Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

July 30, 2006

Women Voters to meet Thursday

The League of Women Voters in Carroll County will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave.

The group is preparing candidate forums. Anyone interested in distributing non-partisan information on issues and candidates for Carroll County elections is urged to attend.

Information: President Elaine Hanratty, 410-549-4693.

Candidate forums set at Krug Chapel

Carroll Lutheran Village, a new polling site for Carroll County, will hold three candidate forums in Krug Chapel Auditorium on the Westminster campus at 300 St. Luke Circle.

All forums are open to the public and will be held at 1 p.m. as follows:

Thursday: Candidates and incumbents for state Senate and House of Delegates.

Aug. 9: Candidates and incumbents for county commissioner and Board of Education.

Oct. 17: Candidates and incumbents for governor, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Information: 410-848-0090.

Freedom Area to hold forums

The Freedom Area Citizens' Council will hold a commissioners candidate forum Thursday at the Sykesville-Freedom Fire Hall and a delegate and senator candidate forum at the South Carroll Senior Center Aug. 17. Both events start at 7 p.m. and are open to the public.

Neuman is issued ethics order

The Mount Airy Ethics Commission has ordered a planning and zoning commission member to stop hunting on the property of a local developer, according Dick Swanson, chairman of the ethics commission.

Jay Neuman, the planning board member and former Town Council candidate, must end all dealings with any parties that have business with the planning commission, Swanson said.

John Clapp, the Frederick attorney investigating the issue, found Neuman in violation on the town's code, Swanson said. In January, a Mount Airy resident filed a conflict-of-interest complaint against Neuman for hunting on property owned by developer Robert Scranton, while voting on planning issues that affected Scranton's CBI Development Group.

Neuman will retain his position on the planning commission.

Diane Gleason, the resident who filed the complaint, said a harsher penalty should have been enacted. "Basically, it just sets a precedent that our officials can violate the town code," Gleason said. "Without any consequences, there's no ability to stop it."

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