County criticized for setting meetings during Passover

April 13, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Harford County's schedule for starting public discussions of land-use planning has come under criticism from the Jewish community for setting meetings on Jewish holy days.

Stuart Jay Robinson, president of the Jewish Council of Harford County, said that two of the four kickoff meetings presented conflicts: The meeting Wednesday at Joppatowne High School coincides with the start of Passover and the meeting April 23 at Bel Air High School coincides with the last day of Passover.

Robinson asked that the two meetings be rescheduled or that additional dates be offered to allow for Jewish participation.

The county responded that it could not reschedule the remaining kickoff meetings. Theresa Raymond of the planning department said that the scheduling was complete and that the next series of events in drawing the Land Use Plan would be public workshops set for 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 14 at Havre de Grace High School, May 29 at Bel Air High School, June 12 at Joppatowne High School and June 18 at North Harford High School.

The first two kickoff meetings were held March 26 and April 2.

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