Dannelly removed as voting member of planning panel over ethics issue

February 15, 2000|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

When the planning commission meets today, member Grant S. Dannelly will not be allowed to vote.

The county commissioners pointed to an ethics violation and unanimously asked Dannelly "to no longer sit as a voting member" on the panel, where he has served since 1995. They informed Dannelly in a letter last week.

Because Dannelly's term expires this month, the decision will only affect today's meeting.

"We have to uphold standards for all our boards," said Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier. "He admitted the violation, and we are asking him not to sit as a voting member. We are simply reacting to the ethics commission's findings."

The county Ethics Commission announced last month that Dannelly broke ethics laws by failing to disclose that a road project he championed would cross property he owns. The panel said Dannelly had clearly placed himself in a conflict of interest.

Dannelly and his wife are one-third owners of a 0.27-acre parcel at the north end of Marriottsville Road No. 2, just south of its intersection with Ridge Road in South Carroll.

Without revealing the ownership, Dannelly participated in discussions and voted on a proposal last year to relocate the road through his property.

Dannelly refused to comment yesterday.

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