Charter Commission Sets Course For Next 6 Months

December 22, 1991|By Staff report

The County Charter Review Commission set a six-month plan for meetings and goals at its Wednesday meeting.

The nine-member board, appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, is charged with writing acharter that would serve as Carroll's constitution if voters elect to change the county's form of government.

The board plans to meet in libraries in Westminster on Jan. 7, inTaneytown on Jan. 14, Westminster on Jan. 21 and Greenmount on Jan. 28.

In February, the board tentatively plans to have four hearingsto encourage public input.

The charter will outline the structureof government and its powers, limitations and duties.

The government could take various forms, such as a county executive and a countycouncil, or commissioners with an appointed administrator.

Charter government allows counties to enact their own laws instead of seeking approval from the General Assembly.

The board aims to complete a draft charter by April 28, then schedule several more public hearings.

It plans to complete the document by mid-June and submit it tothe commissioners by early July.

The schedule is predicated on plans to prepare the charter for the November 1992 election.

The Carroll Republican Central Committee and Commissioner President Donald I. Dell recommended that date -- instead of a special election in 1993-- to save money and maximize voter turnout.

"It's certainly an ambitious schedule to educate ourselves and the public," said board member Greg Pecoraro.

A group of Republicans is gathering a petitionto challenge the appointed board members for positions in the March 3 primary.

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