Marada Industries Inc. has become the sixth major contributor to theCarroll Community College Founders' Endowment Fund.
Joseph F. Shields, CCC executive dean, accepted a $2,500 donation to the fund fromMarada general manager Kenneth Jacobs last Friday.
"Due to the recent education budget cuts and because we feel the quality education that Carroll Community College offers is a vital contribution to the enhancement of our work force, Marada Industries ishonored to contribute to the Endowment Fund," Jacobs said.
Maradais a division of Cosma International and Magna International, the largest automotive component manufacturer in North America. The local firm employs 205 people at its Air Park facility where more than 40,000 tons of steel a year are processed.
The college has implemented training programs for Marada in recent years. Additionally, eight Marada employees are enrolled at CCC through the company's tuition reimbursement program.
"It's through the generosity of companies like yours that Carroll Community College will be able to meet the educational needs of Carroll County residents in the future," Shields told Jacobs.
Marada's contribution will be matched through the state of Maryland's Private Donation Incentive Program. A plaque in the college's board room also will recognize Marada.
MISSION OPENS STORE
SYKESVILLE -- The Westminster Rescue Mission opened its second store Feb. 15 at 7550 Main St. as part of a program to expand its services to other areas of the county.
"We'd been looking for a second store for about six years, butit always seemed like the rent was too high or something wasn't right," said the Rev. William Correll, Rescue Mission executive director.
The downtown business area is ideal for the mission store, which will offer clothing, toys, bikes, small appliances and more, he said,adding that Sykesville doesn't have a similar store.
Correll is hoping to draw customers from the South Carroll communities, as well as nearby Howard County.
"We've found out at the Westminster store that people from every economic level come in and buy from us," Correll said.
The Rescue Mission stores support the organization's six-month substance abuse program located on a 40-acre farm on Lucabaugh Mill Road. Correll said if the Sykesville store does as well as Westminster, he would like to expand the mission's program to include morepeople.
The Rescue Mission is a private, non-profit organization supported solely through donations from area churches and the community. Donations of all kinds are welcome, Correll said.
The new store will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; phone, 795-7250.
BECOMING A TREE CITY
WESTMINSTER -- For the third year, Westminster has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
To become a Tree City, Westminster had to have a tree board or department, a city tree ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.
ECUADOR THANKS ROTARY
WESTMINSTER -- The Westminster Rotary Club Wednesday night honored representatives of the Ecuadorian government, who thanked the club and city for their help in providing medical supplies to Ecuadorian people.
"We got Carroll County General Hospital to donate medical supplies, and we donated money for a truck to get the supplies into the mountainous areas of the country to the tribes who needed them," said Stephen Chapin, Rotary president.
Tammy Fesche, a native of Ecuador and a Rotarian, helped organize the donation by contacting the government for support in accepting the supplies and dispensing them.
"The beautiful thing is that you're helping a lot of people," Fesche said. "The hospital gave two fetal monitors and they've helped so many women."
At the dinner offering their thanks for the medical aid were Gen. Jose Villamil and Col. George Burbano of the military attache's office. Ecuadorian Ambassador to the Organization of American States, Miguel A. Vasco, was unable to make the dinner due to a minor traffic accident.
Fesche said Burbano presented Chapin with several gifts of appreciation for the help to his country. Chapin, as city councilman, gave the Ecuadorians a key tothe city, commemorative coins, a book on county architecture and a certificate of honorary citizenship from Gov. William Donald Schaefer.
COUNCIL AGENDA SET
WESTMINSTER -- An ordinance that would allow the city's sole taxi cab company to place advertisements on its vehicles will be introduced to the City Council Monday.
Carroll County Cab has asked the council to let it advertise onits cabs as an additional revenue generator. The firm also had askedthe council for an undetermined rate increase. Both matters were referred to the council's Finance Committee for review.
In other matters, the council is expected to receive a recommendation from its Personnel Committee regarding employees' requests to trade one of their holidays in order to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in January. All city employees have been surveyed about the proposal.
The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. at the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department hall.
SYKESVILLE -- The Town Council will reappoint its Zoning Commission members and name a new member to the Recreation and Parks Committee at tomorrow's meeting at 7 p.m. at the Town House.
Also on the agenda is a public hearing on the zoning ordinance text and updates on Raincliffe Center, the transportation conference and planning guidelines.
The mayor and council are expected to take action on bids for the train station portico, discuss the county's recycling and solid waste disposal system and have a charter workshop.
The county charter board is scheduled to conduct the last in a series of preliminary public hearings at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Francis Scott Key High School auditorium.
The nine-member board, charged with writing a charter that Carroll residents will vote on, isconducting the hearings to get public input on what the charter should contain. After Tuesday's hearing, the board will begin the processof writing the charter.
A charter would serve as a constitution for Carroll and would change the county's government from the current commissioner form. One possibility is an elected county council and county executive, but the government could take other forms.
The board was appointed by the county commissioners last fall. Members are trying to finish writing the charter in time for it to be included onthe ballot for the November general election.
HAMPSTEAD -- Nine charter board members and eight challengers who will oppose them in the March 3 primary will appear at a candidates' forum Wednesday night at Francis Scott Key High School.
The forum begins at 7:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium.
The current board members were picked by the county commissioners to write a charter for Carroll, a task they have been working on since last November.
The eight challengers were dissatisfied with the commissioners' selections to the board and decided to contest them for seats. The challengers collected enough signatures on a petition last December to be placed on the ballot.
The top nine vote-getters among the 17 candidates will take seats on the charter board.
WATER COMMITTEE MEETS
A committee charged with generating suggestions for maintaining county storm water management facilities has decided to draft alist detailing priority issues and projects.
During its monthly meeting Thursday afternoon, the Stormwater Management Ad-Hoc Committeediscussed compiling a list of priority issues and projects that it will prepare for the county commissioners. The 12-member group hopes to complete the list by June.
COPPERFIELD EXTENSION UP
TANEYTOWN -- The town Planning and Zoning Commission will consider an extension for the Copperfield development's preliminary plans tomorrow.
The commission meets at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the CityOffice on East Baltimore Street.
Copperfield developer/owner Tom Poss is asking the city to grant a six-month extension for him to submit a preliminary plan.
City Manager Joseph A. Mangini said the extension is needed because Poss has hired different engineers, who need time to orient themselves with the planned development of single-family homes.
The first phase of the development already has been built on the northeast side of the city.
In other business, the commission will consider:
* A preliminary plan review for the MountainBrook development on the south side of the city.
* A request froma resident who wants to build an addition to a town house.
* A request by Leonard Wantz to subdivide his commercial property on East Baltimore Street. He wants to relocate his car dealership and add buildings, including a supermarket, Mangini said.
* A traffic impact study from the county.
* A request regarding the White Birch development.
EDUCATION IS FOCUS NOW
Members of the county Recycling Committee will switch their focus to educating residents and haulers about curbside pickup of materials that will start July 1.
Chairman James Thomas suggested the committee have a more specific role and goal.
In the past four years, it has served as a citizen board to oversee the development of a plan and to recommend one for approval by the county commissioners, which appointed the members.
"We could be the committee that develops the educational program and puts out the brochures and literature," said Gary W. Bauer, Hampstead councilman and committee member.
Department of General Services Director J. Michael Evans said the county's instructions to the public will be changing.
"It used to be the educational message was 'Take the stuff to the bins, if you want,' " Evans said.
But as of July 1, residents will be required to recycle metal cans, paper, cardboard and plastic and glass bottles. Haulers, likewise, will be banned from bringing large amounts of recyclables into the county landfill.
Evans said the county will be educating haulers and licensing them as a way of exercising authority. Haulers then will be responsible for making their customers comply by sorting out recyclables.
The county also will have speakers go to community groups and schools, Evans said.
ADDITION PLANS ON TAP
DATELINE: MOUNT AIRY
MOUNT AIRY -- An addition toa 5,000-square-foot plumbing and heating contracting firm is expected to be approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission tomorrow night.
The commission, in its regular monthly meeting, will consider the 750-square-foot addition to the one-story Leeland Contractors building in the 200 block of East Ridgeville Boulevard. Town planner Teresa Bamberger said last week that she will recommend that the commission approve the plans. The building is in a commercially zoned part of town.
The commission also will review new concept plans for the Mount Airy Community Center as it prepares to relocate at a recently leased site downtown.