NO WAIVER GRANTED

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Town Council voted, 4-1, against granting a waiver to four homeowners who do not want to hook into the municipal water system.

"These people didn't ask for annexation and shouldn't have to hook into the town line," said Councilman Bret D. Grossnickle, who cast the dissenting vote.

Other members said they did not want to make any exceptions for the 29 residents, whose properties have been annexed into town.

"Wehave an ordinance that we must follow," said Councilman Scott W. Davis. "Also, it wouldn't be fair to the other people if we didn't enforce that ordinance for everyone."

Town Engineer Ted Bertier said permits for the project were issued last week. Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr.scheduled a pre-bid conference for contractors on March 5. Bids would be due March 19.

"We should have a recommendation for the council by our next meeting," he said.

Members also authorized payment of about $1,100 to Potomac Edison to replace two poles on Union BridgeRoad.

An engineer from the power company will attend the March 23meeting to discuss lighting on Honeysuckle Lane.

POLICE STATION IS ON WAY

DATELINE: SYKESVILLE

SYKESVILLE -- The Town Council Monday night agreed to try to sell a piece of unused property on Sandosky Road to finance the renovation of the old maintenance building for a police station.

Council President Kenneth W. Clark said the Facilities Committee looked at various options for subsidizing the project.

Selling half of the town's four-acre lot was the most practical method of acquiring the estimated $100,000 needed to turn the existing building into a usable police station, he said.

In other business:

* The Public Works Department said it will place a dump truck outside the town's recycling center for newspaper collection from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning today, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

* The council deferred reappointment of the Board of ZoningAppeals members until March. Council members asked for a brief biography of the board, which needs one more member.

Anyone interested in serving on the Zoning Appeals Board may contact Town Manager JamesL. Schumacher at 795-6390.

* Jeanette Sullivan was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Committee, which needs two more members. Those interested may call Bill Hall at 795-4843.

* Mudd Woods of Pennsylvania was given the contract to build a portico for the train station. The $11,700 cost will be paid for with Maryland Historic Trust grant funds, Historic Preservation Committee and general funds.

TOUR THE PUMP HOUSE

DATELINE: UNION BRIDGE

UNION BRIDGE -- The Pump Housewill be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, offering residents an opportunity to inspect it as the possible site of a new Town Hall.

The Office Search Committee has recommended restoring the building on LocustStreet. At Monday's council session, Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. asked members for their opinion on the recommendation.

"A lot of people have told me they are really interested in that site," said Councilman Jeff Six.

Councilwoman Bonnie M. Hyde asked for estimates on therestoration project and wondered if costs would exceed construction of a new building. Councilman Scott W. Davis said he would favor whatever plan cost taxpayers the least money.

"The building has great potential," said Councilman Selby M. Black. "There's room for parkingand room to add on later."

CAB ADS ARE INTRODUCED

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- An ordinance that would allow cab companies to display advertising on their vehicles was introduced to the City Council Monday.

The request came from the Carroll Cab Co., which askedthe council either to allow the firm to place advertisements on its cabs or raise cab fares. The firm needs additional revenue to meet operating expenses, Councilman Stephen R. Chapin said.

Mayor W. Benjamin Brown asked the council to consider prohibiting any advertising of tobacco or alcohol on cabs.

But City Attorney John B. Walsh said he wasn't aware of any prohibitions against certain kinds of advertising and would have to research the issue.

He is expected to givethe council advice at its March 9 meeting.

KING HOLIDAY IS ON HOLD

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- City workers' proposal to add Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday to their list of holidays has not been resolved.

Although the council was expected to receive a report on the issue Monday, Councilwoman Rebecca Orenstein, chair of the Personnel Committee, said the issue was a "complex one" and she wasn'tprepared to give a report.

Mayor W. Benjamin Brown asked the council to table the matter because of "financial implications" until thecity begins its budgetary process.

Council President William F. Haifley, asking that the issue be addressed, said there are only financial implications if workers want to have the King birthday as an additional holiday.

The initial proposal before the council called for workers to trade one of their existing holidays for the King birthday.

Orenstein said workers have been surveyed about the issue but there are other matters that need to be worked out.

"The survey isonly one part of the process," she said, adding the issue does "equal money in a way" and asked Haifley to allow her more time to research the issue.

SHAFFER GETS SEND-OFF

A standing-room-only crowd turned out Monday morning at a send-off for Garland E. Shaffer, a carpenter who is retiring this week after almost 19 years as a county employee.

Shaffer, a 63-year-old Westminster resident, was lauded by family, friends, co-workers and the county commissioners. More than 50 people packed the commissioners' hearing room for the event.

"I think that's a tribute to the kind of person Garland is," said Department of Public Works Director Keith Kirschnick, under whom Shaffer worked. "He is a great employee, a pleasure to work with, and I'm going tomiss him."

Shaffer, whose retirement from the Bureau of Building Services is effective Saturday, said he was overwhelmed by the turnout, which included several of his seven siblings.

BOARD FORUM TONIGHT

DATELINE: HAMPSTEAD

HAMPSTEAD -- The nine charter board members will join eight people who want to challenge for their seats for a forum at 7:30 p.m tonight at North Carroll High School auditorium.

The17 candidates will be on the ballot for Tuesday's primary election. The top nine vote-getters will win seats on the board.

The currentboard members were appointed by the county commissioners last November, and charged with writing a charter that Carroll residents will vote on.

The event is being co-sponsored by the East Carroll Republican Club and the North Carroll Democratic Club.

TREE COMMITTEE MEETS

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- The Westminster Tree Commission will ask Mayor W. Benjamin Brown to allow the city to participate in the county's Arbor Day ceremony.

Commission member Neil Ridgelysaid the city's participation in the April 1 program in Hampstead would make a bigger splash for Arbor Day. Westminster still will plant a tree in the city that day, he said.

He said Hampstead and Manchester have established tree commissions and a well-attended ceremony would encourage them to continue their focus and help them "not to lose speed, so to speak." The commission asked Planning Director Thomas B. Beyard to seek mayoral approval.

In addition, the commission plans to nominate Westminster for the county's municipal tree award, which will be given that day. The deadline for nomination is March 15. A six-member county committee is reviewing nomination for various tree planting and other horticulture awards.

STATE APPROVES CROSSING

DATELINE: HAMPSTEAD

HAMPSTEAD -- Despite objections from North Carroll Farms residents, the state Department of Transportation has approved the construction of a crossing at the CSX tracks so Farm Woods Lanecould be extended to Route 30.

Town Manager John A. Riley informed the Planning and Zoning Commission Monday night of the state's approval. The approval requires the installation of flashing lights, the closing of another road, and design approval and a maintenance agreement from CSX.

The crossing would be part of an expansion of North Carroll Farms by developer Martin K. P. Hill's Woodhaven Building andDevelopment.

Several residents of the 97 single-family homes haveattended meetings to oppose the building of an additional 72 town houses and 148 houses on the more than 60 acres that backs their community.

They object to the development on the grounds that the impactof the additional homes would be too great on traffic, water and school services.

EMERGENCY AID WILL END

A state budget squeeze will eliminate the emergency assistance program and tighten eligibility requirements for general public assistance beginning this spring.

Department of Social Services Director M. Alexander Jones told the agency's board yesterday that beginning April 1, the state no longer will provide the grants of $100 to $200 for emergencies such as evictions,thefts, being stranded away from home or the breakdown of stoves or refrigerators. The fund also had provided up to $735 toward burial.

In the 1991 fiscal year, Carroll received $9,800 in state money forsuch emergencies. Two-thirds went toward burials for families that otherwise couldn't have afforded them, Jones said.

He said some legislative bills are pending to continue the subsidies for burials.

"Some people are saying if the money's there, spend it on the living rather than the dead," Jones said. "Somehow, when you've got a familyin bereavement, it might make sense logically, but it's difficult tocope with."

Jones said private charitable organizations such as Human Services Programs will probably come under pressure to find money and other resources for families that won't be able to get the state help.

BUDGET SESSION TONIGHT

DATELINE: MANCHESTER

MANCHESTER -- Forsaking its usual biweekly discussions of sewage, growth, citizen complaints and the police department, the Town Council tonight will focus almost exclusively on the budget for the next fiscal year.

As the first of the season's budget work sessions, tonight's 7:30 meeting is expected to focus on the effects of state cutbacks, tax base stagnation and the possibility of having to pay for a full-time town manager for the year beginning July 1.

The current fiscal year's budget -- with a tax rate of 42 cents for every $100 of assessed valuation on property -- brings in just under $900,000. For the year beginning in July, the budget should start to approach $1 million, officials said.

No word has been given on whether a property tax increase will be considered.

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