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Parking 'deputies' proposed to patrol handicapped spaces


Richard Wilson of Westminster wants people who park illegally in handicapped spaces to be looking over their shoulders.

The 72-year-old suggested that he and a group of other senior Carroll County citizens be "deputized" to issue tickets to violators.

Mr. Wilson presented the idea to Commissioner Julia W. Gouge yesterday afternoon during her monthly public meeting at the County Office Building. He said he would be willing to spend two hours a day patrolling.

He and his wife, Myra, who also attended the meeting, do not use parking spaces for the disabled, he said. But it bothers him when younger people do so only because the spaces are convenient, he said.

Mrs. Gouge said she would talk to County Attorney Charles W. Thompson about the idea. Volunteers are helping the county in all kinds of ways, she added.

Also at the meeting yesterday, Karen Dattilio of Westminster talked to Mrs. Gouge about how the county can be more involved in helping residents preserve family cemeteries.

Ms. Dattilio, a member of the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites, said Carroll has 150 to 180 family burial grounds, some of which have been lost because houses and other structures were built over them.

"My aim is to save the ones that are left," she said.

Ms. Dattilio suggested that county staff members who deal with development seek input from her and others active in saving cemeteries when reviewing development plans.

"Let us help you. We're willing," she said.

She said she also would like the commissioners' permission to walk on two county-owned properties to look for signs of cemeteries. She would like to look at the Uniontown and Gillis Falls reservoir areas.

Mrs. Gouge said she would talk with the other commissioners and Mr. Thompson about the request.

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