Friendship Valley opens
WESTMINSTER -- Students won't go in until the fall, but the new Friendship Valley Elementary School has been completed enough to allow in Principal Curtis Schnorr, secretaries and custodians to ready the building.
The school's architect declared the school "substantially complete" May 19, which qualified it for an occupancy permit so that non-construction staff could begin working there, said Lester Surber, supervisor of school facilities and planning.
In other school construction updates, Surber told the school Construction Committee at its meeting last Wednesday that:
* Demolition of the 1947 section of Winfield Elementary School is planned for July, and expansion of the school is going well. Surber said the first phase will be completed in time for fall, and the entire project completed by fall of 1993.
* The rebuilt Sandymount Elementary School could be ready for occupancy as early as September, but perhaps later in the school year.
* Excavation is continuing and footings are being poured for the new Runnymede Elementary School between Westminster and Taneytown.
* The Board of Education will choose an architect for the new New Windsor Middle School at its June meeting.
Club officers installed
WESTMINSTER -- New officers of the Tri-District Republican Club were installed Thursday at the club's annual dinner at the Wakefield Valley Golf Club.
John R. Block, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under former President Ronald Reagan, was the keynote speaker and installed the officers who were elected last month.
They are: President Mike Craig, Vice President John Buchheister, Recording Secretary Sandy Gover, Treasurer Nadine Saylor, Corresponding Secretary Don Taylor, Manchester Director Jack Cugle, Hampstead Director Gordon Craig, and Woolerys Director Milton Vane.
Fields elects board
HAMPSTEAD -- Two new members were elected to the Fields Homeowners Association in Roberts Field at the annual meeting Wednesday in Spring Garden Elementary School.
Wayne Thomas of Trapper Court and Robert Boland of Old Field Lane are the two newest members.
The remaining board members are President Jim Rock, Secretary Donna Lyons, Vernon Hallis and Russell Laderer.
The association meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Town Hall, 1034 S. Carroll St.
At Wednesday's meeting, residents listen several concerns they wanted the association to address. However, their main concern, which is confusion over property lines among the many lots, is something the association can do nothing about, said former President Megan Rock of Boxwood Drive.
She said those disputes will have to be settled between the homeowners and developer Martin K. P. Hill.
Rock also urged the many residents who showed up for the annual meeting to come to the monthly meetings as well, and to other town and county meetings when serious issues arise.
Greg Jugo of Brush Master Drive said the association should publish a newsletter more frequently.
3 students honored
WESTMINSTER -- Three Western Maryland College students from Carroll County received academic awards, scholarships and inductions into honor societies during the Spring Awards Ceremony for underclassmen on April 26 at the WMC campus.
* Wendy M. Gayo, class of '93 and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Gayo Jr. of Finksburg, received the Ralph B. Price Scholarship, established in 1987 by former students of Dr. Price, professor emeritus of economics, who taught at Western Maryland from 1954 to 1977.
She also received the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants Outstanding Achievement in Accounting Award and was inducted into the WMC Trumpeters, a campus-based honor society for juniors that recognizes leadership skills, integrity and campus involvement.
Gayo, who majors in business administration, is an accounting tutor and teacher assistant.
* Jeffrey Sharp, class of '94 and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sharp of Sykesville, received the Outstanding Sophomore Art Scholarship. Sharp, an art major, is active in the college's Art and Photography Club.
* Jesse E. Taylor, class of '93 and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Taylor of Westminster, received the David Brian Cross Memorial Award for Achievement in Mathematics.
Taylor, a chemistry and mathematics major, has assisted Dr. Richard Smith, professor of chemistry at WMC, in research on chemotherapeutic substances. This summer he will conduct a theoretical research project for Smith. He is expected to pursue post-graduate studies in theoretical mathematics.
The awards were presented by Dr. Philip Sayre, dean of student affairs, and senior members of the Trumpeters.
Examine housing plan
County government and a land planning consultant will conduct a three-day "design expedition" today through Friday for residents with concerns about a county proposal to convert seven houses near the Westminster airport into transitional housing.
Transitional housing accommodates those who have exhausted their stays at homeless shelters and others who are in imminent danger of eviction or homelessness. The maximum stay at transitional housing would be two years, compared with 12 weeks at the four homeless shelters run by a non-profit county agency. Transitional housing also can provide other support services, such as job training or transportation.
The Department of Citizen Services has proposed relocating the houses the county has purchased along Route 97 and Pinch Valley Road and renovating them into apartments. They would form a "hamlet" on adjacent property. The houses were bought in connection with the airport expansion project. County officials intend to apply for state and federal grants to pay for the project.
The expedition will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at 814 Littlestown Pike (Route 97). Parking will be available in the dirt lot next to Feeser's Fruit Market, 842 Littlestown Pike.
For information, contact Jolene G. Sullivan, citizen services director, at 848-4049, or Mike Evans, Department of General Services director, at 857-2656.
Easement policy set
The county Planning and Zoning Commission voted last week to allow the county building code official to decide whether residents can place sheds in easements reserved for drainage and utilities.
Inspectors have found that many homeowners in subdivisions have placed sheds in the easements without permits. The ruling allows the building official to decide on a case-by-case basis whether the easement is needed and should be cleared of obstructions. It also gives residents an opportunity to make adjustments in where they place sheds or other structures.
Town to interview
MANCHESTER -- In hopes of hiring a full-time manager before June 12, the Town Council tonight will interview seven of the 13 people who have applied for the job.
The closed-door interviews will follow the council's regularly scheduled meeting at the Town Hall on York Street.
That meeting will focus on a report by the police chief and the enactment of two ordinances, one allowing a new stop sign on Michelle Drive and another giving the Town Council the right to decide residency requirements for the town's zoning administrator.
The interviews for the $28,000 to $30,000 manager's position come almost two months after the town formally decided to create the job.
New program delayed
Due to a change in computer contractors, the Carroll County Department of Social Services will be forced to delay the start of its electronic food stamp program, the county's Social Services Department board of directors learned Tuesday.
M. Alexander Jones, the director of the department, said the program, which allows food stamp recipients to use a card similar to a credit card to purchase their food, said the delay is due to a change in computer contractors at the state level.
The program, which was already delayed, is going to be implemented on an incremental basis in the state's largest districts, such as Baltimore, Baltimore County and Prince George's County, Jones said.