Carroll Digest


Sykesville schedules municipal election May 3 at Town House

The town of Sykesville has scheduled its biennial municipal election for May 3 at the Town House, 7547 Main St.

Voters will choose a mayor and three council members. The seats are now held by Mayor Jonathan S. Herman, Councilman Eugene Johnson and Councilwomen Jeannie Nichols and Debby Ellis.

The council will accept nominations at its March 28 meeting. Candidates need not be present and will have until April 11 to accept or decline the nomination.

Candidates must have established town residence for at least one year prior to the election and be registered to vote in Sykesville.

Information: 410-795-8959.

County Democratic club to meet in Westminster

The Carroll County Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Frisco Family Pub in Carroll Plaza Shopping Center on Englar Road, Westminster.

Brendon Schlauch, student representative to the Carroll County school board, will be the speaker.

Members are being sought to serve as officers for the coming year. A slate of nominees will be presented at the March 7 meeting.

Visitors are invited to come early for an informal dinner before the program.

Information: 410-876-6201 before 7 p.m.

Taxpayers group to help challenge assessments

The Carroll County Taxpayers Association will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave.

Jerry Brunst will be available to help residents who want to challenge their property assessments.

This year, the northeast area of the county has been reassessed. Residents who think their assessments are too high should obtain copies of their files for review.

Residents wishing to challenge their assessments should call the Department of Assessments and Taxation at 410-857-0600 and request their computer-assisted mass appraisal worksheet, past computer-assisted mass appraisals, hand-disposed drawings and other pertinent information.

All services provided by the taxpayers association are free.

Information: 410-840-9699 or 410-857-1213.

Historic preservation group meets Wednesday

The Carroll County Historic Preservation Commission will hold an open meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 003 of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

The agenda will include: board terms, application follow-ups, draft for procedure for approval of applications, an update on the Comprehensive Planner II, a work session on educating homeowners on historic preservation and a new direction for the commission.

Information: 410-386-2094.

Council of governments slates Thursday meeting

The Carroll County Council of Governments will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 003 of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

The agenda includes information on federal, state and local issues, the board of education and the regional planning conference; and discussion of adequate facilities, mandates and affordable housing.

The council is made up of representatives of the eight incorporated municipalities, the county commissioners, Freedom Area Citizens and Finksburg Planning Area councils.

Meetings are open to the public.

Information: 410-848-9000 or 410-549-0965.

Domestic violence program to celebrate new safe house

The county commissioners will celebrate the Carroll County Comprehensive Domestic Violence Program and the opening of a safe house at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Human Service Programs of Carroll County Inc.'s board room.

The celebration will be a chance to thank the legislators, state government, donors, volunteers and others who helped make the safe house a reality.

The safe house will provide accommodations on a daily basis for eight people who are victims of domestic violence and their children.

The commissioners received a three-year grant of $885,000 from the Maryland Department of Human Resources.

The grant is administered by the county Department of Citizen Services. HSP and family and children's services provide safe accommodations, crisis counseling, counseling of abusers, and information and referrals.

Anyone planning to attend the celebration is asked to make reservations by Feb. 17 to Vivian Laxton at 410-386-2804.

Commission on Aging seeks to fill vacancy

The Carroll County commissioners are seeking resumes and letters of interest for a Union Bridge-area vacancy to the Commission on Aging.

The commission's responsibilities include:

Reviewing, evaluating and commenting on area plan objectives, as drafted by staff.

Serving as a steering committee for prioritization of programs to be funded.

Bringing before the bureau the needs and issues of resident senior citizens.

Developing positions on legislation.

Advising the commissioners on programs and fiscal matters relating to the bureau and funding of programs and services for senior citizens.

The commission is a 15-member group, and each member serves a three-year term.

Resumes and letters of interest for the vacancy will be accepted through Feb. 25 and can be sent to 225 N. Center St., Westminster 21157, or via e-mail at

Information: 410-386-2043.

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