Howard Week

March 05, 2000

Columbia Association president alleges `character assault'

Columbia Association President Deborah O. McCarty is claiming that she is the victim of an "unfounded character assault" by a "disgruntled" minority on the association's board of directors.

"Even the roughest of contact sports have minimal rules of fair play," she wrote in a letter mailed last week to Columbia Association employees, members of the Columbia Council, Howard County elected officials and business leaders.

McCarty accused two members of the council of violating association bylaws, leaking confidential matters to the news media and failing to follow the wishes of the board's majority.

Her critics say McCarty's letter fails to address questions about her commitment to Columbia and her fiscal responsibility. McCarty does not have a Maryland driver's license and is not registered to vote in the state. She maintains a residence in Atlanta and is listed as an active member of the Georgia Bar Association.

Longer hours sought for animal shelter

The Howard County Council is asking Police Chief Wayne Livesay to beef up staffing at the county animal shelter to increase hours and reduce the number of animals killed there.

All five members of the council signed a letter Monday asking Livesay to add one new position immediately, develop a plan to replace temporary workers with permanent ones and fill all vacancies as soon as possible. The Howard Police Department runs the shelter.

Livesay said he is trying to fill vacancies and will request more staff members in his budget for next year. He has no money to add a new position immediately.

The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month. Critics say the shelter's schedule leaves fewer opportunities for adoptions, resulting in the killing of more animals.

Bounds among candidates for Mich. superintendent job

Days before Tuesday's primary election for the county school board, incumbent Stephen Bounds has confirmed that he is in the running for school superintendent in Lansing, Mich.

Bounds, who is running in Howard County for a second six-year term, said that even if he is re-elected this year, he will leave in mid-term if the right superintendent job comes along.

The 44-year-old Woodbine attorney will learn this month whether he has gotten the job in Lansing.

Bounds is one of 17 candidates campaigning for two seats on the board. The top four vote-getters will advance to the November general election.

Route 175 project proceeds smoothly despite confusion

The congested commute along Route 175 in east Columbia has entered a new phase, the construction of a $16 million interchange at Snowden River Parkway. Vehicles now bypass the old intersection.

State highway engineers and construction workers said that despite confusion among motorists, the construction lane and light changes seem to work fine.

With the traffic gone, a crew of about 100 workers can begin excavating 20,000 square yards of soil for the main element of the new interchange, a bridge that will carry Route 175 over Snowden River Parkway, eliminating the need for traffic lights.

The project should be complete by fall, a month or two later than originally expected.

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