District 5 Newsletter 5


Project Updates for District 5
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Coronavirus Information

Current, accurate information on the coronavirus is critical to the community. The Carroll County Health Department recommends anyone interested in dependable information about the situation should rely on the following sites:

Carroll County Health Department (CCHD):            https://cchd.maryland.gov/covid-19/
Maryland Department of Health (MDH):            https://health.maryland.gov/pages/home.aspx
Centers for Disease Control (CDC):             https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Residents can also find the latest state updates at the following link: https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx

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See Click Report Launches for Residents

Carroll County Department of Public Works (DPW) recently launched See Click Report, a mobile app and web compatible tool giving citizens real time access to report issues with county roads, parks and landscaping, is now available to residents. Interested citizens can download the app from the app store or from the Carroll County Government website.

The new app allows citizens to request county services and report issues in county-maintained areas with the opportunity to include location, pictures, videos and specific descriptions of problems such as potholes, downed power lines, and roadkill. See Click Report provides the county with a centralized issue management system and allows residents to track the status of the reported issue.  Download the app today!

Upcoming Events

Town Halls Scheduled

Commissioner Rothstein will hold Town Halls on Monday, March 30th at 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the South Carroll Senior and Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Rd, Eldersburg. Town halls are opportunities for the commissioner to brief citizens and for citizens to ask questions and share concerns, thoughts, and ideas. 

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2020 Census Begins in March

Beginning March 20th, residents will begin receiving information regarding completing the 2020 Census.  The Census count is important, easy and safe. For more information, Carroll County has a dedicated webpage census.carrollcountymd.gov with more detailed information. If you have any questions, please contact the Carroll County Census Coordinator at 410-386-2512.

Econ Outlook

Anirban Basu joins us for our 19th year and presents, “The Return of the Economist”. His presentation provides a detailed, data-driven update of the performance of the global, national, regional and local economies.

Go to http://carrollbiz.org to register. 

Seniors on the Go Expo

The 15th Annual Seniors on the Go Expo will be held Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 9am to 2pm in the Shipley Arena of the Carroll County Ag Center in Westminster.This event is sponsored by the Carroll County Bureau of Aging & Disabilities, serving older adults, people with disabilities, Veterans, and those who care for them. 

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Celebrating 75,000 Acres of Preserved Ag 

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners is excited and proud to announce a future event celebrating the attainment of 75,000 acres of preserved agricultural land. A community committee is planning the celebration to be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Carroll County Farm Museum. The event is free to the public as part of the Farm Museum’s Fall Harvest Celebration event.  A special ceremony will take place at 12:30 pm.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the event.

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South Carroll Dog Park 

Memberships to the new South Carroll Dog Park (SCDP) may be purchased beginning Monday, March 2, 2020 from the Department of Recreation and Parks.  The cost of a membership is $30 for one person and up to two dogs.  Additional dogs may be added for $5 each.  You may also purchase an expanded membership for $50 to include usage of both the SCDP and Bennett Cerf Dog Parks.  The SCDP will be open for members beginning on Monday, March 16th.  A grand opening celebration event will be held on Sunday, April 26 at 1:30 pm.  For more information, please visit ccrecpark.org.

Veterans Claim Clinic and Resource Fair March 19th

Thursday, March 19, 2020
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Carroll Community College

Multiple opportunities for Veterans under one roof!

  • File or follow up on a VA compensation and pension claim*
  • Apply for VA health care
  • Learn about VA health care programs and services
  • Tour the Mobile Vet Center
  • Learn about Veteran burial benefits
  • Find community resources and obtain a Veteran ID

*To file a claim or apply for VA health care, please bring copies of your pertinent medical records, military discharge paperwork (DD 214) and a photo ID.
To RSVP or for additional information, call the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs at 410 230 4444, ext. 6450.

Sponsored by the Chesapeake Veterans Alliance and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, in partnership with the Carroll County Government and Carroll Community College.

If Carroll Community College closes or opens late due to inclement weather, the event will be postponed. For inclement weather updates, call 410-605-7384.

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Commissioner Rothstein attended Friendship Valley Elementary School for National Read Across America Day 2020 in United States.


Piney Run Watershed Study

The county began the Piney Run Watershed Study in October 2019 with the study continuing through 2021. The watershed study, financed by a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) grant, has three phases. The phases include: a comprehensive inspection and a hydraulic analysis of the dam under different storm scenarios; selection of mitigation options, if necessary; and a report documenting the work. Assisting the county with the study is AECOM, an international firm with resources specializing in dam engineering.

Information about the Piney Run Watershed Study can be found on the county’s webpage www.carrollcountymd.gov/pineyrunwatershedstudy. Updates will appear on the webpage throughout the study process.  For more information, contact the Bureau Chief of Resource Management Christopher Heyn at PineyRunStudy@carrollcountymd.gov or 410-386-2712

Elderwood Village/Luers Lane Project

This project is substantially complete; however, the contract will remain open with Kibler Construction, our contractor on this retrofit project, until the spring to ensure a good stand of grass is established on the areas disturbed during construction.  The filter media and trash racks have been installed. A silt fence was installed around portions of the filter area to protect it from sediment laden runoff.  The silt fence will be removed in the spring when vegetation has been established.

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Central Maryland 2

This facility provides stormwater management to the Central Maryland Service and Distribution Center and is located on private property adjacent to Klees Mill Road, between Enterprise Road and MD 26 in Sykesville.  The project will retrofit the facility to provide water quality to the untreated impervious area which is 31 acres of the 53-acre drainage area.
CLSI designed the facility and Stambaughs, Inc. began construction in January.

Shannon Run

The Shannon Run Stormwater management facility is an existing facility located within the Town of Sykesville.  This project is complete.  The contractor for the project, W.F. Delauter & Son, dewatered the facility to remove the stand pipe and install the trash racks on the low flow pipes.  The facility has returned to the normal pool level.  As-built drawings were submitted by CLSI and approved by the county on January 24.  The county received funding from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bay Trust Fund to pay for a portion of this project. 

Piney Run Big Fish Contest

The 2020 Piney Run Big Fish Contest is underway.  The biggest fish caught during the 2020 season will result in a prize of $1,000 (and if the catch breaks the park’s all time record, an additional $500).  For more information, please call Piney Run Park at 410-795-5165. 

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Economic Development

Carroll Biz Challenge

The 2020 Carroll Biz Challenge kicked off with a reception on February 13th. Applications from start-ups are accepted until May 31st with the Live Finale scheduled for August 27th.

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Stratosphere Grand Opening 

Stratosphere Social in Eldersburg will hold its grand opening on March 19th. The venue will open to the public at 7pm. The transformation from a recreational trampoline park into a social and entertainment venue for all ages will soon be complete. The new family entertainment destination features bowling lanes, virtual reality and arcade games with a full kitchen and bar offering food and drinks. 


Ottenberg's Bakery Expansion

Ottenberg's Bakery recently expanded its Eldersburg manufacturing and corporate headquarters location by 16,000 square feet.


1623 Brewing Company Opens

1623 Brewing Company celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting on February 22nd at their taproom, located at 5975 Exchange Drive, Suites H-L, in Eldersburg; the Liberty Exchange facility occupies 11,00 square feet.

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Liberty Exchange Continues Development

St. John Properties continues to invest in Carroll County by adding a new speculative 30,000 square foot building at Liberty Exchange. Liberty Exchange is a 40-acre business park with ten buildings that comprise approximately 217,000 sq. ft. of office, R&D/flex and retail space; tenant sizes range from 2,384 to 61,160 sq. ft., offering businesses economical and high-utility space.


Warfield Update

Alderson Loop LLC, a consulting and professional services firm, is relocating and expanding its office footprint at 6933 Warfield Avenue and plans to hire an additional 80 employees with their expansion. The company joins Nexion Health and ZeteoTech on the campus.  

Nearby, Lennar is offering a townhome community at Parkside at Warfield which features two popular townhome designs with 2-car garages, 3-5 bedrooms, 2.5-4.5 bathrooms, and three stories (with optional fourth floor lofts and terraces).  Homeowners are walking distance from downtown Sykesville Main Street.


Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman’s Sykesville location added 60 new positions to its manufacturing operation.

County Projects

Freedom District Citizens Association

The Freedom District Citizens Association met recently and discussed topics including

  • the Countywide Transportation Master Plan, which is currently in its initial stages and will focus on areas in Freedom including MD 26 and MD 32
  • development review projects in the area, and status in the review process
  • the zoning text rewrite, specifically what has already been completed, the process and schedule going forward; and how citizens can get involved
  • the by-request phase of the comprehensive rezoning for the commercial and industrial districts, and the projects specifically in the Freedom area.

This advisory group is a voice for the community and another way to encourage and gather feedback to advise me on happenings in the area. Please reach out to me if you are interested in becoming a member of this association. 

County-Wide Comprehensive Rezoning - Residential Districts

Residential Open Concept Team meetings are being held:

Starting in the spring of 2018, Planning worked with a citizen focus group to review planning concepts and master plans; taking feedback from this group to develop draft revisions of the residential zoning districts.  The county concept team now expands its public engagement by hosting monthly meetings open to the public.  The Department of Planning encourages more and continuous public engagement into the zoning ordinance review process.  


When:   4th Friday of the month from 1 to 3
Where:  Room 003 of the County Office Building.   

Materials and agendas are posted on our website under carrollrezoning.org.

FY 21 Budget

County Budget Schedule

The commissioners will begin work on the FY2021 budget soon.  Mr. Ted Zaleski, Director of Management and Budget will present the budget overview on March 10, 2020. Open dialogue with county department directors and agency leaders should prove effective and allow for some flexibility with difficult decisions.Start dates for the county budget process are listed below. Open Session meetings are available for viewing on the county meeting portal and YouTube channel. In addition, all meetings will be replayed on Comcast Channel 24.

Recommended Budget
3/24       9 - 12

Agency Budget Hearings
3/26       1 - 3
3/31       9 -12:00; 1 - 4
4/2         9 - 12 

Proposed Budget Work Sessions Begin
4/7         1 - 4
4/9         1 - 4
4/14       9 - 12; 1 - 4
4/16       1 - 4
4/21       10 - 12  (Tentative) 

Proposed Budget Release
4/28      10 - 11

Budget Community Meetings
4/28      7pm  Taneytown Library
4/29      7pm  North Carroll Library
4/30      7pm  Eldersburg Library
5/4        7pm  Westminster Library
5/11      7pm  Mount Airy Library

Budget Public Hearing
5/12      7pm  Carroll Community College

Budget Work Session
5/19      10 - 12
5/21      1 - 3

Budget Adoption
5/26      10 -10:30

All meetings will be held in the County Office Building, 225 N. Center Street, Westminster, unless otherwise noted.  Meeting times and places are subject to change, so please check the county website or call 410-386-2400 to confirm. 

Carroll County Commissioners

225 N. Center Street

Westminster, MD 21157 



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Great start to 2020. Continuing our outstanding social services throughout the community and neighborhoods that have really become a model for the rest of the state in dealing with challenged youth, homelessness, our veteran population, and the continuing struggles with drugs and alcohol. With all that said, we should never claim success until all these challenges are eradicated.   As you read through this newsletter, you'll see  a lot of activity happening in the Eldersburg and Sykesville communities.  Most importantly, success happens when I take on the opportunities to listen and learn from you.Therefore, don't be shy and please continue to let me know how we can make our community the best.  In closing, two important reminders that are a responsibility and a privilege of being a citizen. Please be counted, take the Census, and vote on April 28th!  Life is good.

Please let others know about this newsletter. 

Very Respectfully,

Ed Rothstein Signature




  • See Click Report
  • Upcoming Town Halls
  • 2020 Census
  • Economic Outlook Event
  • Celebrating 75,000 Acres
  • South Carroll Dog Park
  • Veterans Claim Clinic
  • Piney Run Watershed Study
  • Elderwood Village
  • Central MD 2
  • Shannon Run
  • Piney Run Big Fish Contest
  • Carroll Biz Challenge
  • Stratosphere Social
  • Ottenberg's Bakery
  • 1623 Brewing Company
  • Liberty Exchange
  • Warfield Update
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Freedom District 
  • Comprehensive Rezoning
  • County Budget Schedule
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