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Firefighters seek more training space

Carroll's volunteer firefighters need more classroom space for training programs, Director of General Services J. Michael Evans told the county commissioners yesterday.

The commissioners gave Mr. Evans permission to consider renting or buying two modular buildings with a total of six classrooms. The Board of Education has no spare modular buildings for the firefighters to use, he said.

Mr. Evans said he did not know how much it would cost to rent or buy modular buildings.

The commissioners also asked Mr. Evans to find out whether firefighters could use classroom or auditorium space at nearby schools.

County projects win two national awards

The National Association of Counties has given Carroll County two 1993 achievement awards for staff members' work on two projects.

The projects are the "Carroll County Comprehensive Mineral Resources Plan and Implementation Mechanisms" in the Planning Department and "Fiscal Reduction Programs -- Fiscal Years 1991 to 1993" in the Department of Management and Budget.

The county commissioners will accept the awards at NACo's annual conference in Chicago, July 16-20.

No-parking signs to go up in Finksburg

Carroll commissioners voted yesterday to post no-parking signs on Old Westminster Pike near the Todd Village Trailer Park in Finksburg to stop people from parking cars on a grass strip there.

People park cars there to try to sell them, which causes a safety problem, said George L. Beisser, chief of zoning enforcement.

The cars block motorists' views in certain directions, and some drivers on Route 140 slow down to look at the cars, he said.

Car dealers in the area also have complained, he said.

Yesterday, two cars were parked on the strip, but as many as six have been there at one time, Mr. Beisser said.

Part of the land is owned by the county and part by the state, he said.

The county Sheriff's Department and Maryland State Police will enforce the no-parking zone, Mr. Beisser said.

Hampstead residents face fine for decks

Some homeowners in the Robert's Field development in Hampstead are liable for fines of up to $280 if they do not get building permits for decks built without permits.

About 50 homeowners built decks on their homes without first obtaining $40 county building permits, said Ralph E. Green, chief of the Bureau of Permits and Inspections.

The county has mailed letters to Robert's Field homeowners saying they will not be fined if they apply for the permits by July 31, he said.

After a permit is issued for each deck, a county inspector will visit the home to make sure the deck is safe, Mr. Green said.

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