SURPLUS FOOD AVAILABLE

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. will distribute surplus food commodities to eligible Carroll County households from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 23-26 at the Department of Social Services building, 10 Distillery Drive, ground level.

Food to be distributed include butter, flour, applesauce, vegetarian beans, raisins, green beans and rice. No cheese is available.

To receive food, a household must register and:

* Live in Carroll County.

* Bring one of the following program identification cards: food stamps, medical assistance (not Social Security Medicare), public assistance, or energy assistance letter for 1990-1991 program.

* Meet household income guidelines and present written verification of the household's gross (before deductions) income (letter from Social Security, pay stubs).

The income eligibility guidelines for the number of household members and gross monthly income are: one member, $785; two, $1,053; three, $1,320; four, $1,588; five, $1,855; six, $2,123; seven, $2,390; eight, $2,658.

An eligible household maysend information with a representative to register and pick up food.

Information: 857-2999.

CLEAN UP ON SCHEDULE

DATELINE: UNION BRIDGE

The Town Council will schedule a fall cleanup day at its meetingat 7 p.m. Monday at Town Hall.

Members usually select a Saturday in late October. Town residents may bring large items for disposal tothe town lot at Warehime Alley and East Elger Street.

Members will also discuss the annual renewal of the loan resolution for the sewage treatment plant. The town pays $5,000 a year on the debt, and the balance is $49,000.

A public hearing on the Bowman Springs annexation will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Town Hall.

Information: 775-2711.

CLUB ENDORSES HATTERY

The Sierra Club Catoctin Group has endorsedMaryland Delegate Tom Hattery for the 6th District U.S. Congress seat.

A club spokesman said because of Hattery's excellent record on environmental legislation, the club gave him the endorsement.

RECYCLING PLAN REVIEWED

Members of the Carroll County Recycling Committeereviewed their plan regarding future requirements for county recycling at their monthly meeting on Wednesday.

The plan, which will ultimately become mandatory, will be presented to the county commissioners within the next month for their comments.

"We feel that the best route to take is a mandatory program," said Dwight Copenhaver, county recycling coordinator. "How we will establish that, we have not yet decided. We feel that we will get our best results from collecting co-mingled materials curbside. There will likely be an 18-gallon container that will hold glass, aluminum and plastic containers."

The committee also discussed whether a new collection facility will be built or an existing one be used for recyclables.

The type of facility needed for the program will also be discussed by the commissioners.

LANGUAGE BARRIERS FALL

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

Carroll County General Hospital personnel can communicate with patients and their families in more than 140 different languages, said Dr. Edward Carter, president of the CCGH medical staff.

"The first step toward helping people is being able to communicate with them," he said.

Doctors andnurses in emergency rooms, patients' rooms and even in surgery telephone interpreters of most any language spoken in the world.

CCGH'smultilingual capability is provided by AT & T Language Line (R) Services, the world's largest provider of over-the-phone interpretation.

Hospital personnel access the service by calling a special 800 number, and a Language Line Services interpreter comes on line within moments. AT & T interpreters are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

LLS interpreters also can assist during admission procedures and inform patients and their families about procedures and other important information during the hospital stay.

In addition to telephone-based interpretation services, LLS provides document translation,such as patient release forms.

Lorna Rice, CCGH director of social work, said this new service will improve the expediency with which non-English speaking patients can be treated.

Previously an interpreter from an agency in Baltimore had to drive to the hospital. In addition to the inevitable delay due to travel, these interpreters frequently could not stay throughout the patient's hospitalization.

"We don't have many non-English speaking patients here," Rice said. "But our goal is to provide quality patient care to everyone, and this exciting new service will help to ensure we meet our goal in spite of language barriers."

CHANGES ON MAIN STREET

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

The city's task force studying the East Main Street reconstruction project met Thursday to review the new proposal from the State Highway Administration.

State officials redrew the plan after citizens protested the loss of trees, parking and sidewalks in the original proposal last spring.

Members were told that under the new plan, only eight of the 42 trees currently on the street will be removed. In addition, 118 trees -- 24 medium shade and 94 ornamental -- will be planted.

"As far as the total number, that goes beyond what we envisioned a year ago," said city planner Thomas B. Beyard.

Twenty-one nodes, or places where the pavement juts out from the sidewalk edge, willbe built, 11 specifically for pedestrian crossing and 10 for tree protection.

Parking space will not be as adversely affected with thenew plan, said Beyard.

"The initial street plan in the spring showed a net reduction of 35 parking spaces," he said. "The revised planshows only 19, so that's been cut roughly in half."

State planners also showed how parking has been created behind many Main Street properties.

While the 1987 parking study showed 730 spaces serving buildings along the reconstruction route, planners counted 1,223 spaces during a recent tour, Beyard said.

Task force members are planning an open house for citizens to view the plans and ask questions at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Westminster Fire Hall.

COUNCIL MEMBERS MEET

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

Members of the Westminster City Council willmeet at 7:30 Monday night at the fire hall to discuss bids for improvements in draining the playground off Winters Street.

Officials from Prestige Cable Television plan to make a presentation during the meeting.

In addition, the council will hear about the state of city trees from a Tree Commission representative and will confirm the appointment of members to the Landscape Ordinance Committee.

They will also hear a request from the owners of Winchester Exchange, 15 E. Main St., to revise their parking and use covenants.

A traffic signal at 12 Anchor St., stop signs for Cranberry Mall at North Center Street, and money for the Cranberry Branch gage will be discussed.

Members will also talk about additional money to design the replacement for the water main from the Cranberry plant to Clear Reservoir.

FARM ZONING OK'D

A 91-acre collection of three farms outside Manchester were approved for inclusion in the state's Farmland Preservation Program yesterday by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

However, the three farms were rejected earlier this month for inclusion by theAgricultural Preservation Advisory Board, after that board determined the farms constituted too small a parcel.

The planning commission, by recommending inclusion, now sends the application to the countycommissioners, who, if they approve, must refer the matter to the state for final approval.

The Farmland Preservation Program is a state program that purchases development rights from farmers in order tokeep agricultural lands intact. The state usually does not approve parcels of less than 100 acres for acceptance into the program.

Because the planning commission wanted to give the three farms a chance at approval, members voted for inclusion. Had the commission voted against the farms, inclusion would have been impossible.

STORMS RIP THROUGH AREA

Two thunderstorms with winds causing power outages and tree damage, hit the county this week and put an end to the record September heat wave.

Weather watcher Larry Myers said a total of about 1.4 inches of rain fell across the county as a result of the Tuesday and Wednesday evening storms.

"The further north you went, the more rain you received," he said. "Union Mills got a little over 2 inches."

Art Slusark, director of public information for Baltimore Gas and Electric, said the company's crews kept busy for two days repairing damages from the storms.

"About 7,000 customers lost power Tuesday and about 9,000 were without electricity Wednesday," he said.

Power was off from 9 p.m. Tuesday until 2 p.m. Wednesday. Power wasoff again from 6:30 p.m. Wednesday until 6 p.m. Thursday.

In the county areas serviced by BG&E;, repair crews reported:

* 127 blown fuses.

* 24 wires knocked down.

* 30 damaged transformers.

*37 cases of trees damaged.

The Emergency Operations Center reported nearly 60 storm-related calls, with several houses struck by lightning.

HEALTH PLANNERS MEET

DATELINE: HAGERSTOWN

Long-term service care in the Western Maryland region was the main topic of concern at Wednesday's Western Maryland Health Planning Agency meeting at the Sheraton Motor Inn in Washington County.

"We discussed a variety of ways to promote a new look at community based services," said Jan Flora, chief of the Bureau of Aging for Carroll County. "We talked abouthow these services could be better coordinated."

Flora, who is one of seven countians who attends the WMHPA meetings, said the meetings "are helpful because they provide us with a forum to share information with people from all agencies in other counties."

In other business, the WMHPA discussed ways to become involved in community issues and strengthening communication with the county commissioners.

TOWNCOUNCIL MEETS

DATELINE: SYKESVILLE

The Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at hear a report from the State Highway Administration on the number of 1990 roadway accidents.

The town manager will give reports on town maps that are needed and the status of various on-going projects. The town attorney also will give a report.

The town linear park forestation program will be discussed, as will the public works agreements for the Hawk Ridge, Shannon Run and Carroll Fields developments.

A new receptionist/secretary is expected to be appointed.

The Lexington Run Tot Lot will be the subject of a Parks Advisory Board hearing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the County Office Building.

The town tour and dinner with state legislators will be discussed.

IMPACT FEES ANALYZED

Money collected from development impact fees on new construction sits idle because projects for which it is budgeted have been postponed or altered, says an internal audit ofimpact fee revenues.

At the time of the county Bureau of Performance Auditing's evaluation, no provisions had been developed to funnelthe money back into an impact fee surplus account if it was not entirely used for its original purpose, says the audit.

Each fiscal year, a portion of the impact fee revenues is budgeted for the repayment of money that has been borrowed or will be borrowed for the construction of schools, parks or reservoirs.

Sometimes the borrowing through bond sales does not take place, or occurs at a different time orin a different amount than originally estimated, the audit says.

Thus, the money budgeted to reduce the debt might not all be used forthat purpose, the audit says. The county Office of the Comptroller is developing a system for recapturing the unused portions.

A $2,700 fee is charged for each new single-family home and town house in the county to help pay for new schools and parks to accommodate growth.An additional $800 fee is levied in South Carroll to pay for costs associated with the proposed Gillis Falls Reservoir project. The fee was instituted in 1989.

J. Michael Evans, director of the department that administers the fees, said he is concerned about charging the $800 fee in South Carroll because the reservoir project is in doubt. Budget Director Steven D. Powell said the fee could still be charged legitimately because the project remains in the county's capital planand land acquisition is continuing.

The audit found that some mistakes had been made in the assessment and collection of the fees, mostly in the first year. Developers with projects in South Carroll who paid the fees in two installments several times were charged for the second payment based on the $2,700 fee, rather than the appropriate $3,500, the audit says. A computer program adjustment has aided in correcting the error, the audit says.

Also, in a sample of 60 building permits, the audit found that five were processed incorrectly. Developers in the Sykesville region were charged the $2,700 fee rather than the $3,500 fee. No discrepancies were discovered in permits processed after 1989.

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