2 outgoing parks board members feted


Two outgoing members of the Carroll Recreation and Parks Board are "tremendous people" who have served the county well, department Director John P. Little said yesterday.

The board honored Earl Hersh of Union Mills and Joanne Neil of Eldersburg at its monthly meeting at the Piney Run Park Nature Center in Eldersburg.

Mr. Hersh, a board member since 1968, was a "founding father" of the county's recreation program, Mr. Little said.

"A lot of good things have happened" in the past 24 years, Mr. Hersh said.

Joint-use agreements that allow recreation programs to use public school facilities, self-help projects in which volunteers and the county share program costs, and help from volunteers have made recreation programs possible, he said.

"I was just proud to be a part of this," said Mr. Hersh, who last year retired as supervisor of physical education and athletics after more than 30 years as a Board of Education employee.

As chairwoman of a committee charged with exploring a controversial county-owned outdoor shooting range, Ms. Neil "took a lot of shots," Mr. Little said.

The department always had a plan and was able to implement it efficiently, she said.

"It has been a pleasure," Ms. Neil said.

In other business yesterday:

* Barbara Gundina, a county therapeutic recreational specialist, announced that Cranberry Mall in Westminster will donate $3,000 to help pay for more handicapped-accessible equipment at the Community Pond playground.

County staffers and members of Carroll's four Rotary Clubs helped install new handicapped-accessible equipment at the park last Saturday.

* The board agreed to table for two years a request from the Charles Carroll Recreation Council concerning concession stands at the Carroll County Sports Complex.

Rec council member Vernon Smith told the board last month that the council's concession stand lost about $2,000 this year because a privately owned stand was open during some rec league games.

Joe Wasmer has a contract to run the private concession stand. He shares about 21 percent of his gross sales with the county, Chief of Recreation Jeff Degitz said. The county's share through August of this year was about $4,000, he said.

Board member Romeo Valianti said he opposed any change in the agreement with Mr. Wasmer, whose contract expires at the end of the 1994 season.

* The board agreed to write a letter to Baltimore officials to encourage them to continue allowing recreational activities at the Liberty Reservoir. The city, which owns the reservoir, has appointed a task force to examine management of the area.

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