Columbia Association board decides not to dismiss...

March 26, 2000

Columbia Association board decides not to dismiss McCarty

The Columbia Association board of directors has voted against removing Deborah O. McCarty as president, despite growing unrest among residents, and calls for her to step down.

Noting the persistent concern about McCarty's commitment to the community and her "quality and style of leadership," board member Earl Jones of Oakland Mills introduced a motion Thursday night to remove her.

The measure was defeated 7-3.

Those voting against it were Tom Forno of Harper's Choice; Jean S. Friedberg Jr. of Hickory Ridge; Cecilia Januszkiewicz of Long Reach; Vince Marando of Wilde Lake; Joseph Merke, the council chairman, of Town Center; Kenneth Puckett of Dorsey's Search; and Adam Rich of River Hill. Marando was out of town and voted by proxy.

Joining Jones in supporting the motion were Pearl Atkinson-Stewart, the council vice chairwoman from Owen Brown, and Kirk Halpin of Kings Contrivance.

Alternate site for school could keep farm intact

Dr. Bruce T. Taylor, part-owner of the largest undeveloped parcel in Ellicott City, has announced that he is willing to make room for an elementary school on his property, making it less likely that the Howard County school board will condemn the Baugher farm.

In a letter to County Executive James N. Robey last week, Taylor, whose land is near the Baugher farm, indicated his willingness to work with the county.

Taylor said he will sell or donate the land to the county, but the financial details have not been worked out. Sydney Cousin, associate superintendent of finance and operations for the school system, said Taylor's property is "the most promising of all that we've looked at."

College expansion could add 10 buildings, amphitheater

To accommodate rapid growth, Howard Community College's board of trustees is considering a plan that would add 10 buildings, a 1,500-seat amphitheater, more parking and an outdoor spot where students can gather.

Architects estimate that it would cost about $180 million for the major projects in the plan, which was presented last week.

The facilities master planwould add the buildings on the 120-acre campus in Columbia. Included would be a field house, a student services center and a continuing education building.

Man admits to killing wife, shooting stepdaughter

A Columbia man has admitted that he gunned down his estranged wife and her daughter in what witnesses described as a public execution outside the Howard County Circuit Courthouse after a divorce proceeding last year.

Tuse S. Liu, 51, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Thursday in the killing of his wife, So Shan Chan, and the attempted murder of her daughter, Wing Wu, a day before jury selection was scheduled to start in his trial.

Liu had entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. But defense attorney Louis P. Willemin said psychiatric examinations would not support that plea.

Public sewer, water service won't be expanded west

Joseph W. Rutter Jr., director of the county's Department of Planning and Zoning, says the agency is no longer considering expanding the county's public sewer and water service, which marks the boundary between rural western Howard and the not-so-rural eastern part.

Because it is more expensive to develop land not connected to public sewer and water, Rutter's announcement last week is considered good news for those who want to prevent sprawl from engulfing farms and fields in western Howard.

Renovations will close central library about a year

Howard County's central library branch will close May 31 for about a year for renovations, and will not relocate to temporary quarters, county officials say.

County Public Works Director James M. Irvin said he needs about 10,000 square feet to relocate the library, but -- because of the county's surging economy -- he could not find space at any price.

The library, at South Entrance Road and Little Patuxent Parkway, will store its collection in the county-owned AlliedSignal Building in east Columbia.

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