Donald Dell's influenceMy job causes me to travel...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 30, 1994

Donald Dell's influence

My job causes me to travel throughout the southern United States. Most recently, I spent several hundred miles driving between Asheville, N.C. and Greenville, S.C. and several points in between. I've been there numerous times before, but this time more than any other I was struck by the area's natural beauty.

Maybe it was the change in foliage, or the winding, hilly roads looking out upon woods and farms as far as I could see. It might have been the clean-smelling air. Or when I got stuck behind the truck loaded with hay. Whatever it was, it reminded me of Carroll County. The people there ought to be thankful every day for the vast areas of untouched beauty that surrounds them, as should we in Carroll.

Then, I returned home and the first thing I happen to see on television is the one and only Donald Dell trying to tell me with a straight face that the Carroll County commissioners (i.e., Donald Dell) have virtually no power to regulate or control development here in Carroll. Maybe Mr. Dell would have us believe that it is nature herself who lays waste to hundreds of acres of forest and farmland to put ticky-tacky, eyesore subdivisions on every square foot of unoccupied soil, like the ones Mr. Dell's developer friends build, as if God intended them to go there.

No, Mr. Dell as a county commissioner has vast powers over the development process in this county. Let us count some of the ways:

* He appoints members to the Carroll County Planning Commission, who will either be sympathetic or unsympathetic to the desires of developers. . . .

* He appoints members to the Board of Zoning Appeals, with similar influence over the philosophical makeup of the board.

* He decides how any given geographic area will be zoned.

* He walks certain applications from certain people for zoning variances through the approval process to ensure their receipt of "fair treatment."

* He exerts his authority as "boss" in every nook and cranny of the County Office Building to make sure that developers are afforded priority treatment. . . .

* He disregards county staffers' recommendations. Some have benevolently referred to this as micro-management. . . .

While I cannot say that I've lived in Carroll for a long time (four years), I have lived here for the entirety of Mr. Dell's first term in office.

The likes of him and his friends are not why I chose to raise my family here. With luck, he can be turned out of office so that he can return to being a full-time farmer. Then he'll be able to feed manure to his crops instead of his constituents.

Stephen M. Kranz

Westminster

Lippy's Record

Both as a woman who works outside of the home and as a Carroll County taxpayer, I am writing to express my strong support of Elmer Lippy as candidate for county commissioner. I have been impressed by Mr. Lippy's efforts on behalf of women as well as on behalf of all Carroll residents.

Commissioner Lippy has appointed numerous qualified women to our county boards and commissions, among them the Farm Museum Board, the Waste to Energy Committee and the Board of Library Trustees. He and Mabel Lippy are members of Carroll's League of Women Voters, and under his leadership, the county has pursued policies that promote women in county employment. Mr. Lippy also encourages equal pay regardless of gender, and supports a reasonable maternity leave policy. Whatever one's position may be on the hotly debated county woman's commission, Mr. Lippy's vote in favor of the commission signifies a sincere concern for women.

His efforts on behalf of women reflect the conscientious manner in which he has worked for the county as a whole. In the past four years, Mr. Lippy has effectively managed the county in a time of tight budgets by reducing the size of government through attrition, and cutting the expenses involved in travel on county business. . . .

Leigh Halstad

Westminster

Need More Schools

To all Carroll County commissioner candidates: . . The northeast section of Carroll County is experiencing rapid growth, both in the municipalities and in the surrounding unincorporated areas. If the rural nature of Carroll County is to be preserved and growth centered in the municipalities, then the facilities must be adequate to support the level of growth that occurs. Growth can be staged and phased in by the use of "lot limits," but the basic problem remains: We need more schools.

. . . If the solution is to slow growth, exactly how do you envision this happening, to what extent and what part should the county play in partnership with the towns to achieve this reduction in growth rate? If the solution is more schools, how will these facilities be financed and in what time frame? . . . As evidenced by our current situation, lobbying the state for additional funding is clearly not a viable solution to increased school construction.

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