The developer of an industrial park to be built on the south end of town convinced the Planning and Zoning Commission Monday that a road extension they originally wanted would be nothing but trouble.
Charles Harwood of Upperco said that were he to extend the industrial park's main road to the property line, it would result in 220 feet of unused pavement leading to a dead end. He said it would attract trash and parked or abandoned cars and trucks.
"I'm prepared to dedicate this parcel to the town," Harwood said,in case the town wants to extend the road as a through road in the future.
But to have the extra 220 feet leading to a dead end would be of no use to anyone, agreed Town Manager John A. Riley.
The commission agreed to allow Harwood to keep the road to the original L shape, coming in from Route 30 and then turning 90 degrees to extend north.
The 36-acre park will be developed into several lots for saleto other developers or industries after Harwood puts in water, sewer, roads and other infrastructure.
HITTING ALL RIGHT NOTES
WESTMINSTER -- Workers at Stu's Music Shop Inc. participated ecently in educational programs sponsored by the National Association of Music Merchants.
Deborah Barron and Lorraine Dix attended the Sales Training Institute at the Marriott Inner Harbor in Baltimore.
Don Myers attended the National Management Institute in Chicago, where more than 70music store owners and managers gathered to obtain information on marketing, customer service and employee relations.
Larry Myers visited the Selmer Co. in Elkhart, Ind., to view firsthand the design andmanufacture of musical instruments.
DEMOLITION IS SOUGHT
WESTMINSTER -- The owners of the historic stone building
on Liberty Streetthat housed B's Coffee Shoppe until last March have applied for a permit to demolish the two-story structure.
Clark Schaffer, an attorney for the Farmer's Supply Co., owner of the building, filed the application July 23 with the Carroll County Bureau of Inspections, said Westminster Planning Director Tom Beyard.
However, Beyard said he expects to deny the application, probably this week, because of the historic nature of the building.
It then will be up to the City Council to review the issue and make a decision.
Beyard noted that much of the city's heritage is in its buildings, which were built in different eras and architectural styles.
A decision by the City Council on the application could take up to a year or be delayed until a historic designation can be put in place, Beyard said.
The application for demolition was filed after a prospective buyer said he mightbe interested in the property if the building could be torn down. The property has been on the market for more than a year, with an asking price of $675,000, said William B. Dulany, a trustee for Farmer's Supply Co.
Dulany said no contracts had been signed for sale of theproperty as yet.
Councilman Stephen Chapin, who is liaison to thePlanning and Zoning Commission, said he would oppose demolishing thebuilding, which he considers a landmark.
Rather, he said, the building could be restored and used in a way to maintain its history.
The building was erected in the 1800s for a local canning business, then later sold to Farmer's Supply, who closed the Liberty Street store in 1989. Later, the company's stock was sold, then the buildings and property put up for sale.
BOARD DENIES KENNELS
HAMPSTEAD -- TheBoard of Zoning Appeals has denied a request from Robert and Lisa Barrett, owners of Farraway Kennels on Lower Beckleysville Road, for the addition of 20 kennels and a grooming area.
The couple asked fora condi
tional use for the additional kennels and grooming area, plus a variance reducing the minimum distance requirements of 400 feet from the facility.
In its visit to the 11.25-acre property, the board found that it borders on the west a residential subdivision andthat more residential development is slated on the north side.
The board also found that the existing boarding and grooming facilities, established in 1965, is a nonconforming use since kennels are not allowed in the Conservation District where the property is located.
The current facilities include 16 exterior and 12 interior runs. TheBarretts propose removing the 12 interior runs and constructing a new kennel building.
The business is licensed as a Class C Kennel for 26 to 50 dogs.
The owner of an adjacent lot to the Barretts testified that the kennels are visible to his property and the dogs' barking is an invasion of privacy.
In denying the request, the board found that the proposed kennel would be closer than the old one to residential homes in the area. The barking of dogs boarded there also has adversely affected neighbors, the board said.
The variance also was denied after the board found no evidence of difficulty or unreasonable hardship in the operating of the kennel as it is.
BOARD FINES BUSINESSES
The Board of License Commissioners for Carroll County has fined two Mount Airy businesses $350 each for selling liquor to a minor under the age of 21.
The Olive Leaf Cafe in the Twin Arch Shopping Center and Ridge-side Spirits Inc. on Ridgeside Drive were bothcharged with selling alcohol to a 20-year-old Maryland State Police cadet last May.
Cadet Michael Murphy, with Trooper Edward Muller, visited the Olive Leaf Cafe, where Murphy purchased beer. The two officers also went to Ridgeside Spirits, where Murphy bought a six-pack of beer.
Owners of both businesses appeared at a July 9 hearing and admitted the charges.
The board fined both businesses, but did not suspend their licenses because it was a first offense for both. The fines must be paid within 15 days of the decision.
HATS OFF TO BUSINESS
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce wants to know when was the last time your business got a pat on the back?
Terri Meushaw, chairwoman of the chamber's Public Relations Committee, announced that a new program, "Hats Off," will premiere in September at a chamber general membership breakfast.
The new program is designed to showcase new businesses as well as promote older businesses that have attained a milestone anniversary, added a new product line or completed an expansion, Meushaw said.
Patterned after successful chamber models such as the Hanover, Pa., Chamber Salute to New Businesses, "Hats Off" also will provide an opportunity for introducingnew chief executive officers to the local business community.
"Wealso want to give non-profit organizations a platform to announce the reaching of a capital campaign goal," Meushaw said. " 'Hats Off' isintended to pay tribute to individuals, business firms and organizations for major contributions to civic and economic growth, and for actions that reflect honor on the Carroll County community."
Businesses do not need to be members of the chamber to be recognized through"Hats Off." Some planned salutes include:
* Business salutes: Forany new business of six months or more, new ownership of an established business, expansion of the business by 30 percent or more, new facilities of institutions, installation of new equipment representing a significant capital investment, anniversaries (10th, 25th, 50th, 75th or 100th), newly elected president or CEO, major events.
* Civic salutes: For individuals elected to the presidency of national or state level organizations; schools, organizations or persons selected for significant community-wide awards.
* Free Enterprise salutes: For individuals who exemplify the promotion of the free enterprise system.
* Golden Award: For businesses that have contributed to the economic development of the county for 50 or more years.
* Promotional and Fund-Raising: For businesses reaching their fund goal for a capital program.
* Special Chamber salute: For a chamber member orcommittee who has given outstanding service or performance during the past year.
Businesses may nominate themselves for a "Hats Off" salute. Nominations can be made by calling the chamber office at 848-9050 or 876-7212.
MAN IS ACCREDITED
HAMPSTEAD -- Arthur F. Ballant has successfully completed the requirements for nationally recognizedaccreditation in taxation and is authorized to use the service mark,Accredited Tax Advisor.
The Accreditation Council for Accountancyand Taxation awarded accredited status to Ballant based on outstanding professional qualifications.
The council's accreditation program provides a method for recognizing the qualifications of individualsengaged in the practice and/or study of taxation and accounting.
Applicants are formally tested and maintain status through mandatory continuing education requirements.
Ballant is one of only 12,000 persons to earn this recognition. ACAT statistics cite more than 900,000 accountants in the United States.
ACAT is a non-profit organization affiliated with the national Society of Public Accountants, headquartered in Alexandria, Va., and the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colo.