GOUGE JOINS COMMITTEE

THE BALTIMORE SUN

County Commissioner Julia W. Gouge has been named a member of the National Association of Counties' Community and Economic Development Committee.

She was appointed by NACo President Kaye Braaten, a commissioner in Richland County, N.D.

Gouge serves as the commissioner representative to Carroll's Economic Development Commission. She is second vice president of the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments and a voting member of its EDC.

As a student at the Economic Development Institute in Norman, Okla., Gouge submitted the thesis "Posturing Carroll County for EconomicGrowth in a Competitive Regional Marketplace."

NACo's 12 steeringcommittees are made up of 50 to 60 county officials who meet during the year to examine issues critical to local government.

Their recommendations on county legislative goals are presented to the nation's county officials at NACo's annual meeting. If approved, the recommendations become part of the American County Platform, which is the basis of NACo's efforts in representing counties to Congress and the White House.

UTILITY CHARGE ENACTED

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

The Carroll County Bureau of Utilities has enacted a $25 charge for service calls made in connection with the state's "Miss Utility" program.

Thecharge will become effective Oct. 1.

The program, initiated in January, provides a central number for developers, contractors, tree workers and residents to call prior to underground excavation.

"MissUtility" contacts the appropriate jurisdiction, which in turn goes to the site to mark the location of underground utilities.

County utility workers mark water and sewer lines within county service areaswithin one working day of receiving the call.

The developer or excavation contractor is responsible for promptly completing the work and notifying "Miss Utility" when the work is completed. If "Miss Utility" is not notified within 10 days that the excavation work has beendone, the jurisdiction automatically receives a second notice, resulting in a second $25 charge to the contractor.

The county is initiating the charge to offset county costs related to the program. More than $2,700 has been spent on fax charges and marking paint in the first four months of the program, not including labor and administrative expenses.

Information: 857-2164.

SYKESVILLE CAN RECYCLE

DATELINE: SYKESVILLE

Area residents can take advantage of this town's recycling center at the Town Maintenance Building on Sandosky Road.

The Sykesville Recycling Center accepts newspaper, cardboard, glass bottles, plastic containers, bimetal cans, tin food cans, aluminum pie pans, used motor oil and used anti-freeze.

The center buys aluminumcans, aluminum siding and doors, non-ferrous metals, car and truck batteries, lead, copper, brass, stainless steel, high-grade paper, radiators, condensers, generators and alternators.

The center is openfrom 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Pickup service is available.

Information: 795-6662.

LANDFILLS ARE FREE

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

Two Saturdays next month have been designated as "free days" for county residents to use Northern or Hodds Mill landfills.

On Oct. 5 and 12, county residents will not be charged the standard landfill fee to dispose of residential trash. A driver's license must be presented for proof of county residency.

Commercial vehicles will pay the normal charge.

County landfillswill be open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. those Saturdays.

Information: 857-2605.

PROGRAM PROVIDES FOOD

DATELINE: ELDERSBURG

The Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland announces the sponsorship of theChild and Adult Care Food Program at the South Carroll Adult Day Care Center, 5745 Bartholow Road.

The same meals will be available toall enrolled participants at no separate charge, regardless of race,color, sex, age, handicap or national origin. There is no discrimination in admissions policy, meal service or the use of facilities.

Eligibility for free and reduced price meal reimbursement is based onthe income scales below effective July 1, 1991 to June 30, 1992. Adult participants who are members of food stamp households or who are SSI or Medicaid participants are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits.

Information: 795-0534.

ILLUSTRATION: CHART

BYRON BACK AT WORK

DATELINE: WASHINGTON

Representative Beverly B. Byron,D-6th, has concluded her annual summer district tour, which includedindividual meetings with more than 600 constituents, and returned toCongress.

The agenda of legislative business is likely to keep the House working past the traditional Thanksgiving break.

In its first week back, Congress reauthorized the 1965 Older Americans Act until fiscal 1995, providing $2 billion for programs that focus on reaching the elderly, including minorities who are most in need of nutrition, health care and counseling.

This week, the House again took uplegislation to extend unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed. A first attempt in July failed as President Bush refused to declare the extension of unemployment benefits an emergency, effectively killing the bill.

The new bill specifies that enactment of the legislation automatically designates its expenditures as emergency spending. Byron voted with the majority in support of the bill.

"The economy is showing signs of recovery, but they aren't strong enough, and since January almost 2 million people have exhausted their unemployment benefits," Byron said. "In all but one recession since the 1950s, Congress has extended unemployment benefits, so this bill is not without a precedent."

Byron said she also is working hard as one of the House conferees on reconciling the differences between the House and Senate versions of the defense authorization bill.

"About 60 percent of the issues that we differ on have been tentatively resolved, and the process is going well," Byron said. "But there are still some difficult negotiations that could stall the completion of the bill."

BUILDER GETS EXTENSION

DATELINE: SYKESVILLE

A request from the developer of the Carroll Fields subdivision for a public works agreement extension ran into opposition from two councilmen at Monday night's meeting.

Councilmen Walter R. White and Wiley Purkey voted against extending the agreement to developer Jerry Halsor for 50 recordedlots until April 1993.

"The town has lived up to its bargain, butthe developer hasn't lived up to his end of the deal," White said. "Residents next to the development have said they don't want it at allbecause he's going to split lots behind existing homes. I'd like to see Carroll Fields redesigned."

Purkey agreed, adding that after what the council heard at last Saturday's town-county conference, "We should rethink some developments."

The extension passed after a 4-2 vote.

PHONES ARE ADEQUATE

DATELINE: SYKESVILLE

Police Chief Wallace P. Mitchell told the Town Council Monday night that the department's telephone answering machine is adequate for the town's needs.

Mayor Lloyd R. Helt asked Mitchell if he thought call forwarding to the state police was needed for times when no one is in the office to take calls.

Mitchell said he has had no complaints about the answering machine service.

"I just don't think call forwarding is a proper system to go to," Mitchell said.

Helt and council members agreed with Mitchell's assessment of the situation and said they would continue with the current system.

In other action:

* The council agreed to extend the public works agreements for Hawk Ridge and Shannon Run, which are 90 percent complete.

* The council voted to havetown maps with photographs, advertising and other information about the town printed to distribute to residents and tourists that will include

* It was announced that a Parks Advisory Board hearing for the Lexington Run Tot Lot will be at 7:30 p.m. today at the Carroll County Education Center on South Center Street, Westminster, to try to find money for the project.

* The council requested that Town Manager James L. Schumacher send warning letters to those businesses using town Dumpsters telling them they must return their agreement by Oct. 1 in order to continue to have their trash picked up by the town.

* Helt announced that the mayor and Economic Development Commissionof Boonsboro, Washington County, will visit the town Saturday morning to see some of the projects the town has done from community block development grants.

MEMBERS APPROVE

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

The fourmembers of the city's tree commission have been approved by the CityCouncil to join the newly formed landscape ordinance committee.

At its regular meeting Monday, the council approved Mayor W. Benjamin Brown's recommendations for the new members.

The new members are Susan Bare, Joseph Barely, Joan R. Hollinger and Neil Ridgely.

The committee members approved previously are Donna Baker, Christopher Batten, Donald Donovan, Thomas G. Ford and Robert VanDop.

The committee has been charged with drafting landscaping requirements for new developments.

Also on Monday, the council voted to hold a closed session before its meeting Oct. 4. During the meeting, which will be scheduled for 5:30 p.m., the council will discuss land acquisition matters and pending litigation.

TOWN TO STUDY WATER

DATELINE: UNION BRIDGE

The town will solicit consultants to conduct a comprehensive study of its water system.

Town Attorney John T. Maguire II told TownCouncil members at Monday's session to schedule a pre-bid conferenceto explain requirements to potential bidders.

"We installed a water system about 1913 and have made occasional improvements since then," he said. "This study will help us prioritize what we have to do tocome up to 1991 standards."

The conference will be at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 11 at Town Hall, 1 W. Broadway. Bids will be due at noon Oct. 18 to give council members time to review them before the Oct. 21 regular session.

The town will use a $10,000 state grant and $5,000 frommoney budgeted to its streets and highways account to pay for the study. The council approved the transfer of the money from the streets account unanimously.

"We can move as quickly as we want on this," Maguire said. "The state is requiring us to complete the study by April."

In other news, the council made former Mayor Edward L. Williar and Thomas R. Winebrener, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, permanent honorary members of the Town Council. The men were honored for their years of service to the town and its people.

Members also voted to renew the bank note at Farmers and Mechanics Bank of Frederick. The town reduces the loan amount by $5,000 a year. The current balance of the loan, used to upgrade the sewage treatment plant, is $49,000.

Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. appointed Toni Eder as town representative to the county's Recycling Committee. Eder has been amember of the town committee since its inception. She said the county will provide the town with a recycling Dumpster bin within two weeks.

Jones suggested installing the Dumpster on the town parking lot, where it would be most visible.

Members also voted to allow trick-or-treating for town children only. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31, children accompanied by an adult may visit houses that have lights on.

The Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. A public hearing on the Bowman Springs annexation will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at theCommunity Center, right before the next council session. Fall cleanup will be from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 2.

TOT LOTS ARE DEFERRED

The county commissioners voted, 2-1, Monday not to proceed with projects that would add children's play areas at Spring Garden and Charles Carroll elementary schools and at the Piney Run Park pavilion.

The three "tot lots," which were to include wooden climbing and crawling structures, would have cost a total of about $30,000, Budget Director Steven D. Powell said.

The commissioners voted to defer the projects to save money.

"Parks are in good shape," Commissioner President Donald I. Dell said. "A lot of money has been put into them. I think they could go another 12 or 18 months."

Commissioner Julia W. Gougevoted to finance the projects now.

The projects can be revived ata later time.

ROAD MONEY IN LIMBO

County Public Works Director John T. Sterling told the county commissioners Monday that the state does not plan to finance its share of a Carroll road extension project until the county demonstrates it has the money to complete it.

Sterling said he is disappointed that the state has taken that approach on the Kate Wagner Road extension project, which will provide a southern route bypassing Westminster and bisecting routes 27, 32, 97 and 140. Currently, the road stops at Washington Road (Route 32) near the Emergency Operations Center.

The State Highway Administration had agreed to pay about 75 percent of the estimated $1 million cost to build an interchange -- including ramps and a bridge -- at Route 97 andKate Wagner Road extended, said Sterling. The estimate has since been increased to about $4 million because plans now call for expanding Route 97 to four lanes, Sterling said.

Construction money for the project has been frozen.

Nonetheless, Sterling maintains that the state should commit its share to the project when money comes available, rather than tying that allocation to the county's plan for extending the road farther east to Route 140.

The estimated cost of the entire 2-mile road extension is $12 million to $14 million, Sterling said.

MASSEY DISCUSSES JTPA

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

Diane Massey wasthe guest speaker at the monthly board meeting for Carroll County's Department of Social Services yesterday.

Massey, who is director of the Carroll County Job Training Partnership Act Office, discussed anumber of programs that help the DSS keep its caseload from increasing.

"I have the best job in Carroll County," Massey said. "The most exciting aspect of my job is that I get to see people go to work."

JTPA sponsors a number of programs that teach the unemployed a skill or trade and offer job placement.

"We have been providing more training for adults so that they can update their skills during daytime hours," Massey said. "Now at the Carroll County Vocational Technical Center, adults can enroll as a college student and benefit from the many trade programs offered at the school."

Massey said the feedback JTPA is receiving this year from students, teachers and returning adults has been "incredibly positive."

In other business:

* Board members discussed a survey that was given to departmental clients to evaluate the service they received. The survey was distributed to walk-in and scheduled clients.

Overall, department workers were considered courteous and judged to provide clients with useful information.

* Alexander Jones, director of Carroll's DSS, informed members that 45 percent of the clients last month were new to the department.

POLICE TRY VIDEO

DATELINE: MANCHESTER

One of the latest trends in drunken driving enforcement is expected to be donated to the town's three-member police force tonight, as the Town Council officiallyaccepts an on-board video camera from Aetna Life & Casualty Inc.

The system, which is gaining widespread use among police forces nationwide, records actions made during traffic stops. The resulting videotape will be used in court trials to back up observations made by police officers during those traffic stops.

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