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Citizens group honored

A Union Bridge-area citizens group has been honored by Carroll Earth Care for its efforts to safeguard the environment.

Residents for a Healthier Union Bridge Area received an award from the environmental group April 25 as part of Earth Day celebrations at Piney Run Park.

RHUBA was formed last year when Lehigh Portland Cement Co. in Union Bridge announced plans to burn wastes as alternative fuels in its kilns. The group opposed the plan.

The group has about 12 core members and has become involved in statewide issues.

Contract is awarded

UNION BRIDGE: The Town Council awarded a $5,280 mowing contract Monday night.

The contract, for 26 weeks, went to T & D Lawn Service of Westminster.

The council also announced that spring clean-up will be open for town residents from 8 a.m. to noon May 16 on the town lot.

WESTMINSTER -- Mayor W. Benjamin Brown and the city council are considering rescinding the recently passed ordinance that would raise the permit fee for a taxicab license from $25 to $50.

In addition, the council may readjust the new taxicab operator license fee from $15 to $5 per year. The council had recently

raised the fee from $2 per year.

Complaints from Carroll County Cab owner Don Brannon, who was concerned about rising insurance and other business costs, prompted the adjustments.

Brannon agreed to renew three of his six cabs at the new rate.


Grading session slated

Carroll commissioners have scheduled a public work session on May 13 on proposed revisions to the county's grading and sediment ordinance. A time for the session has not been set.

"We're updating [the ordinance] to get it in sync with new environmental laws, like more emphasis on storm water regulation and forest conservation," said James E. Slater, Office of Environmental Services administrator.

"We've gone through [the ordinance] so it fits better with all of them," he said. "It's one of our older environmental ordinances."

One of the significant proposed revisions in the ordinance concerns grading permits. If the revisions are approved, the permits would be issued by the Office of Environmental Services instead of the Department of General Services, as under current practice.

The environmental staff also has proposed raising grading permit and other fees, but the issue has been put on hold until officials discuss the matter with the county budget staff. The revised fees, which are expected to generate an additional $5,000, would affect the county's proposed 1993 budget, already given tentative approval by the commissioners.

Family grant received

The Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. has received a $177,000 grant to establish a Family Support Center in the old distillery building, owned by the county.

The facility, expected to open July 1, would offer support services such as parenting, nutrition and child care to young parents, according to Sylvia Canon, executive director of the non-profit group. The Human Services Programs cater to low-income households.

The grant, she said, comes from the Friends of the Family, a non-profit group that receives some state funds. The program will serve families with children up to 3 years old, she said.

The center will be on the fourth level of the building.

Building on agenda

SYKESVILLE -- The Planning Commission will review a revised preliminary plan for the Boulder Hill Subdivision, following last month's rejection of a prototype infiltration storm water system.

Phase I of the remaining four sections of Shannon Run also will be reviewed.

Other items on the agenda are updates on the transportation study, the Freedom Sewer District and county review procedures for developments.

Information: 795-6390.


Public hearing set

MOUNT AIRY -- A public hearing before the Town Council on two proposed zoning ordinance amendments is set for 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Town Hall.

The regularly scheduled council meeting will follow at 8 p.m.

The proposed amendments would allow the town planning commission to approve gravel parking areas under certain conditions and front-yard setbacks on certain properties without approval from the Board of Zoning Appeals.

The planning commission voted unanimously to recommend that the council adopt the amendments.

Your county government

The commissioners meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 857-2044.


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