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Code home rule workshops planned

The County Commissioners have scheduled five informational workshops across the county for residents interested in learning more about the code home rule form of government.

Code home rule is one of three forms of county government in Maryland. The other two are commissioner, Carroll's form and charter.

The commissioners have received numerous requests from residents who would like to change Carroll County to code home rule.

Workshops will be conducted by Victor K. Tervala, of the University of Maryland's Institute for Governmental Service. His book, Home Rule Options in Maryland, is available at all branches of the Carroll County Public Library.

After the workshops, public hearings will be held and the commissioners will decide whether to place the issue on the Nov. 4 ballot for Carroll voters.

The workshop schedule:

Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Oklahoma Road Middle School, 6300 Oklahoma Road, Eldersburg.

Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Carroll County Office Building, Room 003, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

July 13 at 7 p.m. at Parr's Ridge Elementary School, 202 Watersville Road, Mount Airy.

July 18 at 7 p.m. at North Carroll Middle School, 401 Hanover Pike, Greenmount.

July 20 at 7 p.m. at Francis Scott Key High School, 3825 Bark Hill Road, near Uniontown.

Information: 410-386-2973.

Animal control revisions proposed

Nicky Ratliff, executive director of the Humane Society of Carroll County Inc., recently presented to the County Commissioners proposed amendments to Chapter 81 of the Code of Public Local Laws and Ordinances of Carroll County related to Animals.

The proposed amendments would modify: definitions; provisions related to licensing and permits, including increasing fees; requirements for restraining of dogs; authority of Animal Control for impounding animals; requirements for disposing of dead animals.

New sections would be created on wild animals; vicious or dangerous animals; proper outdoor dog shelter, care and protection; animal behavior and appeal actions; and enforcement provisions.

The commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed amendments at 7 p.m. July 17 in Room 003 of the County Office Building.

A pre-hearing workshop is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday in Room 105 of the County Office Building for citizens to meet with staff and ask questions about the proposals.

Copies of the proposed draft amendments are available on the county's Web site ( and through the county attorney at 410-386-2030.

County employees awarded certificates

Carroll Community College recently presented certificates to graduates of the MoMEntum Program that offers staff development training for municipal employees in Carroll County.

Certificates of Achievement in Office Administration Training went to Douglas W. Abbott, Karen L. Bullock (Westminster city employee), Debra P. Hersh and Cindy L. Myers.

Certificates of Achievement in Management Training went to Janet Boyd, Robert M. Burk, Deborah A. Butler, Susan C. Dell, Charles England III, Gale J. Engles, Teresa L. Fair, Charlene A. Fischer, Kimberly L. Frock, Thomas A. Groft, Jennifer L. Hobbs, Cheryl P. Holl, Gail H. Jones, Worth F. Kerr Jr., Christopher S. Long, Rosetta G. Mann, Sharon A. Martin, Jeffrey D. Moffatt, Cindy L. Myers, W. Lynn Negley, Thomas A Owens (Westminster city employee), Brenda M. Shipley, George A. Shoemaker, Eric J. Silverman, Brian G. Snyder, Wayne F. Stonesifer and Rita L. Zimmerman.

Class members represented these county government departments: comptroller, citizen services, county attorney's office, detention center, economic development, facilities, farm museum, general services, human resources, planning and public works.

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