Carroll respondents said communities should limit development -- the highest percentage in the region -- and 52.1 percent consider it a community problem.
Co-author Don Haynes said the poll is "a gold mine" of information about how people define the qualityof life in tangible terms.
STUDENTS SUPPORT INCREASE
Some CarrollCommunity College students plan to attend the Baltimore County Community Colleges board of trustees meeting Wednesday to support a $2 increase in per-credit-hour tuition next year.
The board of trustees is considering a proposal to boost CCC's tuition from $37 to $39 per credit.
"From the students' perspective, it's much, much less thanat other colleges," said Pam Genco, a member of CCC's student government board who plans to attend the meeting in Essex.
She said students have been pleased with the quality of education at the communitycollege. She said she didn't think the increase would have a major impact on students' financial situations.
"It's definitely a value -- a valuable education here," she said. "To be honest, I don't thinka lot of students are aware of the increase."
Alan Schuman, CCC'sdirector of administration, said the tuition boost would particularly benefit CCC and Catonsville Community College, which have sustainedsignificant budget cuts. The small size of both schools makes it impossible to transfer funds to cover any deficits, he said.
"While we recognize the need for a tuition boost, we have concerns about the impact on the student population," Schuman said.
He said a $2 tuition boost would generate about $60,000 for CCC.
CITY REVIEWS CANDIDATES
A City Council committee is reviewing applications from more than 40 candidates for the city manager post.
City Manager Neal W. Powell said applications have come from across Maryland and other states. The committee reviewing the applications consists of Mayor Henry I. Reindollar Jr. and Councilmen W. Robert Flickinger and James L. McCarron.
Powell said he expected the committeeto bring a recommendation to the full council at its July 8 meeting.The city manager is appointed by the mayor with the approval of the council.
A salary has not been set for the position. City officials will set the salary based on the selected candidate's experience.
Powell, 70, planned to retire July 1. However, because he doesn't expect a successor to be on the job until August at the earliest, Powell plans to continue working for the city until then.
He has served as city manager for 13 years. The Kansas native, who has lived in the city since 1945, formerly served as mayor and councilman. He was elected to the council in 1957 and served as mayor for 11 years.
MEETING SET AT LIBRARY
A lengthy agenda awaits the City Council at tomorrow's meeting, which will be conducted at the Carroll County Public Library on Main Street.
The council conducted its June 10 meeting in the Dixon Room at the library in an effort to find an alternate location to the Council Chamber at City Hall.
Council members have expressed the desire to conduct regular meetingsat a location that is handicapped accessible, which is not the case with second-floor Council Chamber.
The council also has deemed theseating, acoustics and viewing for the audience at the Council Chamber as less than desirable. Because the library is a temporary meetingplace for the council, the members will discuss possible permanent sites for future sessions.
Also, at the meeting, a committee will present to the council suggestions on the possibility of creating a historic district in the city.
The Westminster Historic District Study Committee, formed four years ago, will make recommendations on howthe city can preserve the historic character of the downtown district.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
PLANNERS TO MEET
DATELINE: MOUNT AIRY
Town planners will review preliminary plans for Wildwood Park, a proposed 30-lot residential subdivision on RidgeAvenue.
The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall at 2 Park Ave.
Also, the Planning Commission will continue its review of recommended changes to the town's home occupation guidelines.
The commission also will set a date for the next workshop on the town's Master Plan, a blueprint for growth and development in Mount Airy that is revised every 10 years.
ROAD TO BE PAVED
A half-mile gravel stretch of Linton Road will be paved for $400,000 this summer, the County Commissioners decided last week.
Thegravel portion, in the 5400 block, is the only non-paved stretch of Linton Road.
The commissioners approved the repaving Tuesday afterPublic Works Director Jack Sterling told them the work would bring the road up to county standards. The unpaved section of road is sandwiched between two paved sections. The repaving will be completed sometime this summer.
REGIONAL LEADERS MEET
Commissioner Julia W. Gouge moderated a discussion on Baltimore-area issues last week, as the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments conducted its annual meeting.
Gouge led a discussion on issues ranging from pollution to planning. The panel included Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann and Maryland Environmental Secretary Robert Perciasep.
Of special interest to council members were the ramifications of the federal Clean Air Act and the National Surface Transportation Act.
In addition to moderating the panel discussion, Gouge was re-elected second vice chairwoman of the organization.
The regional council represents the Baltimore area in planning, business growth and quality-of-life issues. Membership includes the state government, the city of Baltimore and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.
MADD OFF AND RUNNING
Carroll's new Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter celebrated its organization last week with an official kick-off at the County Office Building.
The chapter, begun April 1, has about 40 members.President Shirley Hampt said MADD's objective is to make the public aware of the dangers of drinking and driving.
Hampt said that two out of every five people will be involved in an alcohol-related accident. She said she knows the organization cannot reach everyone.
Carroll's chapter marks the first time county MADD members have been able to form a group of their own. Phil Deitchman, the chapter's first vice president, said area residents were part of the organization's Northern chapter, a much larger group that included Baltimore and Cecil counties.
Among the initiatives MADD is supporting is an open-container bill for Maryland. The law would prohibit drivers or passengers from drinking alcoholic beverages while in a car.
THE GREENS ELECTS BOARD
New board members were elected at The Greens Homeowners' Association's general meeting Thursday.
Joe Plantholt and Jim Garns were elected to the board Thursday; vote totals were unavailable.
The new board will take office in two weeks.
About 25 of 709 eligible residents voted, said Dennis Frazier, the association's president, who successfully ran for re-election.
"I'm glad I got back in," he said. "I'm, of course, disappointed in the voter turnout."
In addition to Frazier, current board members Sharon Kuhl-Peeling, Rick Lombardi and Carol Martin were re-elected. Joseph Crown did not seek another term.
"I think one of the reasons wedon't get a lot of people is because, for the most part, things run smoothly," Frazier said. "The problems are being handled."
Those problems include the debate over the ownership of the storm water management pond, which the association claims was turned over to it without members' knowledge by Peer Construction Co., owner of The Greens. Along with ownership came responsibility for nearly $75,000 in upgrades.
The association agreed at Thursday's meeting to let its lawyerand the City of Westminster work together to get Peer to pay what itowes for the improvements, said Frazier, who ran fourth in the fieldof seven candidates for three City Council seats last month.
Members also will form a committee to review and consider changing the covenants, which were written in the 1970s.