Planning Chief Replaced

November 20, 1991|By Daniel P. Clemens Jr. | Daniel P. Clemens Jr.,Staff writer

The chairman of the Carroll Planning and Zoning Commission has reluctantly given up his post after being denied reappointment by the county commissioners, who say they want new faces on the board.

The five-year term of William V. Lauterbach Jr., himself a former county commissioner, expired Nov. 1, and he was not asked to return.

The commissioners, who make appointments to the seven-member planning board, did not nominate Lauterbach for another term.

Commissioner President Donald I. Dell, one of two new members on the three-person board, said it was time for a fresh face to lead the planning commission.

"We're new commissioners and we feel like we want to putour people on (the planning board) at this time," Dell said yesterday.

Along with Elmer C. Lippy, Dell won election to a first term ascommissioner in the fall 1990 election.

Lauterbach said Monday hewas willing to serve a second term.

"I said I would accept reappointment," he said. "But instead, I got a letter (from the commissioners) saying, 'Thanks for your service.' "

With Lauterbach's departure, former commission vice chairwoman Barbara J. Dixon becomes the new chairwoman. Dixon, who is zoning administrator for Mount Airy, presided over her first meeting yesterday.

Dixon, 45, first joined thecounty planning board as an alternate in 1980. She became a full member in 1984 and is serving her second term. Membership on the commission carries a two-term limit.

In other moves prompted by Lauterbach's departure, Louis J. Pecoraro becomes the new vice chairman, succeeding Dixon. Zeno M. Fisher Jr., formerly an alternate member of the commission, has been elevated to a full member.

A new alternate member has not yet been appointed.

As a county commissioner from 1982 to 1986, Lauterbach was the board's liaison member to the planning commission, bringing to nine years the length of his association withthe commission.

"It's a very important thing," Lauterbach said ofthe planning commission. "I enjoyed it."

In other business duringits meeting yesterday, the planning commission:

* Gave conditional approval to the site development plan for Runnymede Elementary nearTaneytown. The 66,600-square-foot school, expected to open in 1994, will house 637 students.

* Conditionally approved the phasing planand open space plan for River Downs, a 52-lot development planned onabout 560 acres near Finksburg. The developer's plan calls for 27 lots to be constructed in the first phase, followed by 25 lots in the second.

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