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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | May 27, 1992
WESTMINSTER -- The county charter board discussed guidelines for establishing an operating and capital budget, spending money, creating reserve funds, competitive bidding and land purchases at its weekly meeting last night.The nine-member board is writing the document that could replace Carroll's commissioner form of government, if approved by voters.The board worked on details of the "budget and finance" article, one of several sections which will comprise the charter. Others include the personnel, legislative and general provisions articles.
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By Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,Sun reporter | January 10, 2008
A day after their principal was removed under mysterious circumstances and replaced by a school system administrator, board members of an Anne Arundel County charter school did some ousting of their own. The board of Chesapeake Science Point Charter School removed the school system's choice, Joan Valentine, yesterday and chose Judith Henry, a retired Prince George's County principal who had spent a year at the school, as her temporary replacement....
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | February 13, 1998
The Carroll County Commissioners' jobs would be eliminated -- if voters decide they should go -- under a proposed charter approved last night.The Carroll County Charter Board endorsed a charter that would replace the three commissioners with an executive and county council.Hampstead Mayor Christopher M. Nevin, the board vice chairman, and New Windsor Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr., who wrote the proposed charter, planned to deliver a copy to the commissioners by the start of business today.Officials will have 30 days to publish the proposal twice in local newspapers and up to 90 days to schedule a special election to submit it to county voters.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | April 25, 1998
A festive group of anti-charter advocates gathered in the sunshine outside Carroll County's historic courthouse yesterday to air their objections to a proposed change in the county's form of government, in place for more than 100 years."
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November 12, 1997
The Carroll County Charter Board has canceled its meeting tomorrow. Several expected absences would probably mean a lack of a quorum.The nine-member board will resume its weekly meeting schedule at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in Room A125 at Carroll Community College in Westminster. A discussion of the board of appeals is on the agenda.Information: 410-848-8846.Pub Date: 11/12/97
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff writer | May 6, 1992
WESTMINSTER -- The board writing a charter for Carroll government voted last night to create a county council of at least five districts, but rejected a motion that would have eliminated consideration of seven or more districts.The charter board voted, 7-1, to eliminate from consideration a council composed of four or fewer districts. That vote also eliminated the possibility of creating a seven-member council with four members elected by district and three elected at large.The nine-member board, which is writing the document that could change Carroll's government, then voted, 4-3, against eliminating the possibility of creating seven or more districts out of the county's population of 123,372.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | August 12, 1992
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll Charter Board engaged in a convoluted debate last night over imposing some type of control over county spending, then deferred a decision until Carroll's budget director can offer advice on the effects of various limits.The nine-member board, which is writing the document that could become Carroll government's constitution if it is approved by voters, agreed in principle that some form of taxation limit should be included in the charter. But they haven't decided the best method to achieve that goal.
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By Daniel P. Clemens Jr. and Daniel P. Clemens Jr.,Staff writer | February 26, 1992
The county charter board closed one chapter last night and opens another tonight.And the task that begins in earnest this evening will put the board -- and Carroll -- into state history.The nine board members, appointed last fall and charged with writing a charter for Carroll residents to vote on, will gather tonight with eight people who want to challenge for their seats for a 7:30 forum at North Carroll High in Hampstead.On Tuesday, the 17 will viefor seats on the board, the first time in Maryland history an appointed charter board has been challenged in an election, said board co-chairman Jon Buck.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | July 22, 1992
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll Charter Board postponed a decision last night on whether county government should have an appointed administrator or an elected executive at its helm because three members were absent.The nine-member board decided to discuss and vote on the issue, considered perhaps the most crucial aspect of the charter, at next Tuesday's 7:30 p.m. meeting at the Agriculture Center.The board's first major decision in drafting the charter was to have an administrator, appointed by a county council, oversee the daily operation of government.
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By Daniel P. Clemens Jr. and Daniel P. Clemens Jr.,Staff writer | March 4, 1992
The charter board appeared as though it would emerge from yesterday's primary election largely unscathed, with seven of nine original appointed members leading in the bid to retain their seats, according toearly results.With 13 of the county's 35 precincts reporting, only challengers Richard Yates and Lanny Harchenhorn were among the topnine vote-getters in the 17-candidate race."It frightens me that people that put that much faith in the politicians," Yates said last night after being informed of early results.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | March 25, 1998
In the weeks before the May 2 charter election, supporters and opponents will be escalating their campaigns in an extensive series of public forums, debating an issue that could change the face of local government."
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March 22, 1998
Yates accusations against Gullo baselessOrdinarily, I make it a point never to stoop to the level of those who hurl wild, baseless accusations against me, and call my character into question.As I learned long ago, even before entering politics, mudslinging benefits no one. It's like wrestling in the mud with a pig: You both get dirty, no matter who wins. Plus, the pig seems to enjoy it.However reluctant, I feel compelled to respond to the outlandish allegations that Carroll County Commissioner Richard T. Yates leveled at me.In claiming that I had reneged on my word not to allow the charter document to be released before July (so as to rule out the possibility of a special election)
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By MIKE BURNS | March 22, 1998
WHO WOULD have thought that the election date for voting on whether to switch from commissioner to charter government would cause such a problem?All of the legal objections to the original June 9 polling date popped up belatedly, the supposedly competent people disclaiming responsibility for the lapse.Was it a disappointing failure of nearly everyone involved to ensure that a special spring election on the charter question could be held smoothly, legally? Or was it an example of how many heads can come together to eventually, by trial and error, solve a problem?
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | March 15, 1998
Charter supporters are increasingly frustrated by what they see as a pattern of stalling by county and state officials who are opposed to changing local government.Confusion about the date for a referendum on charter government is the latest in a series of missteps that are confusing voters who must decide on what form of government works best for Carroll County, proponents say."Government officials should facilitate, not create static in a process that is already confusing to voters," said New Windsor Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr., who helped write the proposed charter.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | March 13, 1998
A referendum on a new form of county government cannot take place later than May 7 and meet state and federal deadlines, Carroll election board officials said yesterday.They asked the County Commissioners to set Tuesday, May 5, as the date of the referendum, provided the school board agrees to close the schools so they can be used as polling places.But the commissioners voted 2 to 1 to do no more than ask the school board if it would be willing to make the date available.Commissioner Richard T. Yates, who opposes the proposed change to a county executive-county council form of government, voted against polling the school board.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer James M. Coram contributed to this article | March 5, 1998
The County Commissioners asked the local State House delegation yesterday to draft emergency legislation that would allow prospective candidates for offices created by a proposed charter to file after a state-imposed July 6 deadline.The bill would extend the filing deadline for the September primary to Aug. 8. The commissioners acted on the advice of the state attorney general's office."This request for a departure from the normal deadline is for this election only because of special circumstances," said Commissioner Donald I. Dell.
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By Daniel P. Clemens Jr. and Daniel P. Clemens Jr.,Staff writer | January 15, 1992
A request to throw out petitions by nine Republicans who want to runagainst members appointed to the charter board has been dismissed bythe county commissioners.The commissioners, disagreeing with a Jan. 8 letter from a Finksburg resident who argued the petitions violated state law, said they refuse to invalidate the petitions."A large number of citizens of Carroll County would be effectively disenfranchised were we to invalidate the petitions," the commissioners wrote in response.The Board of Election Supervisors discussed the county's response to the challenge during its regular monthly meeting yesterday.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | May 13, 1992
WESTMINSTER -- The Charter Review Commission unanimously passed an article providing the framework for personnel policy for a new structure of county government.The decision was the first major article of the proposed charter that has been adopted by the nine-member panel, which is writing the document that would serve as the constitution for Carroll government if approved by voters. The charter would outline the structure, powers, duties and limitations of government."We're trying to make a skeleton and hang things on it," said V. Lanny Harchenhorn, a committee member.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | March 4, 1998
If Carroll County voters approve a charter on June 9, prospective candidates for the five-member county council and executive will have less than a month to file for the September primary.The state-mandated filing deadline for all primary candidates is July 6. To allow more time to Carroll candidates seeking office under the charter, the proposed document extends the filing deadline to Aug. 8.Victor Tervala, an attorney with the Institute for Governmental Service, a consultant group which advised the charter writers, said he does not anticipate a problem.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 19, 1998
Carroll County voters will choose how they want to be governed in a special election June 9.On the ballot will be a charter initiative that could change government from a system of three commissioners to an executive and county council. Also on the ballot will be a proposal to expand the number of commissioners to five.Voters will have a choice of yes or no on both issues. If both receive a majority of yes votes, charter takes precedence. If neither proposal receives a majority, the county will continue to be governed by three commissioners.
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