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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Sun Staff Writer | February 23, 1995
Making Columbia an incorporated city must offer residents concrete benefits to gain their support, the mayor of Bowie and the leader of an incorporation drive on the Eastern Shore told leaders of the Columbia movement last night."
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By Erika Niedowski and Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF | April 27, 2000
A leading proponent of Columbia's incorporation as a city is renewing his effort to revamp the local governing structure, saying a homeowners group such as the Columbia Association is "simply not efficient when trying to do something this grand." Neil Noble, who was active with the Columbia Municipal League before it disbanded several years ago, said Howard County's planned community of 87,000 residents has grown too large to be governed by anything but a real government. "It's time to start up this incorporation effort again," said Noble, 52, a 10-year resident of Oakland Mills.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Sun Staff Writer | August 16, 1995
The University of Maryland likely will do a study evaluating the pros and cons of incorporating Columbia -- but not until incorporation proponents develop a clearer vision of the city they want to create.And there's still ample division within that group about what sort of services it would want its proposed city to provide."I think they're still trying to define exactly what they want us to do," said Barbara Hawk, director of the university's Institute for Governmental Service, which offers research and consulting services to all levels of Maryland government and nonprofit groups.
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September 8, 1997
EVERY ONCE in a while -- sometimes it feels like every five minutes -- somebody floats the idea of incorporating the unincorporated, planned city of Columbia. Eventually, incorporation could be the right move for a community with enough population to displace Rockville as Maryland's second-largest city, after Baltimore. The time, however, has not yet arrived.Appeal for the idea lingers because the current system has its flaws. But supporters have yet to make a convincing case that a city of Columbia would have fewer problems than the community of Columbia.
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September 8, 1997
EVERY ONCE in a while -- sometimes it feels like every five minutes -- somebody floats the idea of incorporating the unincorporated, planned city of Columbia. Eventually, incorporation could be the right move for a community with enough population to displace Rockville as Maryland's second-largest city, after Baltimore. The time, however, has not yet arrived.Appeal for the idea lingers because the current system has its flaws. But supporters have yet to make a convincing case that a city of Columbia would have fewer problems than the community of Columbia.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Sun Staff Writer | April 3, 1995
The Howard County Chamber of Commerce, concerned about how a drive to turn Columbia into a city would affect business taxes and land-use planning, has formed a task force to study the issue.And later this month, the Howard County League of Women Voters will decide at its annual meeting whether to take up the incorporation issue as one of its few research projects for the next year.Those leading county business and nonpartisan political organizations are considering the incorporation issue at a time when the citizens group leading the movement for incorporation has been unable to field more than one candidate for eight open Columbia Council seats and has been questioned about possible flaws in its referendum petition.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | November 20, 1996
The 2-year-old effort to incorporate Columbia is dead.Incorporation activist Neil Noble said yesterday that the fledging Columbia Municipal League is disbanding. With its demise goes the most outspoken voice for turning the country's largest unincorporated planned community into a city."Indifference killed us," said Noble, treasurer of the incorporation group. "Because Columbia is such a desirable place to live, nobody gives a damn."Noble and others in the Columbia Municipal League -- fed up with what they see as the Rouse Co.'s corporate direction of Columbia -- had been collecting signatures from Howard County residents for more than two years.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Sun Staff Writer | April 27, 1995
The Howard County League of Women Voters decided last night to study the possible incorporation of Columbia as one of its two research projects for the next year.With that decision at its annual meeting, the league became the second independent organization to embark this spring on a study of incorporating the 28-year-old planned community of 82,000 residents. The Chamber of Commerce is the other.The Columbia Council, the Columbia Association's board of directors, also is studying Columbia's nontraditional form of governance.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | March 28, 1995
Another article in that section incorrectly stated that the University of Maryland System's Institute for Governmental Service had reviewed a petition by a group seeking to incorporate Columbia. An institute consultant said that it had advised the Columbia Municipal League Inc. about incorporation, but did not look at the group's petition.The Sun regrets the errors.Leaders of the movement to transform Columbia into a city say concerns about their petition drive that were raised recently by state and county legal authorities will not affect their efforts.
NEWS
March 23, 1995
The effort to incorporate Columbia, Howard County's planned city, could face major hurdles in the coming months. The potential stumbling blocks, which may in fact be insurmountable, could make moot a petition drive currently under way to put the incorporation issue on the general election ballot.The Columbia Municipal League, established as a vehicle to pursue incorporation, has already toiled for months to collect 3,000 of the 10,000 signatures needed to request the referendum. But the Howard County solictor's office is in the process of reviewing whether the petition is valid as written.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | November 20, 1996
The 2-year-old effort to incorporate Columbia is dead.Incorporation activist Neil Noble said yesterday that the fledging Columbia Municipal League is disbanding. With its demise goes the most outspoken voice for turning the country's largest unincorporated planned community into a city."Indifference killed us," said Noble, treasurer of the incorporation group. "Because Columbia is such a desirable place to live, nobody gives a damn."Noble and others in the Columbia Municipal League -- fed up with what they see as the Rouse Co.'s corporate direction of Columbia -- had been collecting signatures from Howard County residents for more than two years.
NEWS
October 29, 1995
But seriously, folks, massage bust was a farceNo wonder morale in the police department is suffering. Imagine the cold sweats, the sleepless nights, the palpitating hearts. No, it's not another proud appearance before national TV cameras about lie detector tests given to rape victims, but the latest Keystone Kaper as officers soul search the very meaning of life itself. The brave few blue coil with anxiety, knowing in their hearts what they must do, that they must be willing to sacrifice, that, "Yes, OK, chief, I'll do it!
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Sun Staff Writer | August 16, 1995
The University of Maryland likely will do a study evaluating the pros and cons of incorporating Columbia -- but not until incorporation proponents develop a clearer vision of the city they want to create.And there's still ample division within that group about what sort of services it would want its proposed city to provide."I think they're still trying to define exactly what they want us to do," said Barbara Hawk, director of the university's Institute for Governmental Service, which offers research and consulting services to all levels of Maryland government and nonprofit groups.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Sun Staff Writer | April 27, 1995
The Howard County League of Women Voters decided last night to study the possible incorporation of Columbia as one of its two research projects for the next year.With that decision at its annual meeting, the league became the second independent organization to embark this spring on a study of incorporating the 28-year-old planned community of 82,000 residents. The Chamber of Commerce is the other.The Columbia Council, the Columbia Association's board of directors, also is studying Columbia's nontraditional form of governance.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Sun Staff Writer | April 3, 1995
The Howard County Chamber of Commerce, concerned about how a drive to turn Columbia into a city would affect business taxes and land-use planning, has formed a task force to study the issue.And later this month, the Howard County League of Women Voters will decide at its annual meeting whether to take up the incorporation issue as one of its few research projects for the next year.Those leading county business and nonpartisan political organizations are considering the incorporation issue at a time when the citizens group leading the movement for incorporation has been unable to field more than one candidate for eight open Columbia Council seats and has been questioned about possible flaws in its referendum petition.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | March 28, 1995
Another article in that section incorrectly stated that the University of Maryland System's Institute for Governmental Service had reviewed a petition by a group seeking to incorporate Columbia. An institute consultant said that it had advised the Columbia Municipal League Inc. about incorporation, but did not look at the group's petition.The Sun regrets the errors.Leaders of the movement to transform Columbia into a city say concerns about their petition drive that were raised recently by state and county legal authorities will not affect their efforts.
NEWS
By Erika Niedowski and Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF | April 27, 2000
A leading proponent of Columbia's incorporation as a city is renewing his effort to revamp the local governing structure, saying a homeowners group such as the Columbia Association is "simply not efficient when trying to do something this grand." Neil Noble, who was active with the Columbia Municipal League before it disbanded several years ago, said Howard County's planned community of 87,000 residents has grown too large to be governed by anything but a real government. "It's time to start up this incorporation effort again," said Noble, 52, a 10-year resident of Oakland Mills.
NEWS
March 23, 1995
The effort to incorporate Columbia, Howard County's planned city, could face major hurdles in the coming months. The potential stumbling blocks, which may in fact be insurmountable, could make moot a petition drive currently under way to put the incorporation issue on the general election ballot.The Columbia Municipal League, established as a vehicle to pursue incorporation, has already toiled for months to collect 3,000 of the 10,000 signatures needed to request the referendum. But the Howard County solictor's office is in the process of reviewing whether the petition is valid as written.
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