Agencies to seek waiver to forest law
Two Carroll agencies will likely seek variances to the county's forest conservation ordinance, said James E. Slater, administrator of the Office of Environmental Services.
The Recreation and Parks Department wants a variance to count recent plantings as part of a proposed forest bank.
The variance is needed because not all of the species are on the county's approved species list for forest-related projects.
Under the county's forest conservation ordinance, anyone disturbing 25,000 square feet or more of land must replace any trees felled during construction.
The ordinance also requires trees to be planted where they previously didn't exist.
If a variance is granted, the county could use the recreation department plantings toward meeting reforestation requirements when land is cleared for future projects.
The Public Works Department wants a variance to defer a reforestation requirement for the Stoner Avenue extension.
The department wants to delay planting about one acre of trees until a reforestation requirement must be met for land cleared during construction of a future senior center.
Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy termed the variance requests reasonable.
'Tree bank' proposal gets fine-tuning
Carroll officials have been working with developers to fine tune a proposal that would allow builders who must plant trees as part of the county's forest conservation ordinance to tap into "tree banks."
The so-called banking program would allow developers to buy the rights to trees that have been planted in designated areas for that purpose, county officials have said.
"We've worked out a program that will work for everyone," said James E. Slater, administrator of Carroll's Office of Environmental Services.
"Developers seem positive about it."
Mr. Slater said environmental officials and Carroll developers will bring a final proposal to the commissioners.
The county's forest conservation ordinance doesn't provide for forest conservation banking.
A banking program, county officials said, would help builders comply with the law and enhance Carroll as an attractive business location.
Governor visits CCC, touts Pa. Dutch market
Gov. William Donald Schaefer urged Carroll County to toot its own horn concerning local tourist attractions, singling out the Pennsylvania Dutch Farmer's Market in Westminster, during a visit Sunday.
"How many of you know what the tourist attraction is up here?" he asked about 100 businessmen who attended the 16th annual Governor's Breakfast at Carroll Community College. "You should sell your area. Don't keep it a secret."
In his speech, the governor also defended a measure that provides $150 million to expand Baltimore's convention center, saying all Marylanders "should go for it because what's good for one part of the state is good for all. It brings us together."
Governor Schaefer said he is attempting to improve ties with foreign countries to bring business to Maryland as well as the United States. "International trade is the name of the game," he said. "And people will not just hear about Maryland, they will also see the greatness of our country."
Gather your cardboard for recycling bin
Containers have been placed at the Northern and Hoods Mill landfills for recyclable cardboard. Residents and small businesses may deposit cardboard at either location.
Other recyclables accepted at landfill recycling centers include glass, aluminum and bi-metal cans, plastic Nos. 1 and 2, mixed paper, and used oil and antifreeze.
Yard waste may be taken to the mulching/composting area at the landfill and free mulch is available for pickup.