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BUS STOP CONTESTED

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The county commissioners will relay a Detour parent's concerns abouta bus stop change on Middleburg Road to the Board of Education.

During a brief meeting Thursday, the commissioners told Herman Steffenthat bus stop policies, set by the school board and its staff, were outside their jurisdiction.

"It's primarily a school board problem," Commissioner Elmer Lippysaid.

Steffen told commissioners that a school staff decision to move a bus stop from his driveway to a spot several yards down the road was unfair. He said his daughters, who attend Francis Scott Key High School an Northwest Middle School, had been picked up outside his home for years.

School officials confirmed the bus stop had been moved but declined to comment further on the case.

Earlier this year, Steffen appealed the bus stop change to Superintendent R. Edward Shilling, who declined to overrule his staff. Steffen has not yet appealed to the school board but, after meeting with the commissioners, said he planned to do so.

Lippy told Steffen that he always advisespeople with gripes to practice their constitutional right to petition.

"It's worked in so many cases I've seen," Lippy said.

GAG RULE STANCE WANTED

BOONSBORO -- State Delegate Tom Hattery, D-Frederick, a candidate for Congress in the 6th District, has called on Democratic Representative Beverly B. Byron to state her position on the so-called "gag rule."

In an address to the South County Democratic Club here, Hattery challenged Byron to join the nine other members of Maryland's congressional delegation in declaring her opposition to the "gag rule" even in the face of an expected Bush administration veto.

"The people deserve to know where Beverly Byron stands on this issue," Hattery said. "The 'Gag Rule' is just another example of the federal government intruding into people's personal lives. The 'gag rule' is an insult to freedom in America and it is an intrusion into the personal freedoms of women and medical professionals everywhere."

The "gag rule" prohibits physicians in a facilities that receives federal money, including private facilities that receive federal money, from mentioning abortion as an alternative to pregnant women.

Failure to abide by the rule could result in medical practitioners losingtheir licenses and facing prosecution or even jail.

"Why won't Bev come out and state her position on this issue?" Hattery asked. "Thecitizens of this district have a right to know where she stands. Though she has never voted pro-choice, I encourage, I challenge Beverly Byron to vote pro-choice on this issue. Every other congressperson inMaryland has voiced their support."

On June 28, Congress passed an appropriations bill effectively blocking funding for the "Gag Rule." The Waxman bill, which will go to the House floor in this month, would overturn the "gag rule" altogether.

Of Maryland's eight congressmen and two senators, only Byron has failed to state her position to the "gag rule" if faced with an expected presidential veto.

TOWN HOUSES PLANNED

MOUNT AIRY -- Builders revealed to town planners Monday preliminary plans for a town house development behind the Mount Airy Shopping Center.

At the meeting of the Planning Commission on Monday, a representative of Ron Cohen Management Co. said the 14-acre property needed to be rezoned from commercial to residential to allowa 112-unit development. An official proposal will not be ready for several months.

28 WAIT ON SHELTER LIST

Twenty-eight women and children are on the Human Services Program of Carroll County Inc.'s waiting list for homeless shelter space, said Lynda Gainor, HSP deputy director.

The backlog is the biggest ever for the one shelter in Carroll available for women and children operated by HSP, Gainor told a gathering of human services professionals at the monthly Community Services Council of Carroll County meeting Wednesday.

Some on the waiting list are spending nights in detoxification centers, on the streets or in cars, she said. The shelter has 14 beds.

No money is available to expand shelter space, she said.

Gainor said women are staying in the shelter for longer periods because apartments for the low-income renters are difficult to find in Carroll. Also, the sluggish economy has caused more women to lose housing, she said.

Gainor requested that any landlords who have apartments they'd be willing to rent to low-income occupants call Kathy Bitzer at HSP at 857-2999.

HEALTH CARD IS WANTED

The Community Services Council of Carroll County will write a letter to the county school superintendent urging thata "teen health card" be produced for high school students for the 1991-1992 school year, members decided at a Wednesday meeting.

The Board of Education voted not to use a card notifying students that free condoms were available and that parental permission is not requiredto receive services for birth control or venereal diseases. The information card, distributed by the county Health Department, also listshealth services and phone numbers.

The school board decided to produce a card listing the services and phone numbers. Community Service Council members said they are concerned that the card be produced in a timely manner.

MINING PLAN DISCUSSED

Representatives of a citizens environmental group and county officials attempted to settle differences over the development of a county mineral mining plan at a meeting Thursday.

New Windsor Community Action Project members are upset that county officials did not share a June 7 letter from the state Department of Natural Resources with a citizens committee making recommendations for the mining plan. The plan is intended to protect mineral resources and residents.

The letter said that the county could be exceeding its authority if it attempts to impose performance standards on mining companies.

An attorney for NEWCAP argued that the citizens panel should know about the state's position so it can offer the most logical plans that could hold up if challenged in court by mining companies.

A county planner and the county attorney saidthe issue is being researched. Since regulations have not been established, it is premature to worry about the county's pre-empting the state's authority, County Attorney Charles W. Thompson Jr. said.

Commissioner Julia W. Gouge urged continued cooperation on the project between citizens and county officials.

PARKING REGULATIONS

MANCHESTER -- After an informal walk along Main Street last week, members ofthe Town Council said they were close to coming up with a comprehensive parking ordinance that would simplify parking rules in front of town businesses.

Council members made the announcement after a worksession Wednesday.

The proposed ordinance would double the standard parking time from 30 minutes to one hour in front of Main Street businesses.

The current two-hour parking limit in front of residential properties on Main Street will be unchanged. Unlimited parking will continue to be allowed on Sundays in front of Main Street businesses and residences.

The proposed parking changes, which evolved outof a survey completed in April by the Manchester Business and Community Association, will have to be approved by the State Highway Administration.

HEARING IS POSTPONED

A Friday hearing on whether a new trial should be granted in the malpractice case of a city pediatricianwas postponed until Nov. 1 because the attorneys involved had scheduling conflicts.

The parents of a baby who died last year at Carroll County General Hospital want a new trial. A jury found in June thatDr. Karl Green and CCGH were not negligent in caring for Brett Morris, son of Barbara and Robert Morris.

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