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April 25, 2014
As a resident of Harper's Choice for 33 years, I am excited about the opportunity to have Alan Klein serve as our representative to the Columbia Council. Alan and I have worked together in the field of leadership and organizational change and for many years. I know him to be an independent thinker with insight and intelligence who always strives to treat others with respect. Alan has the kind of mind that enables him to grasp very complex, systemic issues, the kind of issues facing the Council as it grapples with decisions about Symphony Woods, open government and ensuring that lien payers receive real value for the fees we all pay. He consistently applies his skills in bringing people of divergent views together to come to a result that serves the common good.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | May 1, 2014
One incumbent and two newcomers were elected to serve on the Columbia Council in contested races in the village dections held Saturday, April 26.  Newcomer Jeanne Ketley narrowly unseated longtime Town Center representative Suzanne Waller by a vote of 141-75. In Hickory Ridge, where a quorum was reached for the first time in recent years, incumbent Gregg Schwind defeated challenger Harry Schwarz, 189-147. Alan Klein will succeed long-serving Harper's Choice representative Cynthia Coyle, who did not seek re-election, after defeating newcomer Bob Fontaine by a vote of 196-179.
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NEWS
April 22, 1994
Columbia residents will go to the polls tomorrow to elect members to the Columbia Council and to their respective village boards. Unless some last-minute enthusiasm erupts, the turnout will be astonishingly low -- verifying a running debate about apathy in the planned city. Many villages require votes from only 10 percent of homeowners to validate an election. Still, often a quorum isn't met. Three villages even scrapped that requirement for lower thresh olds. And one village -- Long Reach -- requires that but 50 people vote to legitimize the returns.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
There is a lot at stake in Saturday's election of the Town Center rep to the Columbia Council. The residents need to elect Jeanne Ketley to speak out for them. I served in this position for two years and understand the tremendous pressure to go along. The incumbent has put in a lot of time, but simply does not give sufficient attention to the concerns and needs of the current residents. Jeanne Ketley understands that change is constant and can be a good thing, but not when the needs of the current residents of Town Center are ignored over and over again.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Sun Staff Writer | May 6, 1994
The Columbia Council re-elected Karen Kuecker chairwoman and selected David Berson as vice chairman last night.It was the first meeting since the April 23 election of the council, which directs the Columbia Association.The 10-member council also discussed ways to improve the flow of information from association managers to the council, including a recommendation that the council consider hiring its own staff.Council officers were elected through a self-nominating process.Ms. Kuecker of Owen Brown village was unopposed in her bid to continue as chairwoman, while Mr. Berson of River Hill village was elected over Suzanne Waller of Town Center.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Sun Staff Writer | June 25, 1995
The Columbia Council has vowed to take a more aggressive approach this year toward ensuring that the Columbia Association spends residents' money wisely.Admitting that it has lacked detailed knowledge of many of the nonprofit association's operations, the elected council adopted a policy Thursday night to evaluate the efficiency and benefit to the community of every CA facility and program.The council also reviewed the CA's financial report for the fiscal year that ended April 30, which showed the organization's largest operating surplus ever and big gains in recreational membership revenue, but sluggish growth in income from annual property levies.
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By C. FRASER SMITH | March 11, 2001
BEFORE HE won a seat on the Columbia Council, Lanny Morrison lamented the council's propensity to meet in private. As council chairman, he operates as if he were the council's minister of closed doors. He says he's doing his best with a council that has little interest in collegial decision-making, but his detractors say he arrogates power to himself -- and withholds information critical to their decision-making. "Lanny Morrison has bent over backward to provide information," said Pearl Atkinson-Stewart.
NEWS
April 25, 1994
VILLAGE: DORSEY'S SEARCH Village Board (2 seats): S. Kenneth Puckett (Incumbent), 49; William Thies Jr. (I), 49VILLAGE: HARPER'S CHOICEColumbia Council: Hope Sachwald (I), 170; Laura Waters, 132Village Board (3 seats): Heather D'Amore (I), 223; James T. Edmonds, 208; Peter Weickgenannt (I), 151; Melvin Weinstein, 148VILLAGE: HICKORY RIDGEColumbia Council: Mike Rethman (I), unopposed, 167Village Board (5 seats): Miles Coffman (I), 164; Linda Hitzelberger (I), 159; Phil Berman (I), 158; Mark Nedzbala, 154 (The new board will appoint a fifth member)
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By TYRONE RICHARDSON | April 23, 2006
Columbians elected two new representatives yesterday to open seats on the Columbia Council, the 10-member advisory panel for the Howard County planned community. In both races, the incumbents - Wolfger Schneider of Harper's Choice and Joshua Feldmark of Wilde Lake - chose not to run for re-election. Cynthia Coyle defeated David Willemain for the Harper's Choice council seat by a vote of 264-126. In Wilde Lake, Philip Kirsch defeated William Santos by a vote of 200-166. Incumbents Miles Coffman of Hickory Ridge, Barbara L. Russell of Oakland Mills and Pearl Atkinson-Stewart of Owen Brown ran unopposed for re-election.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 15, 2000
Columbia Council members tabled last night a proposal to hire someone to help them with their duties. The proposal stemmed from a discussion at an October work session during which several council members said they wanted the Columbia Association to add a staff member who would help them with research, correspondence and other official business. At the work session, Councilwoman Donna Rice of Town Center said she has had to pay a secretary out of her own pocket to keep up with her volunteer council duties.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
Before attending a presentation in Symphony Woods last weekend, I had already decided to vote for Alan Klein as Columbia Council rep for Harper's Choice. At this meeting I learned just how important it is for us to elect Alan. The way in which the Columbia Council has ignores the rights of Columbia residents is incredible. They have given away Symphony Woods to a private corporation that proposes to fill the park with gimmicky attractions. On top of that they are spending millions of dollars of our lien payments for these attractions.
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By Luke Lavoie, Baltimore Sun Media Group | April 25, 2014
For one of the state's most tech-savvy regions, it's a quaint process - paper ballots, delivered in person at village centers, to decide community leaders. Saturday is Election Day in Columbia, and voters will head to the polls. Well, some of them. If the past is any indication, interest in the annual Columbia village elections on Saturday will be scant. In a community with a population of more than 100,000, turnout is consistently under 10 percent of eligible voters. By comparison, Howard County saw a voter turnout of nearly 20 percent in the 2012 primary and more than 80 percent in the general election.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
As a resident of Harper's Choice for 33 years, I am excited about the opportunity to have Alan Klein serve as our representative to the Columbia Council. Alan and I have worked together in the field of leadership and organizational change and for many years. I know him to be an independent thinker with insight and intelligence who always strives to treat others with respect. Alan has the kind of mind that enables him to grasp very complex, systemic issues, the kind of issues facing the Council as it grapples with decisions about Symphony Woods, open government and ensuring that lien payers receive real value for the fees we all pay. He consistently applies his skills in bringing people of divergent views together to come to a result that serves the common good.
NEWS
April 24, 2014
For the past several years, Columbia has been at a crossroads. Redevelopment plans have the potential to change the downtown in ways that founder Jim Rouse could have never imagined. More housing is destined for the core, as is a revamped mall and even a grocery store and gym on the lakefront. Meanwhile, Howard County General and Howard Community College continue to grow. In other parts of Columbia, a plan to overhaul many of the village centers could be ready soon and a new president for the Columbia Association could be introduced nearly any day. And let's not forget that this reimagined Columbia seems destined to include changes around Merriweather Post Pavilion, both in Symphony Woods where there's currently a debate on how to develop portions of that property and on the nearby "crescent property," where the Howard Hughes Corp.
NEWS
April 17, 2014
This is one in a series of submitted candidate profiles for the Columbia Association Elections.  The Columbia Association will hold elections on Saturday, April 26. During the elections, Columbia residents who pay the Columbia Association assessed fee can vote in their respective village for their village's representative to the 10-member Columbia Council, which becomes the 10-member Board of Directors. Each village hosts its own election. This year, there are only three contested races for the 10-member board.
NEWS
April 17, 2014
The Columbia Association will hold elections on Saturday, April 26. During the elections, Columbia residents who pay the Columbia Association assessed fee can vote in their respective village for their village's representative to the 10-member Columbia Council, which becomes the 10-member Board of Directors. Each village hosts its own election. This year, there are only three contested races for the 10-member board. Those races are in Harper's Choice, Hickory Ridge and Town Center.
NEWS
May 11, 2001
State and Howard County officials wished the new Columbia Council well at an induction ceremony at Columbia Association headquarters last night. State Sen. Christopher J. McCabe, Del. Elizabeth Bobo, County Executive James N. Robey and County Council Chairman Guy J. Guzzone also offered to help the council with issues facing the community of 87,000 residents. "You have a friend in county government who cares about this community just as much as you do," Robey said. Seven of the council's 10 seats were decided in elections last month, and five of the members are new. The council will gather for a retreat at Wye River Plantation this weekend.
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