The Carroll County Office of Environmental Services wants to make citizens residing in new housing developments aware of the danger of leaving trees staked for an extended period of time.
Staking provides support when trees are first planted, guarding against toppling andallowing the tree an opportunity to establish anchoring roots beyondthe root ball.
As the tree grows, it will expand into the wires until it is choked to death.
Wiring should be removed one year after planting. Wooden stakes can be slowly pulled out of the ground or cleanly broken off at ground level and discarded.
Developers and landscape contractors are not responsible for the removal of stakes.
PHONE BOOKS COMING
The Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co.will be delivering its new Westminster directory through July 24.
New in this year's book is information on recycling. Two pages in the community interest section contain a list of recycling locations throughout the county and information on what items can be recycled at the various locations.
Highlighted on the directory's cover are photographs depicting recreational activities around Maryland. The backcover carries a map defining the area served by the directory.
The Westminster directory includes listings for Hampstead, New Windsor,Silver Run, Taneytown, Union Bridge, Westminster and nearby Littlestown, Pa.
The directory will be supplemented by an Error CorrectionList for any incorrect listings that are reported to C&P.; Customers have until Aug. 26 to contact the business office to report an incorrect or incomplete listing in either the white or yellow pages.
A list of corrected names and numbers will be printed and sent to all area customers.
Information: (301) 694-4911.
The lengthy list of Carroll school system accomplishments presented to the Board of Education will be the last of its kind, according to Brian L. Lockard, assistant superintendent for instruction.
Next year's report will present student achievement outcomes, reflecting implementation of the district's five-year school improvement plan, which includes Maryland School Performance Program requirements, Lockard said.
The report will answer the question, "Did we we make a difference in student achievement?" he said.
The locally initiated school improvement program, developed from the recommendations of a task force of teachers, parents, business and community leaders, focuses on boosting student achievement, life skills and vocational career awareness.
However, the 1990-1991 report, presented to the board lastweek, remains the most important document school officials will review this year, Lockard said. It includes pages of accomplishments in several categories, such as school improvement, curriculum, personnel,staff development, management, guidance, community relations, financial and health safety.
"We're in the business of making sure all students are successful," Lockard said.
Among the accomplishments of the past school year were the implementation of an Even Start family literacy program, which combines adult education, parenting education and early childhood education. The purpose of the program is to improve the basic skill levels of parents to enable them to serve as their children's first teacher and at the same time improve their own education level.
Other accomplishments ranged from renaming the county's vo-tech school to the Carroll County Career and Technology Center to expanding clubs and after school programs at various schools.
Highlighting achievements in each of the categories were administrative heads, such as Peter B. McDowell, directory of secondary schools; Dorothy D. Mangle, director of elementary schools; William R. Rooney, director of personnel and Cynthia A. Little, supervisor of guidance.
Besides accepting that report, the school board approved goals for the 1991-1992 school year. They include meeting or exceeding the state's satisfactory standards on the Maryland functional tests in reading, math, writing and citizenship next year.
In addition, the goals include making progress in developing or modifying the curriculum to enable students to meet or exceed the state's Criterion Referenced Test requirements in language arts, math, science and social studies by 1992.
The Carroll school board appointedPamela J. Ayres of Columbia as principal of Eldersburg Elementary School, succeeding Richard Hanson, who resigned at the end of the school year.
Ayres, formerly principal at Charles Carroll Elementary School, has taught Winfield and William Winchester elementary schools and served as an assistant principal at William Winchester.
The board appointed Robert C. Bruce of Westminster as principal of Charles Carroll, replacing Ayres. Bruce is an assistant principal in the Howard County school system, where he has worked for 13 years.
In otherbusiness, the board will meet 8 a.m. Friday to approve an architect for the planned renovation of Mechanicsville Elementary School.
SHORTER METER HOURS?
WESTMINSTER -- The City Council introduced a resolution Monday that would reduce hours of enforcement of parking metersfor a 90-day trial period.
If the measure is passed, enforcement of parking meters will end at 3 p.m. on weekdays instead of 6 p.m.. Meters also would not be enforced on Saturdays.
The move is aimed at making downtown shopping and visiting more convenient. The council will take a final vote on the measure at its Aug. 12 meeting.
Alsoon Monday, the council passed a resolution giving the police chief authority to make temporary traffic control changes -- such as closingan alley or suspending enforcement of parking meters to allow space for a moving van -- without having to get approval from the council.
COUNCIL TO FILL VACANCY
HAMPSTEAD -- Town Council members could decide as early as tomorrow whom to appoint to fill a vacancy on the board.
The council meets at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Town Hall, 1034 S. Carroll St.
The vacancy was created when Mayor C. Clinton Becker was elected in May, leaving two years of his term as a councilman.
So far, at least three residents have written letters to Becker expressing their interest. They are Jacqueline Hyatt, Gordon Craig and Matthew Grice.
Town Manager John A. Riley said the council will discuss water usage, but is not likely to pass any bans or moratoria because usage has declined.
Water usage had shot up to 394,000 gallons a day during June, mostly because of outdoor use such as watering lawns, Riley said.
But news of higher water rates starting July 1 may have prompted the recent decline in use, Riley said. Since July2, he said, usage has hovered at or under 300,000 gallons a day.
STREAM GETS ATTENTION
WESTMINSTER -- The County Commissioners have put their weight behind a resident's long fight to clean a stream that flows along Railroad Avenue.
The commissioners sent a letter to the Maryland Department of the Environment asking for help in looking into complaints by Monroe Haines of Geneva Drive.
For 10 years, Haines, 69, has been a watchdog of the stream, which is an unnamed tributary of the West Branch of the Patapsco River. The stream flows toward Liberty Reservoir, which is part of the Baltimore City public watersupply.
The commissioners expressed concern about the industry and urbanization along the stream, and pollution that could come from storm sewers and surface runoff.
Haines last month took county and state officials for a tour of the stream, in which he pointed out many of his concerns.
The commissioners sent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several state delegates a copy of the letter they wrote to the MDE.
Haines said Friday he was glad to have the commissioners show interest in cleaning up the stream, but that he has spent much of the last two years calling the MDE and the U.S. EPA.
"I've got my fingers crossed, but I'm not going to cross them too tight," Haines said.
HEALTH DEPT. HAS SURPLUS
The Carroll County Health Department presented the County Commissioners with a big end-of-the-year present this week -- a check for $50,000 with a promise of up to $185,000 more to come after accountants at the state level finish auditing the last fiscal year.
Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Elmer C. Lippy said the money probably will go into the county's contingency fund, which is very low this year.
The Health Department hasthe money left over from the fiscal year that ended June 30, mainly because of many positions that went unfilled and a generally prudent spending policy, said Health Officer Dr. Janet Neslen.
Neslen saidmany positions in the Bureau of Environmental Health went unfilled because of the difficulty in attracting good candidates who prefer to work in the private sector for higher pay.
Neslen and Deputy Health Officer Larry Leitch said the large surplus was a nice surprise, considering that in February, they were worried about coming to the commissioners with a deficit the county would be obligated to cover.
When the surplus became evident, they decided to return it to the county instead of spending it. The county contributes about 21 percent of the department's $10 million budget, with the rest coming from state and federal grants and matching programs.
"We didn't want to alienate (the county) in case we really need them in the future," Leitchsaid.
Neslen said the Health Department hasn't had a deficit for several years, and she has typically returned $140,000 or more a year.
This year's surplus is the largest she knows of, she said.
The Health Department has suffered cuts this year from state grants to the Addictions Bureau. However, the surplus came from different accounts that couldn't be used to cover those earlier cuts.
TOWNS PUSH RECYCLING
The mayors of Carroll's eight municipalities told the County Commissioners on Thursday that their constituents were ready and willing to recycle.
But they want the commissioners to start moving on a county recycling policy.
And, the mayors said at their quarterly meeting, they would like to see such a policy include curbside collection and an active development of markets for recycled products.
The commissioners, who have turned the recycling program over to the Department of General Services, hope to have a new program in place before the end of the year.
J. Michael Evans, the department's director, said that the new policy would be worked out with the mayors, the county's trash haulers and with regional recycling experts.
In addition to calling for more recycling, the mayors were encouragedby the county's slowly emerging water-conservation program, which isexpected to begin this fall with educational materials and the distribution of water-saving kits that homeowners can buy for $8.95.
The mayors, some of whom were upset that the county's water-conservation program has been mired in study for more than two years, said that such a program should be started. Water use in the last several months has been on the increase, prompting some towns to impose voluntary bans on outdoor water use.
The county hopes to continue expanding its water-conservation program in the coming year.