Transcription is denied SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

July 21, 1993|By James M. Coram | James M. Coram,Staff Writer

Residents hoping to save time and money on their appeal of the protracted Waverly Woods zoning case cannot do it by transcribing the testimony themselves, Howard Circuit Court Judge Cornelius F. Sybert Jr. has ruled.

Jean Iampieri Quattlebaum, Peter Burdette and Robert Donohue, who are appealing the Waverly case on behalf of a group called Citizens Allied for Rational Expansion, had wanted a person of their choosing to do the transcript.

The county contended before Judge Sybert on July 2 that only Howard Zoning Board clerk Robin Regner or her designate can do the transcribing -- an after-hours labor Ms. Regner estimated would cost

about $10,000.

Ms. Quattlebaum and the other appellants told Judge Sybert they could have the transcription done by someone else at about half the cost.

Cost is irrelevant, Deputy County Solicitor Paul T. Johnson said. He told the judge that the Zoning Board's rules of procedure require that the clerk be responsible for transcriptions. She can either do the work herself or contract it out, but she must certify that the transcripts are valid, Mr. Johnson said.

Judge Sybert agreed. In a three-page memorandum and order issued July 15, he said the Zoning Board's rules "require that the appealing party request and pay for the cost of providing a transcript of testimony."

Waverly Woods is a Marriottsville-area development, just over the Howard County line.

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