Landowners want voice for farmers in planning

August 23, 1996|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF

If Carroll County values farmland preservation, then the commissioners should appoint at least one farmer to the Planning Commission, a group of landowners argued yesterday.

Almost 50 members of the Carroll County Landowners Association packed a special meeting that they had requested with the County Commissioners to ask why no farmers were among the people being considered for appointments to the board.

The short answer from the commissioners was that no farmers had applied for the two vacancies on the seven-member board.

That soon changed when Edward Primoff, association president, gave them four resumes of members who are farmers and willing to serve.

Two more people came forward at the meeting.

The new applicants are Franklin Ellsworth Feeser, Lynn R. Pipher, Patricia Baumgardner, Edward Beard, Dave Walsh and William L. Harrison.

All but one brought resumes to the commissioners.

"I don't have a resume with me at this time," said Harrison, 38, who, along with his wife, just bought the family farm he grew up on. "It wouldn't be a very long [resume]. I've been in the same business all my life."

The meeting at first had a tone of challenge, as more than a dozen of the landowners, most of them also farmers, came forward to press for representation on the Planning Commission.

"Not to do that is so outrageous it goes beyond my imagination," Primoff said.

The commissioners said they had considered making a decision yesterday but would be happy to postpone it to consider the new applicants.

Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown said there was a good chance the commissioners would appoint a farmer.

"But I don't want a farmer appointed as a token," he said.

Primoff said he was so concerned that he attended the meeting despite the fact he was recovering from surgery.

After the meeting, he said that he was reassured by the commissioners' attitude, which he said was better than he had expected.

Pub Date: 8/23/96

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