Zoning panel OKs Four Seasons workHAMPSTEAD --...


Zoning panel OKs Four Seasons work

HAMPSTEAD -- Carroll County's Board of Zoning Appeals has approved the Four Seasons Sports Complex's request to convert its indoor tennis courts into indoor soccer fields or other recreational uses.

Kevin Bidelspach, president of K and M Partnership, which owns the complex, requested the modification because new programs have been added to the center's offerings.

The board decided the parking lot would need to be enlarged, but the change would not adversely affect neighboring properties or the public interest.

1,000 apply for jobs at planned Wal-Mart


WESTMINSTER -- About 1,000 people had applied for jobs as of yesterday at the Wal-Mart store set to open here this fall, the store manager said.

Company representatives began taking applications Saturday and will continue until Friday, said manager L.J. Thomas.

He expects about 2,000 applicants, an average number for a new Wal-Mart store.

The store will hire 245 to 250 full- and part-time employees, he said.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Ark., rented a conference room at Lee's Motel on Route 140 to screen prospective employees.

Employees, who will be split evenly between full- and part-time, will be hired gradually, Mr. Thomas said. Some applicants are being called back this week for follow-up interviews, he said.

The 116,000-square-foot store at the Englar Business Park is scheduled to be open before Thanksgiving, Mr. Thomas said.

Construction is on schedule, said Dave King, project manager for Morgan-Keller Inc. of Frederick, the general contractor.

Mr. Thomas said this is the first Wal-Mart he has managed. He began with the company as an hourly employee and has worked at stores in Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama.

The discount store will have a garden center, pharmacy and snack bar.

Board lets man park septic truck at home

The county Board of Zoning Appeals has ruled that a county resident may park his septic cleaning truck at his home.

Neighbors had complained about the truck being parked at the home of Joseph P. Nuzzo Sr. in the 2100 block of Brookmead Court, which has a Reisterstown address but is in Carroll County near the Baltimore County line. The neighbors complained that septic waste was leaking from the truck onto Brookmead Court.

Mr. Nuzzo owns Michael's Septic Service.

The zoning board ruled that the county zoning administrator has a "long-established policy" of allowing drivers of commercial vehicles to park the vehicles at their homes.

The complaint about leaking septic waste does not involve land use, so is not a proper matter for the board to consider, the ruling said.

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