Sewage amendment hearing on Aug. 28
County staff recently presented to the county commissioners a proposed amendment to Chapter 223 to make the existing zoning text amendment for the storage of sewage sludge (biosolids) permanent.
Currently, the storage of dried, pelletized sewage sludge of a Class A grade or equivalent is allowed under specific conditions, but the current text amendment expires Nov. 4.
The proposed amendment would make this provision permanent.
A public hearing will be held on the proposed amendments at 10 a.m. Aug. 28 in Room 311 of the County Office Building.
A pre-hearing workshop for residents to ask questions and express concerns is scheduled at 3 p.m. Aug. 20 in Room 105 of the County Office Building.
Copies of the proposed draft amendments are available on the county's Web site, www.ccgovern ment.carr.org, and at the county attorney's office at 410-386-2030.
Nominations accepted for Canon humanitarian award
The Community Services Council is accepting nominations for the 2007 Sylvia V. Canon Humanitarian Award.
The award was established in 2001 to acknowledge the many contributions Canon made to the county, especially as executive director of Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc.
This local award is given annually to an individual initiating and/or sustaining outstanding quality human services in Carroll County.
The nominee must be a current paid employee or retired from a human service organization (government, nonprofit or for-profit) providing services in Carroll County.
He or she must also demonstrate creativity, innovation and commitment that positively impact individuals or the larger Carroll County community.
Nomination forms are available from all public library branches or from Audrey Cimino at 410-876-5505.
Completed nomination forms can be faxed to the Community Services Council, 410-857-6188, with a follow-up phone call to 410-876-5505. Forms also may be mailed to Community Service Council, c/o Community Foundation of Carroll County Inc., 255 Clifton Blvd., Suite 203, Westminster 21157-4670.
Deadline for nominations is 4 p.m. Sept. 28.
The 2007 award will be presented Oct. 24 at the Community Service Council meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the conference room of the Carroll County Nonprofit Center, 255 Clifton Blvd.
Recycling center offers aluminum can reimbursement
The Carroll County Recycling Center at Northern Landfill offers aluminum can reimbursements 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays.
For information on current reimbursement, call 410-386-4556.
The Recycling Center also accepts: all glass food and beverage containers (any color), plastic bottles No. 1 through No. 7, aluminum and bi-metal cans, mixed paper, books, telephone books, paper bags, junk mail and envelopes, nonmetallic wrapping paper, cardboard and paperboard boxes, car and truck batteries, textiles and electronics.
All food and beverage containers must be rinsed and lids removed and discarded. Textiles must be clean, dry and free of odor and delivered in clear plastic bags.
The Recycling Center drop-off site is available 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
State department donates vans to VA health system
The Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System recently obtained five new eight-seat passenger vans thanks to the Disabled American Veterans Department of Maryland.
The vans were donated to support the DAV Transportation Program, which uses volunteers to drive veterans to and from their clinic appointments around Maryland.
One of the vans will be based in Westminster to take veterans in the area to their appointments at the Baltimore VA Medical Center.
Benefit concert to be held Saturday for ailing teen
The town of Mount Airy is hosting a benefit concert in Watkins Park -- "Woodstock at Watkins" -- for local resident Stacey Shumaker on Saturday evening.
Three Mount Airy teenage bands will play at the free event, where donations will be collected for Stacey, who was injured in an accident. Mount Airy Town Councilman Gary Nelson said he is trying to recruit about 20 adults to chaperone the event.
A stage is being constructed for the concert, as well as for future events in the park, Nelson said.
The benefit concert, at 615 Center St., will run from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
For more information, call town hall at 410-795-6012 or e-mail Nelson at councilmannel email@example.com.
Budget chief gets job as head of Management Analysis
Carroll County budget chief Jeff Topper has been appointed administrator of the Office of Management Analysis to head what was formerly known as the Office of Performance Auditing and Special Projects, the county commissioners announced.
Topper, 52, will fill the vacancy created when former auditing administrator Joseph Varrone took a position in March with the budget office of the county board of education.
Topper, a certified public accountant, has worked in county government for 18 years, including his 14 years in Carroll County, officials said.