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Carroll to purchase 2 portable buildings

Carroll County government plans to buy two modular buildings from Martin Marietta Corp. to house school administrators, Commissioner Donald I. Dell said yesterday.

The portable buildings will cost one-third of the price of building a new headquarters for school administrators, he said.

School administrators must move out of their offices in the Courthouse Annex on Court Street because the court needs more space.

Moving the portables from a Martin Marietta site in Baltimore County to Carroll, installing them and building a parking lot would cost $2.5 million, Mr. Dell said.

Each modular has 30,000 square feet of space.

Yesterday Mr. Dell, Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy, two members of the county planning commission and other county staffers visited Martin Marietta to look at the buildings.

Officials have not decided where to locate the portables, Mr. Dell said.

The county also is considering buying a third portable from the defense company for $1.2 million for use by the Health Department, he said.

County buys Miller's land for airport project

Carroll County commissioners bought almost a half-acre of land from businessman C. J. "Buck" Miller and his mother, Clara J. Miller, yesterday for the expansion project at the Carroll County Regional Airport.

The county also compensated Mr. Miller for having to move the entrance road to his home, off Meadow Branch Road, to accommodate the expansion.

The county will pay Mr. Miller, who operates an excavating and paving company in Hampstead, $80,750. Of that amount, $76,745 is to compensate him for moving his road.

The remainder is to pay for the .4710 acre, papers show.

Mr. Miller plans to build a five-lot subdivision called Life's Dream on his land, county records show.

The county plans to break ground this spring for the airport expansion, which includes a new runway 5,100 feet long.

The Federal Aviation Administration is paying 90 percent of the cost for the $17 million project.

Polish planners to visit Carroll developments

A group of Polish planning officials will visit Carroll County April 6 to see how a rural county has handled development.

The visitors will meet with county planners and zoning officials, and will tour the Air Business Park outside Westminster and Robert's Field Shopping Center in Hampstead.

Bowling Brook Farm seeks to cater parties

The owner of a country inn at Bowling Brook Farm in Middleburg has asked the county to change its zoning law to allow country inns to cater private parties.

The Carroll commissioners agreed to pass the request to the Planning Commission for study.

Westminster attorney Charles M. Preston made the request on behalf of Bowling Brook owner F. Mark Gross, said Solveig Smith, the county zoning administrator, yesterday.

Current law allows country inns to serve food only to inn guests, she said. Mr. Preston requested a change to allow inn owners to cater parties and weddings, she said.

Mr. Gross opened an inn at Bowling Brook horse farm last fall.

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