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Troopers ask county for 14 new cars

Carroll County's resident state troopers need 14 new patrol cars, costing about $189,000, because of high mileage on the present vehicles, the county commissioners were told yesterday.

Lt. Roy Neigh, commander of the Westminster barracks, said the cars should be ordered now so they could be available by next spring.

Seven of the 14 cars to be replaced are expected to have 140,000 miles on the odometer by then, and at least one could be close to 160,000, Lieutenant Neigh said.

The requested vehicles, Ford Crown Victorias, would cost $13,500 each. Ford was the lowest bidder for all state police cars, and the county could buy into this order. The car gets the best mileage of those offered by bidding companies, police said.

Under the resident program, Carroll County pays all the costs of the 44 resident troopers, including their patrol cars.

Lieutenant Neigh also told the commissioners that under the announced policy of Superintendent Larry W. Tolliver, additional enforcement personnel will be on the highways on the Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day holiday weekends.

Extension service seeks budget increase

The Carroll County Extension Service yesterday asked the county commissioners for $27,495 more than last year to cover benefits previously paid by the state for the agency's four employees.

The rest of the agency's $261,580 budget request is the same as last year's, said extension agent David Greene.

"We're funding [the benefits] this year with the money we're not spending in the Gypsy Moth Program," said county Budget Director Steven D. Powell.

The county Gypsy Moth Program, a separate budget item, reimburses the state for survey work to determine where the insect populations are and spraying to control them. County extension agents have requested $12,500, an increase of $8,500, for the program next year.

"We primarily want to keep track of what's out there," Mr. Greene said of the survey.

The Forest Conservancy Board requested $990, the same amount it has requested for the past few years. Conservation XTC money is spent for the county Arbor Day poster contest and to provide speakers for county high school forestry classes.

The conservancy also provides technical advice to county personnel.

Carroll bond bill gets a hearing

ANNAPOLIS -- A bill to authorize Carroll County to borrow $10 million for capital projects was heard this week by the House Appropriations Committee.

Del. Richard C. Matthews, a Carroll Republican, said he does not expect any opposition to the bill.

The legislation would allow the county to sell up to $10 million in bonds to pay for such things as building renovations, road projects and the airport expansion.

Russian pianist to hold master class

Alexander Peskanov, an internationally known pianist and founder of the Piano Olympics, will conduct an all-day master class for piano tomorrow in Western Maryland College's Levine Recital Hall.

The class, open to the public, will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will cost $15 for adults and $5 for students. The class will be limited to the first 80 participants.

Mr. Peskanov has performed with orchestras major U.S. cities and has appeared on the PBS special "Odessa on the Savannah -- The Music of Alexander Peskanov." He recently took his Piano Olympics to Hood College in Frederick.

The Piano Olympics is a program using the techniques of the Russian school for piano.

Information: Dr. David Kreider, 857-2559.

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