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Sykesville residents will have a chance to weigh in next week on a proposed change to the town's trash ordinance.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12, and will be inside the media center at Sykesville Middle School, 7301 Springfield Ave., Sykesville.

The mayor and council voted at their Dec. 8 meeting to introduce an ordinance changing the town's solid waste and recycling operation to a hybrid pay-as-you-throw system, in which residents would pay for a certain number of bags of trash beyond a set limit.

The council could vote on the ordinance at the January meeting, but a separate resolution setting fees would also need to be approved. Fees discussed in prior council sessions have been debated and are being revised.

-- Charles Schelle

Vandals slash tires on 38 cars in Eldersburg

Carroll County Sheriff's deputies want to know who went on a Monday, Dec. 29, tire slashing spree in Eldersburg and Sykesville.

Vandals slashed tires on 38 cars along Chesterfield Court, Monroe Avenue, Advisory Court, Tanglewood Drive, Victor Drive and Heritage Lane, according to a news release issued by the Sheriff's Office.

An unknown number of suspects punctured the sidewalls on the tires using an unknown sharp object. Police estimate the damage at $6,000.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cpl. David Stem at the Sheriff's Office at 410-386-2900 or the anonymous hotline, 1-888-399-TIPP (8477).

-- Charles Schelle

High's store in Sykesville is robbed

The Sykesville Police Department is looking for information about a suspect who on Sunday, Dec. 28, robbed the High's Dairy Store in town.

At about 4:30 p.m. Dec. 28, a white male entered the store, 7503 Village Road, Sykesville, displayed a large knife and demanded money from the clerk, according to a news release issued by the department.

The suspect fled the store on foot toward Village Road.

Police describe the man as having a slim build, about 6 feet tall and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, jeans, tennis shoes and carrying a black Adidas gym bag. Police also say a small blue four-door compact car with gray wheel covers may be associated with the robbery.

Anyone with information about the robbery should contact Sykesville Police at 410-795-0757.

-- Charles Schelle

So. Carroll wastewater plant is repaired

Carroll County Bureau of Utilities workers have repaired the South Carroll Wastewater Treatment Plant after 24,000 gallons of treated -- but not disinfected -- wastewater flowed into Piney Run Creek.

The plant treats water for South Carroll High School, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield, said Joe Barrington, chief of the Bureau of Utilities.

Workers found that on Dec. 18, the ultra violet light system that disinfects the water failed, and those bulbs have since been replaced, he said.

On Dec. 29, the Carroll County Health Department tested stream water quality, but those results were not immediately available, said Edwin Singer, director of county environmental health.

"We don't anticipate this being a big deal," he said.

-- Charles Schelle

Bring Christmas trees to county landfills

Christmas trees can be dropped off at either of the county's landfills, where they will be recycled into landscaping mulch and chips.

The locations and hours at the two drop-off locations are: Northern Landfill, 1400 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster. Open 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; and the Hoods Mill Landfill, 7901 Kabik Court, Woodbine, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

All non-organic materials, including lights, wire, tinsel and ornaments, should be removed. For details, call 410-386-4550 or contact Maria Myers, county recycling manager, at 410-386-2035.

Stuhler named FARC volunteer of the year

The Freedom Area Recreation Council joined the Carroll County Department of Recreation & Parks at the 2008 Volunteers of the Year Awards ceremony at the Robert Moton Center in Westminster, on Nov. 5.

FARC honored Nick Stuhler for his years of service to the community of South Carroll. Stuhler has served Sykesville Baseball for the past 14 years, 12 with its Board of Directors.

He has also served in the role of vice president, fall ball coordinator, manager and coach, league equipment coordinator and snack bar coordinator.

FARC officials noted that every aspect of Sykesville Baseball has been impacted by Stuhler's level of excellence and leadership, and his goal that youth have fun, be safe and learn the sport of baseball.

County has reminder for homestead credit

The Board of County Commissioners this week sent out a reminder to homeowners in the Westminster area and in the northwest part of the county -- including Keymar, Taneytown, and Union Bridge -- to file for the State of Maryland's Homestead Tax Credit.

In Carroll County, the credit keeps property tax bills from rising more than 7 percent per year regardless of the assessment increase.

Prior to last year, the credit was automatic, but because of a change in state law, homeowners must fill out a one-time application in order to receive the credit.

Homeowners who have been recently assessed should have received a copy of the application with their new assessment.


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