Columbia Council votes down raise, bonus for McCarty...

April 09, 2000

Columbia Council votes down raise, bonus for McCarty

Despite a pitch from Columbia Association President Deborah O. McCarty for a bonus and a substantial raise -- potentially to $200,000 -- the Columbia Council has voted not to give her either.

The vote against awarding McCarty a raise in her $130,000 salary passed 9-1 Thursday night, with Council Chairman Joseph Merke the lone dissenter.

The council defeated, by a vote of 6-4, a proposal to give McCarty a $5,000 bonus, though sources familiar with the situation said Kenneth Puckett proposed -- but did not get a second on -- a bonus three times that much. In addition to Merke and Puckett, those supporting the $5,000 bonus were Jean S. Friedberg Jr. and Cecilia Januszkiewicz.

Opponents voice opinions on Ellicott City development

The Howard County Historic District Commission heard from some Ellicott City residents who oppose a plan for a development near Main Street.

Michael Pfau wants to build four office buildings off Fels Lane in Ellicott City. His architect has designed the buildings to look like an old farmstead, complete with a caretaker's home and an old barn.

Ellicott City residents came to the Historic District Commission meeting Thursday night to oppose Pfau's plan, saying it would destroy the character of the historic district, a popular tourist destination.

The commission did not vote on the proposal last night, wanting to consult with legal counsel first.

Police officers honored for Howard County service

Several police officers have been honored for their work in Howard County.

At the annual county law enforcement awards ceremony Thursday night in Ellicott City, Officer Jason Kindel, 29, who patrols the North Laurel area, received the community service award. Cpl. Mark Shiplett, 42, a patrolman in the Northern District, was named Officer of the Year.

Last year, Shiplett handled 904 cases, wrote 149 incident reports, made 85 criminal arrests, 65 driving-while-intoxicated arrests and wrote 500 traffic tickets, department records show.

Last year, Kindel made 90 criminal arrests. When a teen-ager was shot and killed at a shopping center last year, Kindel and other officers canvassed the area and eventually identified the shooter.

Officer Robert W. McKnight received the department's First Year Service award given to new officers whose work stands out among their peers.

HCC improvement projects under way, officials say

One year after community leaders recommended 148 ways to improve Howard Community College, HCC officials say employees have implemented -- or are working on -- about 75 percent of the proposals.

They range from marketing the college more aggressively and planning for enrollment growth to starting a study-abroad program.

"It's not that everything was done exactly as they were suggested -- but many were," HCC President Mary Ellen Duncan said last week.

Retired minister named elections board president

The Rev. Roland L. Howard Sr., a retired minister of Banneker Christian Community Church in Columbia, is the new president of Howard County's elections board, and the board has decided to reopen the search for a board administrator.

Howard, a native Howard countian and retired civilian Army employee, has been an elections board member for six years. He was elected unanimously Thursday. The post was vacant because longtime board President Frank Lupashunski resigned last month.

The board also voted to ask state personnel officials to begin advertising for a new, permanent board administrator. Board members hope the county will provide a salary supplement to raise the position's pay to $40,000 a year to help attract more applicants.

Howard `Vision' project beginning to take shape

Some of the ideas produced by the "Howard County, a United Vision" project last year are beginning to blossom.

From a countywide central clearinghouse for volunteers to gathering oral histories during the county's coming 150th birthday celebration, the vision process's action plans are beginning to be felt.

"I could not be more pleased or elated with the wellspring of community commitment to this agenda. It's their vision, and they're taking ownership of it," said Sandra T. Gray, who with former County Executive Charles I. Ecker served as co-chairs of the effort.

The vision group is raising money for staff as it works toward incorporation as a permanent organization, its leaders said last week.

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