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PROJECT WINS APPROVAL

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The county Planning Commission gave preliminary approval yesterday for a business and residential development, Elderwood Village, on Monroe Avenue off Liberty Road in Eldersburg.

Food Lion, a grocery chain based in Salisbury, N.C., is interested in opening a store there, said Richard L. Hull, part owner of the property.

A spokesman for Food Lion said the company is looking at 150 to 200 sites on which the chain could be expanded. No lease has been signed for the Eldersburg site, Michael Mozingo said.

The grocery chain plans to open a 29,000-square-foot store in Westminster at the Englar Business Center by the end of this year, he said.

The Eldersburg project -- called Elderwood Village -- will be built in two phases and will include seven business lots and 34 residential lots on 37 acres, Hull said.

The residential lots will be priced at $50,000, hesaid.

The developers must submit more plans before receiving final approval for the project.

ZONING CHANGE SOUGHT

The county Planning Commission is considering a request from Rylea Homes Inc. of Westminster to change the zoning on 5 acres on Route 97 at Krider's ChurchRoad from residential to industrial.

County planning staff recommended the change because there has been "a substantial change in the neighborhood," planner Steve Horn said.

A state highway maintenance center built across the road from Rylea's property changed the immediate neighborhood, he said.

In a closed session yesterday, the Planning Commission discussed a wrinkle in the case: The county is interested in buying the land to be used for the expansion of the county airport.

Commission members will visit the site before making a decision and recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners, whichhas the final say on whether the land is rezoned.

Westminster attorney Clark R. Shaffer, who is representing Rylea Homes, said he did not know what the company plans to do with the land. The company's owner could not be reached for comment yesterday.

ON-SITE VISITS CONSIDERED

WESTMINSTER -- The Mental Health, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Advisory Committee met yesterday to discuss on-site visits and increasing membership.

Chairman Roz Hyman suggested the committee consider making on-site visits to mental health facilities in the county.

"One of our objectives as a committee is to monitor, review and evaluate facilities and their programs in the county," Hyman said. "Now that we are increasing membership, we should pick teams and assign sites to visit throughout the course of the year."

Numerous mental health programs have changed in the course of the year and Hyman, alongwith Vice Chairman Janice Becker, noted the importance of keeping track of these county programs.

"This is what we are mandated to do," said Becker. "If we don't do this, we might as well not have this committee."

Becker added it is important to develop an evaluation sheet for each team to use when making an on-site visit, so each team would be using the same objectives.

Carroll has about 10 mental health programs that receive private and/or public money.

The committee agreed to form a subcommittee that would set guidelines for evaluating mental health programs.

In other business, Carroll's commissioners reappointed members whose terms had expired.

REGIONAL LEADERS MEET

The county commissioners met with their Baltimore-area counterparts Monday night to discuss matters of "mutual concern."

The commissioners met with leaders from Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Howard counties over dinner at the Middleton Tavernin Annapolis.

Among the topics of discussion was the fate of the alliance of the governments in the wake of the recent demise of the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments.

No decisions were made on the matter, Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy said yesterday. But the Carroll contingent made clear its concern over such issues as how federal transportation money will make its way to the counties in the absence of the BRCOG.

Much resentment remains since the demise of the BRCOG, and Lippy said he's weary of continuing discussion of what usedto be.

"BRCOG is as dead as a dodo," he said. "I told our colleagues I am getting a little irritated at continuing to talk about it."

If a new organization is formed, Lippy said he would suggest incorporating into its charter a mechanism by which a members could leave the group. The county leaders also discussed eligibility requirementsfor a new organization.

At Monday night's meeting, the group alsodiscussed the various state budget proposals being circulated in theGeneral Assembly in Annapolis.

The group was asked to endorse a proposal by House Speaker Clayton Mitchell over a plan submitted by Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

HEALTH PLAN IS COMING

An expansion of emergency services, more access to primary medical care, regulation of home-based health services and a plan for dealing with mentally retarded senior citizens are among the county's health needs in the coming year, officials say.

Carroll County members of the Western Maryland Health Planning Agency and two of its staff members met yesterday at Carroll Lutheran Village.

The agency's executive director, Bruce Cash, said he is meeting with officials in each of the member counties to learn about their needs in preparation for a regional healthplan for fiscal 1993.

The agency is supported through state fundsand money from Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties. It regulates the expansion of health-related services.

TOWNCRIME INCREASES

HAMPSTEAD -- A poor economy is causing an increase in crime and a higher than usual number of people who aren't payingtheir water bills, officials told the Town Council last night.

And the town's budget, which takes effect in July, will be a lean one, Town Manager John A. Riley said.

Consequently, council members made few requests for items to include in planning the 1993 budget.

Member Jacqueline Hyatt said she would like money for the town swimming pool and to plant trees in town, but said she had no dollar figure yet.

North Carroll Farms resident Myron Diehl criticized Hyatt -- as he did at the last meeting -- for asking for money for the pool inthe face of budget cuts.

"I'll be waiting, if the tax increase comes, to ask how we can spend this kind of money on a pool and trees when people can't pay their water bills," Diehl said.

Chief KennethRussell said that for January, police answered 225 calls, compared with 123 for January 1991.

"When people aren't working, we are," Russell said.

The calls included five domestic disputes, 39 thefts and one peeping Tom.

In other business, the council formally approved a resolution to change the zoning of a commercial building at 1340N. Main St. from residential to local business.

The vacant building is owned by Jerry and E. Virginia Wilhelm and was a flower shop until last year. The building had been zoned business until a change in1986.

The council voted that the 1986 change was a mistake. In the 3-2 vote, members Arthur C. Moler and Gary W. Bauer voted no.

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