Council will consider Appeals Board request Panel seeks means to discipline itself

August 03, 1992|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

The County Council tonight will consider a request from the county Board of Appeals to set up a process to discipline or possibly remove appointees from the board.

Councilman Carl Holland, a Pasadena Republican, said he introduced the measure because four appeals board members requested it, and that it is not aimed at any specific individual on the seven-member group.

Appeals board members said the issue was discussed several times over the past year as part of a board review of its practices and policies.

The measure establishes a code of conduct for the board and allows anyone to file an affidavit with the appeals board clerk if they feel a board member violates it.

"Board members may not neglect their duties, engage in misconduct, or attempt to perform their duties while impaired by the use of alcohol or controlled dangerous substances. They shall avoid actions that may embarrass or discredit the board in the eyes of the public," the code says.

Once the affidavit is filed, the appeals board chairman, or a designated board member, must set up a confidential meeting to discuss the allegation.

If four members determine there has been a violation, the board is to refer it to the council.

The council would hear the case and could take action that could include a reprimand, suspension or removal.

The appeals board hears administrative appeals on land-use disputes between communities and developers, on issues ranging from proposed housing developments to shopping centers.

Members are appointed by the council, and receive $6,000 annually, plus $40 per meeting day.

The council last week also conducted an audit of the board's finances, but the review turned up only minor discrepancies between what board members were paid and what they were due in compensation. Clerical oversights were blamed for the discrepancies.

The council, which will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Arundel Center, also will consider revisions to the county Solid Waste Management Plan adding specifications about the size and operating guidelines for the privately owned rubble landfills in the county.

The revisions also update previously adopted recycling plans for the county and the city of Annapolis.

County officials said the plan revisions are required by state law.

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