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DUMP USED OIL LEGALLY

WESTMINSTER - During the first nine months of 1991, Carroll countians disposed of 20,706 gallons of used motor oil and 440 gallons of used anti-freeze at collection tanks throughout the county.

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In order to prevent pollution of our soil and water from the toxic substances in used oil, it is extremely important not to pour used oil into the ground or streams. Additionally, it is illegal.

Collection tanks are located at:

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* Town Maintenance Garage, 4031 Gill Ave., Hampstead.

* Town Maintenance Building, Sandosky Road, Sykesville.

* Mount Airy Maintenance Garage, 215 Prospect Road.

* Northern Landfill, Route 140, Westminster; open 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.

* Manchester Town Garage, 3351 Victory St.

* Town of New Windsor, Geer Lane.

* Taneytown,Park Drive.

* Hoofs Mill Landfill, 7901 Kabik Court; open same hours as Northern Landfill.

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* Public Works Maintenance Facility, 105Railroad Ave., Westminster.

Information: 857-2633 or (800) 473-2925.

LEAF PICK UP EXTENDED

WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Commissioners extended the program for disposal of bagged leaves at county landfills through the end of next month.

On Saturdays, residents may bring bagged leaves to landfills free of charge. Dumpsters will beavailable, and residents are asked to make sure leaves are separatedfrom other trash.

Leaves set out for refuse haulers are depositedin the landfill. Those brought to the landfill will be mulched with recycled Christmas trees.

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Information: 857-2633.

NEW FACILITY OPENS

WESTMINSTER -- Carroll Haven Inc. has opened its new facility at 420 S. Bishop St.

More than 180 people attended the dedication ceremonies Nov. 22 officiated by Lt. Gov. Melvin Steinberg.

The building has the capacity to provide day habilitation services and work activity services to more than 100 people with mental retardation.

The state contributed $600,000 toward the totalcost of $1,350,000 for the building. The remainder of the money camefrom agency funds and community donations. The land was donated by the Carroll County government.

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"Programs such as Carroll Haven provide a very useful service to the community," Steinberg said. "Becauseof such programs, people with mental retardation are able to live and work in the community and are not placed in institutions."

Dennis Martin, president of the board of directors for Carroll Haven, saidthe new building is completely paid for because of the efforts of the board, staff, clients, families of clients and friends in the community.

MULCH YOUR TREES

WESTMINSTER -- Duringthe week of Jan. 6-10, the city Department of Public Works, in cooperation with the Recycling Division of the Carroll County Department of General Services, will accept Christmas trees to be recycled into mulch.

Trees should be taken to the city-owned vacant lot located directly to the rear of the city's Department of Public Works maintenance shop at the intersection of Tuc Road and Locust Street.

Christmas trees should be stripped of all ornaments and decorations, such as tinsel. The mulch created by grinding Christmas trees will be used for public purposes.

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Residents who drop off their trees will receive a coupon that can be redeemed for a pine seedling in the spring. Coupons can be picked up weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 100 Longwell Ave., in the second floor offices of the Department of Public Works,

For residents who do not wish to drop off theirtrees at the maintenance shop, the city will offer curbside pickup of Christmas trees beginning Jan. 6. City residents are asked to call the maintenance shop at 848-9077 to make arrangements for the service.

COMMUNITY MEETING SET

ELDERSBURG -- Residents of Sweet Air Estates are invited to a community meeting from 7 to9 p.m. tomorrow at the Eldersburg Library to discuss several neighborhood problems.

Patricia Zuniga said a speaker from the county Planning and Zoning office will address housing development and road plans in the community. Some residents are concerned especially about heavy traffic in the residential area and want the road to Marriottsville Road closed off.

Information on a community watch program also will be distributed.

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The effect of a proposed development on Marriottsville Road in Howard County on Sweet Air will be discussed.

Information: 795-5997.

CHARTER MEETINGS SET

WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Charter Review Commission will hold two meetings this month.

The meetings are scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Dixon Room of the Westminster branch, Carroll County Public Library, 50 E. Main St.

The public is invited.

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Information: 857-2030.

DRUG-ABUSE PANEL MEETS

The Drug and Alcohol Prevention Planning Committee discussed events Monday that will be taking place over the next few months.

The Youth Drug Summit is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 12 at Martin's Westminster.

Joanne Hayes, substance-abuse prevention school community coordinator for Carroll County, said that the high school students planning the event are excited about this year's approach to the summit.

"We will be doing the summit differently this year," she said. "The students found that there were teachers from their home schools whom they thought would be good speakers.

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"We will be contacting some of these teachers and asking them if they would like to give a presentation."

In other business, Tina Perkins, drug-and alcohol-abuse prevention coordinator for Carroll County, said she will be teaching a six-week parenting class beginning in March at Carroll Community College, "Families Fostering Positive Relationships." A $5 registration fee will be charged, and the class is open to thepublic.

A Sweetheart's Dance will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight Feb. 14 at Martin's. High school-age students and adults are invited to attend the dance to raise money for the Youth Drug Summit. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for students.

COMMISSION GETS OFFER

SYKESVILLE -- The owners of the gatehouse at Millard Cooper Park have offered the building to the town's Historic Preservation Commission for $1 a year rental to use as it wants.

Councilman Jonathan Herman told the Town Council on Monday night that the building could be used as a museum for the commission, which has numerous artifacts relating to the town's history.

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The large house is owned by Springfield Hospital Center.

The gatehouse may be used for commission programs.

In other business:

* Town Manager James L. Schumacher announced that two employees of the Public Works Department had an accident with the town's dump truck last Wednesday during a freak snowstorm.

One employee suffered minor injuries in the accident, which destroyed the truck's cab. The other employee in the truck was not injured

The town's insurance company totaled the truck and offered the town 80 percent of its worth, he said. Public Works is checking into the cost of repairing the truck against the cost of replacing it.

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*The town is considering two offers to rent the old maintenance building temporarily while plans are being discussed to turn it into a newtown police station.

Schumacher said two Eldersburg carpet firms have offered to pay $350 per month rent for as long as the building is available.

The council approved renting the building.

* Schumacher told the council he is writing letters to three developers building subdivisions in the town who will be affected by the Planning Commission's temporary freeze on development reviews.

At its Dec. 2 meeting, the planners froze approvals on all reviews while it establishes small-town guidelines to give developers design alternatives forfuture building.

* Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. announced he will havean open house at his Main Street office from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 20. The public is invited to meet Helt and his family and enjoy refreshments and fellowship.

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* Helt said the next issue of the town newsletter should be ready for mailing today and residents should be receivingit shortly.

DRUG COMMITTEE MEETS

Marjorie Lohnes, supervisor of home economics and health for the county school system, told members of the Drug and Alcohol Advisory Council that education on substance abuse would become a part of high school curriculums in early spring.

The curriculum, which has taken Carroll educators almost two years to prepare, will help educate high school students on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.

"The curriculum sends a very strong message -- that drug and alcohol abuse are wrong," Lohnes said. "We think it is a good, solid curriculum and we are anxious to see it go into affect."

Lohnes said the program would includesuch topics as drugs and driving, policies and laws, self-esteem, treatment programs, and family impact.

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In other business, results from last year's student survey on drug and alcohol abuse were discussed.

Based on a random sampling of the county's sixth-, eighth-, 10th-and 12th-graders, the survey found that:

* Alcohol use decreasedover the past two years;

* Carroll middle and high school students rank above the state average in their use of inhalants (e.g., sniffing glue, hair spray);

* Few students use hard liquor, preferring beer and wine.

TRUANCY PLAN ENDORSED

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WESTMINSTER -- Carroll educators will recommend today that the Board of Education approve the county's participation in a pilot truancy program that would allow policeofficers to issue citations to class-cutting students.

The Carroll and Frederick school systems are being tapped to participate in a pilot program that would allow police officers to issue citations to students suspected of truancy.

Although the program would allow police to issue citations for truancy, the school system would determinewhether an unlawful absence occurred, school officials have said.

If Carroll and Frederick educators agree to participate in the program, a sponsor will be sought to incorporate the program into legislation.

Also on the board's agenda today is a report on a proposed new teen health card. The board voted to discontinue the use of anotherteen health card from the county health department and have its staff develop its own card.

The new card will be printed on business size cards so that teens could easily carry them in their wallets. Thefirst side of the card gives health department services and the reverse side lists community agencies and resources.

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The board rejected the former card after several parents objected to several passages that say "parental permission is not required for birth control or VD(venereal disease) services" and "3 for free -- free condoms available on walk-in basis."

The board also will receive a report on student participation in the reduced and free lunch program. Board members have been concerned that recent price boosts -- resulting from cutsin state aid -- will curb participation.

Last month school staff,though concerned about the price raise, reported there had not been any reduction in participation.

The board meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 271 of the Board of Education office, 55 N. Court St.

SPRINKLERS BROUGHT UP

TANEYTOWN -- Several members of the Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company showed up at Monday's City Council meeting to urge the five-member board to reconsider a sprinkler ordinance.

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The council Monday formally repealed from its books an existing sprinkler ordinance, which required sprinklers in all new commercial construction, renovations and duplexes and town homes.

The council set the stage to repeal the ordinance after rejectingproposed revisions in October.

The council studied the issue for months and finally decided to abandon -- at least temporarily -- the proposal after concluding the city does not have the personnel to inspect buildings and homes adequately and effectively to make sure sprinkler systems were functioning properly.

Firefighters said they had been unable to attend previous meetings on the issue. Mayor Henry I. Reindollar told the firefighters that the council would consider the issue again after Jan. 1.

"(The matter) isn't finished yet," said Linda Hess, city clerk-treasurer. "The mayor said that after the first of the year, the council will consider a committee to study this."

The mayor wants the committee to return to the council with solid background on sprinkler ordinances and recommendations, she said.

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In other matters, the council held public hearings on two annexation requests. The council, however, didn't take action on either request because both properties contain enclaves.

The city will have both properties -- the Taneytown Rod and Gun Club and the Antrim property -- surveyed and include both enclaves in the annexation request before taking action, Hess said.

The Taneytown Rod and Gun Club contains about 19 acres. The Antrim property is about 18 acres.

HOMELESS CONCERN AIRED

Jolene Sullivan, director of citizen services, told County Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Julia W. Gouge yesterday that she is concerned about Carroll's homeless people.

Sullivan said that since the opening of the new county women's shelter, it has been brought to her attention that some homeless individuals are having trouble accepting the structure of the facility's rules.

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"We have to have a cold weather plan for these people who areuncomfortable with the shelters," Sullivan said.

Since the closing of Shoemaker House last month, she said no place offers homeless individuals a place to spend a night out of the cold.

"We do not have the use of the Shoemaker House, which offered coffee and hot soup and a place where a person who just wanted to lay down could do so," she said. "At this point the only thing that is available to us is a small area at Springfield Hospital (in Sykesville)."

Sullivan stressed the importance of finding a facility and asked the commissioners if they would make Shoemaker House available.

Both Dell and Gouge agreed that if staffing and liability issues could be worked out, Shoemaker House would be a possibility.

CHARTER BOARD MEETS

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The County Charter Review Commission will have meetings at 9 a.m. Saturday and7 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Dixon Room at the Westminster Library to beginwriting a constitution for Carroll's government.

The charter board plans to elect co-chairmen, establish a work schedule and begin work on the document, said member Jon R. Buck. The board aims to complete its work in time for the November 1992 election, but whether that can be accomplished is uncertain, he said.

The Carroll Republican Central Committee and County Commissioner President Donald I. Dell have urged the charter board to aim for that date, rather than having a special election in 1993.

Buck expressed concern that the board could start its work, only to see some or all of the nine members replaced in a special election that could take place in March. A group of conservative Republicans has launched a drive to place nine candidates on a slate to challenge the charter board, which was appointed by the commissioners. The board consists of five Democrats and four Republicans.

Buck, a Republican, said it appears that the slate "is notinterested in supporting a good charter draft." The campaign could cause "delay and disruption," he said.

He said he knows most of theRepublicans on the slate -- and their positions on charter government.

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"Almost to a man, they're anti-charter," he said.

A charter,which outlines powers, limitations and structure of government, allows county laws to be passed by local elected leaders. Under the commissioner form of government, county laws must be passed by the GeneralAssembly. Charter government could involve an executive and a council, or it could retain the use of commissioners. It can provide for representation by district.

SPEED LIMITS RAISED

The county commissioners approved increasing speed limits on eight county roads yesterday.

The speed limit increases were recommended in studies by the Maryland State Police and the Department of Public Works.

The roads affected, and the speed increases, are:

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* Coon Club Road, from 30 mph to 35 mph from Gorsuch Road to Houck Road, and from 30 mph to 40 mph from Houck Road to Houcksville Road.

* Gorsuch Road, from 30 mph or 40 mph to 50 mph, from Route 482 to Shiloh Road and from Petry'sJunk Yard to Bean's Auto.

* Deer Park Road, east of Route 91, from 40 mph to 45 mph, and west of Route 91, from 30 mph to 40 mph, in applicable zones.

* Meadow Branch Road, from 30 mph to 40 mph, in applicable zones.

* Middleburg Road, from 30 mph to 40 mph, in applicable zones, except in Middleburg.

* Sullivan Road, from 30 mph to 35 mph, and 35 mph to 40 mph.

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* Uniontown Road, to 50 mph from Westminster City Line to Jasontown.

* White Rock Road, from 30 mph to 40 mph, from Liberty Road to Streaker Road.

Hampstead resident Robert Fishpaugh objected to some of the increases at a public works meeting yesterday, saying they could cause hazardous situations.

FIND HISTORIC SITES

Representatives from the Maryland Historical Trustmet with the county commissioners yesterday to discuss grant financing for completion of a survey of historic sites in Carroll.

The county already has received a $20,000 grant from the trust to conduct the study. The county matched the contribution. An inventory has not been taken of north Carroll. Other parts of the county have been surveyed in "piecemeal" fashion over a number of years, but the information has not been organized, county planners said.

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Planners want to integrate information about historic sites, such as railroad stations,farms, churches and houses, into a computer model, which will aid inthe development review process. The county must match the grant money.

ROAD RULES APPROVED

MANCHESTER -- The Town Council took severalsteps last night to stop the use of a narrow side street as an unofficial bypass to Main Street's heavy rush-hour traffic.

As expected, the council approved a 10,000-pound weight limit on Long Lane. It also approved installation of several more stop signs on the street.

The narrow, one-mile thoroughfare -- which has a speed limit of 20 mph -- has been the source of irritation to town officials and residents over the past several months.

The road has been attractive as a shortcut to Main Street, which is Route 30. The weight limit runs from York Street north to the end of the road at the Sheetz store parking lot, and will ban commercial vehicles from the road.

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In addition to the Long Lane restrictions, the council also adopted a two-hourparking limit from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Main Street.

In other business, Henry L. Blevins, developer of the 60-acre Dell property along Route 27 and Bachman Road, outlined how he would protect town wells when construction begins. The 165-unit single-family home development -- tentatively called Blevins' Claim -- received preliminary approval Monday night from the town's Planning and Zoning Commission.

The project has been in the works for close to three years, and was originally slated to be a mixed-use development with more than 200 units.



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