DEVELOPER IS HONORED

THE BALTIMORE SUN

At a recent meeting of the Council of Unit Owners of Parr's Ridge Condominium, Sam Black, the consultant to developer Centennial Westminster, was presented a token of appreciation by the residents.

Blackhas spent considerable time at Parr's Ridge making sure the residents are satisfied with their homes and the community in general.

Last summer, Parr's Ridge received an award from Carroll County as the best landscaped residential community in 1991.

"Sam has beenvery amenable and accessible to us," said Diana Farris, an owner at Parr's Ridge and president of the condominium association. "In fact, what we have going here is a collaborative effort on the part of the developer, builder, sales agents and home owners. . .born out of the recognition that our interests are, in fact, identical."

"With everyone's input into the planning process, we have managed to make improvements in plans that already were among the most attractive in the Westminster area," said resident Margaret Sullivan.

Black told theresidents he is "grateful to be working with such a great group of homeowners. Their support has been tremendous."

The next two buildings already are sold, with construction having started the middle of last month. They are expected to be ready in late April.

The Council of Unit Owners also approved the site plan for the second section,which will be presented to the Westminster Planning Board in January. When completed, Parr's Ridge will have a total of 168 condominium residences.

LAND NOT PUBLIC YET

DATELINE: TANEYTOWN

TANEYTOWN -- Members of the Taneytown Rod and Gun Club told City Council members Monday that they have had to argue with area residents who insisted the land was public.

In fact, the city is still in the process of buying the approximately 20 acres on the east end of town.

City Manager Neal Powell said the city has paid most of the $365,000 for the land. But settlement won't be until later this fall and the city won't take possession until the fall of 1993, he said.

The land, which includes a pond, will be preserved as open space, Powell said. The cityplans to annex the land.

In other business, the council voted to:

* Go along with county government's plans to plant and preserve trees according to the new state forest conservation act.

* Clarifyan existing ordinance that allows residential dwellings in a local business district. Powell said the wording of the ordinance is confusing.

* Accept a $12,607 bid for a Chevrolet Lumina police cruiser, and start looking for a radio. Powell said a new radio, including theequipment to be kept at the station, will probably cost about $5,500.

Council Member Henry C. Heine Jr. recommended buying a Motorola brand rather than advertising for a low bid, saying that brand was the most reliable radio.

* Accept a $2,947 bid from Feeser Custom Homes for a roof on a utility building. The shingle roof will come witha 30-year warranty.

* Accept a $7,484 bid from Stambaugh Excavating and Paving of Union Bridge to add storm sewers to the Free State Heights development off Commerce Street. The city will be reimbursed by the developer, Powell said. The work needs to be done to correct flooding in back yards there, Powell said.

Other purchases the council is considering include a used street cleaner and a copier in anticipation of the current one which could break down any day now, Powellsaid.

AGE NEEDS NEW BLOOD

The Advocacy Group for the Elderly, a grass-roots coalition from Carroll County that lobbies state and federal lawmakers, needs some new blood and a new chairman, said the chairman, Geoffrey Black.

Black, a Manchester lawyer and councilman, isa member of the Commission on Aging, a county-government advisory group that sprouted AGE.

He told the commission at its meeting yesterday that his practice has prevented him from putting as much time into the advocacy group as it needs.

"We need a jump start," Black said. "I can give whatever assistance I can, but I can't give the fullleadership."

AGE has been active in the past few years sponsoringcandidate forums and lobbying legislators in Annapolis.

With morestate budget cuts looming, Black said the group is even more important to protect senior-citizen programs from being scaled back or eliminated.

"We've got a tremendous mission with the state now," Black said.

People of any age interested in being a member of the group may contact Black at his office.

WATER BAN WORKING

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- The city's month-long voluntary water ban is apparently working to replenish the city's reservoir, City Councilman Edward Calwell said Monday.

Calwell said average daily use is 1.75 million gallons, which he described as good. Water has been reported lapping at the banks of the reservoir, he said.

The council last month rescinded a mandatory water ban, set last summer because of drought conditions. The council voted in December to make water conservation voluntary, a move that was opposed by Mayor Benjamin Brown.

Public Works Director Bill Mowell reported then that the reservoir was starting to recharge and that demand for water decreases during the winter. A voluntary ban, he said, would suffice to show that the city is meeting its water requirements.

In other matters, the council asked the staff to look into cost savings associated with the State Long Distance Telephone Network, a program used by the state and municipalities to save as much as 15 to 30 percent on telephone bills.

ORDINANCE INTRODUCED

DATELINE: SYKESVILLE

SYKESVILLE -- The Town Council Monday night voted to introduce an ordinance that would give the Planning Commission the power to review site plans for business properties.

"Right now, the Planning Commission has no authority to review commercial site plans," said Jonathan Herman, councilman and Planning Commission liaison. "If someone comes to the town and wants to put a High's store in somewhere, we have no authority."

The ordinance will be advertised for adoption at the Feb. 10 meeting.

In otheraction:

* Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. opened four bids for building the train station portico. Action was deferred on accepting a bid until the Maryland Historic Trust approves the project.

* Town ManagerJames L. Schumacher reported on the findings of the county engineer on the Spout Hill Road problem. The town had contended that the county's improper placement of sanitary sewer trench lines caused water torun along the trenches and erode the street's supporting subgrade, thus causing the road to collapse in certain places.

The county hassuggested draining the trench at various locations. Schumacher said the project will cost more than the town has left in its storm drain grant. He asked who would pay for the work.

A letter will be sent to the county suggesting that it pay part of the cost of the project.

* Schumacher also presented his annual report to the council, detailing the work his office did in 1991.

WINDS DISRUPT POWER

Winds reaching 41 mph blew through Carroll yesterday, downing wires and leaving more than 4,000 residents without power.

Police said no accidents were caused by the storm, although about five traffic lights were disrupted in Westminster and a chimney fell into a rose garden on Liberty Street.

"A Dumpster in the back of a building ran into a vehicle and we had some tree limbs down," said Cpl. Rick May, spokesmanfor the Westminster Police. "But it wasn't something that couldn't be handled."

Arthur Slusark, spokesman for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., said 4,000 Carroll customers lost power during the outage, which began about 6 a.m.

All residents were expected to have power restored by midnight.

"By 2 p.m. it was looking really great," he said. "Then, the winds started picking up again, but hopefully that won't contribute to the problem."

Raymond Sandbower of the Potomac Edison Power Co. reported that about 150 customers in Mount Airy lost power at about 9 a.m. All were restored by lunch.

SLUDGE REQUESTS STUDIED

The county commissioners agreed Monday to request a public information meeting on a Baltimore company's request for three state permits for sludge application on farmland in northwest Carroll.

Enviro-Gro Technologies is seeking permits to allow it to apply sludge as fertilizer at two farms in Union Bridge and one in Taneytown.

State regulations restrict the use of the nutrient-rich sludge as fertilizer to land used for growing feed crops for animals.

Land used to grow crops for human consumption are barred from being treated withthe material, which is the byproduct of processing sewage at wastewater treatment facilities.

When such permit applications are filed,the Maryland Department of the Environment contacts county administrators and asks whether they would like a public information meeting arranged. At such a meeting, the request for the permits and plans forthe applications are explained to nearby residents and others.

During staff meetings on Monday, Commissioners Elmer Lippy and Julia Gouge said Monday that they would forward a request for such a meeting.The sessions are arranged and conducted by state administrators.

The three applications will most likely be addressed during a single meeting, county officials said. No date has been set.

REZONING REQUEST MADE

DATELINE: MOUNT AIRY

MOUNT AIRY -- A developer made his pitch Monday for the annexation and rezoning of 4.6 acres into the town.

The Main Street Limited Partnership also wants the land, north ofHorpel Drive and east of North Main Street, to be zoned residential.

After studying the request last fall, the town's Planning Commission did not offer a recommendation on the annexation but recommended denial of the rezoning. Town Planner Teresa Bamberger recommended conditional approval of the annexation.

In a separate request, the partnership also asked the Town Council for rezoning of an adjacent 2.5-acre tract in the town from low-density zoning to medium-density zoning.

Also on Monday, the council took comments on a request for the rezoning of 13 acres behind the Mount Airy Shopping Center from a business zoning to the town's highest-density residential zoning. (Please see story, Page 5.)

The council will discuss both proposals atits regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 3.

WARNER REHIRED -- AGAIN

DATELINE: MANCHESTER

MANCHESTER -- A month after recommending the eventual abolition of his part-time job, the town's projects administrator last night was hired for his sixth two-month stint.

During last night's regular meeting, the Town Council renewed David Warner's contract until the end of February. The job will pay about $25,000this fiscal year.

Warner, who has acted as official spokesman, came on board to simplify the way town business is done. He steered thetown's $10 million sewage treatment plant expansion toward completion and has rewritten several town codes and guidelines.

Last month,he suggested the hiring of a full-time manager, beginning July 1. Asthe council grapples with next year's budget in the coming weeks, a decision on a manager is expected.

In a related move, the council reappointed Miriam DePalmer as the town's zoning administrator until June 30. The appointment has previously been for one year at a time; the council chose a six-month tenure because of the "possible realignment of the office" expected this summer, said Mayor Earl A. J. Warehime Jr.

Long-time Clerk-Treasurer Kathryn L. Riley is expected to retire this year.

With the possible hiring of a full-time manager,the office staff will be juggled, officials said.

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