Commissioner Gouge to head counties group

November 28, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Carroll County Commissioner Julia W. Gouge will be sworn in as president of the Maryland Association of Counties Thursday at the group's winter meeting at Solomons Island in Calvert County.

Mrs. Gouge, who is in her second term as a Republican county commissioner, will serve one year as head of the organization, which represents the interests of county governments in Annapolis.

Commissioners Donald I. Dell, Elmer C. Lippy and Mrs. Gouge will attend the meeting Wednesday through Friday at the Holiday Inn.

Mrs. Gouge, who will be sworn in at an evening banquet, was first vice president of the group for the past year. She succeeds Henry S. Parker, president of the Wicomico County Council.

Mr. Lippy said a contingent of county employees will attend the banquet "to whoop it up" for Mrs. Gouge.

"We'll have a pretty good rooting section," he said.

Mrs. Gouge is scheduled to moderate a session Friday when officials will offer their forecasts for the 1994 General Assembly session, which begins in January. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., a Democrat from Prince George's County, will speak.

The theme of the annual MACo meeting is "Excelling with Less: The Challenge of the '90s."

Work session topics at the convention include balancing private land rights with public interests, health care reform, recycling, landfill standards and restructuring government.

Talk on cooperation

Carroll's assistant planning director, K. Marlene Conaway, will be one of three speakers at a Wednesday session on "Regional Cooperation: Counties Move Forward."

Ms. Conaway said she will relate how Carroll officials are working with their counterparts in Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties on issues that affect the four counties.

Last year, representatives from the four counties met twice and drafted an agreement to work together more consistently on planning issues, she said.

"We need to find a better way to coordinate with these other jurisdictions in the Washington area," Ms. Conaway said.

"There are some regional problems that can be solved best by regional solutions through cooperation and consensus," she said.

Commuter impact

Carroll residents who commute south to jobs in Montgomery County and their impact on local roads is one of the main issues before the group, she said. Use of water is another.

Other speakers at the MACo session will be Marilyn Praisner, a Montgomery County councilwoman, and Marsha McGlaucklin, deputy director of the Howard County Planning and Zoning Office.

Mr. Lippy said he is looking forward to the conference.

"I think the roster [of speakers and issues] is very good," he said. "I will look into my favorite subject -- trash."

Carroll's commissioners are studying alternatives to dumping garbage in the county landfills, such as incineration and composting.

Mr. Lippy also said he would be glad for the opportunity to talk with secretaries of the various state departments.

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