Commissioners OK another trip to incinerator
The County Commissioners voted yesterday to join town mayors and town council members on a trip to a waste-to-energy plant near Lancaster, Pa.
County officials have visited the Lancaster County Resource Recovery Facility before to learn about that county's comprehensive solid waste management system.
Commissioner President Donald I. Dell has said a waste-to-energy plant -- which produces power by burning trash -- will be seriously considered as an alternative to trash disposal in Carroll.
County environmental officials are working to update Carroll's 10-year solid waste management plan, which will recommend a waste-to-energy plant as an option.
Town representatives have expressed interest in seeing the plant and county officials are hoping to schedule a trip next month.
Both Mr. Dell and Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy voted for the trip. Commissioner Julia W. Gouge, who was absent, has not supported incineration and has not visited the plant.
Work session slated for forest ordinance
County officials plan to hold a work session on the county's proposed forest conservation ordinance later this month to review concerns raised by developers, environmentalists and farmers at public meetings.
Jim Slater, administrator of the county's Office of Environmental Services, said the session would follow the close of the 10-day period the public has to respond to the proposed ordinance. The state-mandated ordinance is aimed at preserving the county's fragmented forests.
"Most of the comments were manageable," Mr. Slater told the commissioners yesterday. "The comments at the public hearing [Monday] were balanced. There seemed to be an equal number for and against."
The state Department of Natural Resources has given the
county's plan conditional approval. State offi
cials are awaiting the commissioners' adoption of the ordinance before granting final approval.
The law is expected to become effective Jan. 1, 1993.
Maryland Care-A-Van to visit Cranberry mall
The "Maryland Care-A-Van," which provides information about state services, will stop at Cranberry Mall in Westminster from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.
The purpose of the van is to help residents better understand services available through state government.
The Maryland Job Service will have job listings available, the attorney general's office will answer questions about consumer complaints and health issues, and consumers will be able to purchase hunting and fishing licenses from the Department of Natural Resources.
Information also will be available on aging, the Chesapeake Bay, agriculture, transportation, human resources, public safety, planning, housing, energy, education and the lottery.