Planning for police
The Carroll County commissioners will consider setting aside money in the five-year capital projects plan for construction of police facilities or other costs that would be associated with a county police force.
The county has been studying the costs of creating a county police force since last fall. The state cut its 25 percent contribution to the Resident Trooper Program, which has been Carroll's main law enforcement division.
Because of the state's budget problems, the cut is expected toremain in effect indefinitely. That means the county pays the full cost for the officers, while the state administers the program and controls facilities and equipment.
"From all indications, . . . we're heading in the direction of a county police force," said Commission President Donald I. Dell at a Monday staff meeting.
"It bothers me that we're paying for all this stuff and we don't own it."
The county could plan for a police facility in its capital budget, then delay the expenditure from year to year if other options are more feasible.
The commissioners suggested that the trooper program could be revived when state leadership changes in 1994.
The Board of Education approved about 200 books that teachers may have available as supplementary reading in their classrooms.
They include novels, storybooks and collections of non-fiction that complement textbooks.
Another 352 books are still being reviewed by staff before recommendation to the school board. All books have been reviewed by a large committee of parents and community residents, who approved all but one book -- "Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon," which had been proposed for eighth grade.
The teachers did not recommend seven books in addition to "Junie Moon." Reasons were mostly that they were inappropriate for the age group proposed. One was passed over for lack of literary quality, and two were turned down by the teachers because of religion.
In other business Wednesday, the board approved:
* A new contract -- using the same formula as last year -- for paying bus companies that provide buses and drivers for Carroll schools.
* A lease for four day-care agencies that use 13 school buildings for before- and after-hours care. The agencies are YMCA of Greater Baltimore, ABC Care Inc., Rainbows and Reasons Corp. and Play Time Corp.
* A bid from Fitch Company for $14,345 for five carpet extractors for various schools.
* Two perpetual easements from the Stickles property that will connect the existing Mechanicsville Elementary School property with a parcel recently purchased by the county as part of expansion of the school.
* The appointment of Cynthia Eckenrode to replace Robert Bonner on the Mechanicsville Elementary School Construction Planning Committee.
Council mulls tree law
HAMPSTEAD -- The Town Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Town Hall, 1034 S. Carroll St. to vote on an ordinance that would create a tree commission and comprehensive tree plan with such details as spacing, pruning, removal of dead or diseased trees and penalties for violators.