NO-PARKING SIGNS OK'D

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Town Council voted Monday night to erect "No Parking" signs along Millard Cooper Drive.

Officials said the signs would reduce illegal traffic parking problems.

The council also designated the new Norris Avenue and Kalorama Road extension as snow emergency routes.

In other action:

* Dennis Karr was appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

* The council approved extending the storm drain project for Spout Hill Road to the inlet under the old train trestle with money left over from the town's community development block grant storm drain fund.

* Dinah Riley was appointed as full-time administrative assistant to Town Manager James L. Schumacher. Previously, she had been part time.

CHIPPER IS ON ORDER

NEW WINDSOR -- Because the town can no longer burn its yard waste, the Town Council has ordered a $7,500 wood chipper.

At last week's council session, Mayor James C. Carlisle appointed three councilmen to study sharing the chipper with Union Bridge. The committee will schedule a meeting with Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. of the neighboring town.

In other business, Neal Roop reported on hisefforts to locate a manufacturer for new town flags. He has been unable to find a supplier as yet due to increased orders for U.S. flags,he said.

Carlisle thanked the residents for cutting down on waterusage in light of the dry conditions. He said the town's water supply was "in good shape" and asked for continued conservation.

WATER CURB STILL ON

MANCHESTER -- The town's two-week voluntary cutback on outdoor water use will continue for at least two more weeks, the TownCouncil decided last night.

Like most other Carroll communities in the last month or so, Manchester has experienced a nearly 30 percent rise in water consumption in the face of this summer's abnormally small amount of rainfall.

The town's 2,689 residents combined have used an average of about 350,000 gallons of water a day for the last month, with usage ranging from a low of 269,000 on Monday to 385,000 gallons on June 29.

Should water use continue at that level, the council is expected to impose a mandatory ban on all outdoor water use, including lawn watering, car washing and pool filling.

The last mandatory ban was imposed for two weeks in July 1988.

"We'll have to look at this over the next two weeks," Mayor Earl A. J. "Tim" Warehime Jr. said. "If it doesn't improve, we'll have to go ahead and establish a mandatory ban."

Such a ban would include fines of $25 fora first-time offense and $50 for each subsequent offense.

Water use in town has been on a steady increase since the beginning of the year, Warehime said. In January, the average daily water consumption here was 226,000 gallons.

In other business during last night's meeting, the council:

* Continued discussion on its newly proposed Police Department manual. The manual, in the works for months, will outline the duties, responsibilities, rights and procedures applicable to police officers in town. Among the more controversial parts of the policy is its authorizing off-duty town police officers to carry concealed handguns outside of town.

Councilman Gerald Bollinger is concerned about such authorization.

"I certainly don't want to authorize concealed weapons for any purpose," he said.

Councilman Geoffrey Black will look into the authorization further.

* Canceled the Wednesday, July 24, meeting because the entire council will be in Ocean City for the annual Maryland Municipal League convention.

LAW IS CHANGED

In an attempt to bring more clarity and understanding to the county's storm water management ordinance, Carroll officials yesterday discussed changes in the document.

All three commissioners attended an hourlong briefing by Environmental Services head James E. Slater Jr. and members of his staff.

Among the concerns with the ordinance is a fear that some of the language could leave the county open to more violations of the ordinance.

The ordinance is intended to make sure future development does not cause serious runoff and erosion to neighboring properties.

"My concern is that this will continue to be a judgment call," County Commissioner Julia W. Gouge said. "Should it be a judgment call each and every time?"

WATER SAVING ASKED

WESTMINSTER -- With drought conditions leading to the depletion of the city's water reservoir, the City Council called on residents and businesses Monday to pitch in and conserve water.

Many municipalities in the area have asked citizens to cut back on water usage. But the council took the request one step further by asking businesses to voluntarily do what they can to reduce water use.

The council also urged conservation by those who live outside the city limits but are served by Westminster's water system.

Public Works Director Bill Mowell suggested that residents check for and fix leaking faucets,pipes and other bathroom and kitchen plumbing fixtures.

Residentsalso can save water by taking their cars to a car wash rather than washing them at home. Many commercial carwashes recycle the water theyuse, Mowell said.

Also, residents can capture rainfall and use itto water plants and flowers, he said. And residents can cut back on watering of lawns.

HOUSING STUDY EXPANDS

The county government's efforts to study and encourage affordable housing again will include advocates for low-income people as well as developers and private business.

The latest in a series of housing study groups -- the Affordable Housing Action Strategy Group -- now has only town and county government representatives on it.

The County Commissioners and County Executive Robert A. "Max" Bair asked L. Marie Kienker, housing bureau chief, to add private citizens to the group.

Members of the Housing Coalition, a grass-roots group working on affordable housing issues, met with commissioners last month and asked to be more informed and included in county decisions.

The Affordable Housing Action Strategy group has met several times and set three priorities, Kienker said:

* Housing for the elderly.

* A "fast track" to encourage affordable housing.

* State, federal and private finance programs that help people own homes.

Jolene Sullivan, director of the newlycreated Department of Citizen Services, said the most important developments in encouraging affordable housing will happen at the town level.

However, she and Kienker said they wanted more direction fromthe commissioners about their priorities.

Commissioners asked herto meet with them again to discuss a report with more than 60 recommendations by an earlier ad hoc group appointed by the county to studyhousing in 1990.

DRUNKEN-DRIVING BILL SET

Delegate Richard C. Matthews, R-Carroll, has pledged to sponsor a bill during the next General Assembly session requiring judges to order a Code 9 restriction onthe driver's license of anyone convicted of a second and separate drunken-driving offense.

The offenses would include refusing to takea Breathalyzer test or driving in violation of an alcohol restriction.

The bill would require the restriction -- which indicates the owner has been convicted of an alcohol-related offense -- to remain onthe license for five years. It would then be removed if the driver has remained free of any further drunken-driving convictions.

Officers can require a person with a Code 9 restriction to take a Breathalyzer test.

While many judges require the restriction be placed on the license after a second offense, others do not, Matthews said.

"Making the repeat drunken driver's license identify him, and thus take away his option to refuse a Breathalyzer test, is one more effective way to reduce drunken driving and its tragic toll on lives, property and the economy," Matthews said.

Copyright © 2019, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad
34°