Transit director asks to extend closing deadlineCarroll...


Transit director asks to extend closing deadline

Carroll Transit System could probably survive its budget cuts with a little more time, Executive Director Linda Boyer will tell the non-profit agency's board.

One long-term solution proposed by Mrs. Boyer would be to purchase insurance and vehicle maintenance through Carroll County government.

Other solutions could include raising fares, seeking more grants, increasing ridership and fund-raising drives.

"There's no one offender," Mrs. Boyer said. "We are literally going through every program, nickel and dime-ing it."

Thirty days ago, the board set today as its deadline to decide whether to keep the agency's doors open, in the face of deep state budget cuts. The agency is the county's only public transportation, with a clientele of mostly senior citizens and people with handicaps.

The meeting is at 9:30 a.m. today at the agency's headquarters.

County needs land for public projects

The county gave notice of its intent yesterday to buy four pieces of property for public works projects. The properties are:

* 0.236 acres owned by Dolores M. Mathias at Bennett and Oklahoma roads for an Oklahoma Road pipe culvert. Cost -- $375.

* 0.086 acres owned by Francis C. Horrigan on Oklahoma Road for the pipe culvert. Cost -- $325.

* 0.146 acres owned by Jessie D. and Loia S. Hooper on Oklahoma Road for the pipe culvert. Cost -- $1,200.

* 0.042 acres owned by Steve R. and Vicki L. Ensor on Bark Hill Road for the Bark Hill Road storm drain. Cost -- $500.

County to buy fan to help ease ills

The county commissioners voted yesterday to spent $4,000 to install a fan in the basement copying room of the County Office Building to help improve working conditions there.

Employees have complained of rashes and other allergic-type reactions since a copier and blueprint machine were installed in a small basement room a couple of years ago, Director of Public Works Keith R. Kirschnick said.

Three studies turned up no health hazards, but some county and Board of Education employees who work in basement offices still experienced problems, he said.

A fourth study done recently at no charge by Thermal Services Inc. of Finksburg also found no health hazards, but suggested ways to improve air quality in the room, Mr. Kirschnick said. The fan will improve ventilation in the room, he said.

TSI recommended installing air-quality sensors and alarms at a cost of $6,800, but the commissioners did not act on the proposal.

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