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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 26, 2002
The Westminster Common Council agreed last night to proceed with a $2.8 million plan to renovate the Locust Lane pedestrian mall and build a 2 1/2 -story parking deck on Longwell Avenue. The $300,000 renovation plan for Locust Lane includes making the lane accessible to the disabled by raising its elevation, building a stage and replacing concrete planters with chairs, tables and benches. The $2.5 million parking deck, which would be built on top of the Longwell parking lot, would add about 200 parking spaces to the lot's 125. The deck would be built on the corner of the Longwell lot closest to Locust Lane.
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By Richard E. Israel | January 13, 2008
This year, the citizens of Annapolis will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the granting of the first city charter. The charter was granted by the colonial governor, John Seymour, in the name of Queen Anne. Under the original charter, there was an elected common council. Together with a self-perpetuating board of aldermen, it selected the mayor. However, the franchise for electing members of the common council was limited. Under the republican form of government we have enjoyed since 1776, the franchise has been broadened so that we now have universal adult suffrage.
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February 25, 1998
The Westminster Common Council voted unanimously at its regular Monday night meeting to confirm the mayor's reappointments of two members of the city's parks board.Mayor Kenneth A. Yowan reappointed Barbara E. Parker of the 900 block of Wampler Lane and Peter E. Loats of the first block of W. Green St.They will serve two years on the seven-member board, which includes representatives from the city and the county.Westminster post office is extending its hoursThe Westminster post office will have longer hours beginning Saturday.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Sun Reporter | July 8, 2007
Wanted: 263 people of all ages to fill a theater for a family movie and buy popcorn and soda - cheap. Next movie is Fly Away Home at 1 p.m. Thursday at Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. Tickets $4 for adults and $3 for members, senior citizens and students under 18. Concessions, $2 each. Cash, credit card, checks welcome. 410-848-7272. Filling the Carroll County Arts Council's big-screen theater whenever a movie is shown is one of Sandy Oxx's goals to help recoup a $17,500 funding loss from the city of Westminster in this fiscal year.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | January 11, 2000
The Westminster Common Council approved last night the rezoning of several parcels of land and a loan to rehabilitate the old stone building at the site of Farmers Supply Co. downtown. The changes affect several properties zoned in the mid-1980s as light industrial or conservation because they were near schools. "As part of Westminster's comprehensive plan adopted in 1998, we plan to rezone for residential use, so it will be compatible with surrounding zoning," said Thomas B. Beyard, Westminster's director of planning and public works.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2003
Robert D. Miller, Robert D. Miller's plans to build Carroll's first indoor skating rink fell through, but he still says the county seat needs more recreational venues - and, for that matter, more economic development of any kind. "I see Westminster becoming a bedroom community and it'll hurt Westminster if it doesn't get more businesses," says Miller, who is running for a seat on the city's Common Council. Miller, 39, has never run for elected office, but he says it is time for him to do more than sit on the sidelines.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | May 12, 2003
Voters in Westminster going to the polls today to elect three members of the city's Common Council will choose from three incumbents, a former school board member, a community activist and a parks and recreation enthusiast. Major campaign issues include dealing with merchant unhappiness over increased parking fees and fines, cleaning up the city's more troubled areas, fostering economic development and landlord regulation. Last week, a letter written by the head of a local landlords association drew an angry backlash from incumbents.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | October 20, 1999
Housing had never been part of the original plans for developing the old Farmers Supply site at the corner of Liberty and Green streets in downtown Westminster.But it is an important component of each of the proposals from three developers eager to transform the site into a place that would be used around the clock with retail, office and apartment space.One outside observer who is an expert in land use is glad to see plans that could rejuvenate Westminster's Main Street by having more people live there.
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By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF | November 17, 2000
With 178 days until Westminster's mayoral election, the city has its first candidate. Suzanne P. Albert filed her declaration of intent to run and paid a $25 filing fee Tuesday. "Usually folks wait until a little later," said city Clerk John Dutterer, a 36-year city employee. Westminster's mayoral election is May 14. Deadline for filing declarations of intent is April 16. A member of the Common Council since 1995, Albert, who moved to Westminster from Annapolis at age 6, is the granddaughter of David E. Walsh, who was mayor from 1912 to 1916.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | February 24, 2003
Almost a year after police officers in Westminster began lobbying for a more lucrative pension plan, the proposal that they have favored from the beginning is to be put to a vote at tonight's Common Council meeting. The proposal that would allow city police to receive retirement benefits under the state-run Law Enforcement Officers Pension System (LEOPS) appears to have enough support to pass, said Councilman Roy L. Chiavacci, who is chairman of a committee that examined pension plans for the force.
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December 10, 2006
TOMORROW Sykesville Town Council -- will meet at 7 p.m. in the Town House meeting room at 7547 Main St. 410-795-6390. Westminster Common Council -- will meet at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1838 Emerald Hill Lane. 410-848-9000. Taneytown City Council -- will meet at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 17 E. Baltimore St. 410-751-1100. TUESDAY Carroll County Commissioners -- will meet at 9:30 a.m. for an open community discussion and regular meeting at 10 a.m. in Room 300A, County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun reporter | August 25, 2006
David S. Babylon, a retired accountant who had served for many years on the Westminster Common Council and was known for his detailed knowledge of the city, died of emphysema Tuesday at his home. He was 82. With Carroll County family roots dating back for generations, Mr. Babylon was born in Westminster. He remained in his boyhood home on Willis Street until the end of his life. He was a 1941 graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy, and interrupted his studies at Gettysburg College to enlist in the Army during World War II. He attained the rank of captain.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | February 4, 2005
A former Westminster councilman who helped to revitalize a troubled neighborhood, resurrect a movie theater by turning it into a cultural center and build the city's two largest parking garages wants his old seat back. "If you're going to live in a community, you should work to improve it," said L. Gregory Pecoraro, 45, who filed yesterday as a candidate for one of two city Common Council positions. Elections will be held May 9. "I did a good job before, and I think I'll do a good job again," he said.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | January 30, 2005
Kevin R. Utz, Westminster's fire chief is one of the first to file for one of two seats on the city's five-member Common Council in the nonpartisan election scheduled for May 9. Kevin R. Utz, 47, a Westminster native, is a newcomer to politics, although he applied to fill a seat in the House of Delegates vacated last year when Carmen Amedori resigned to accept a post in state government. Utz was unsuccessful in that bid. For more than 25 years, he served as a state trooper and volunteer firefighter.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | January 30, 2005
Kevin R. Utz, Westminster's fire chief is one of the first to file for one of two seats on the city's five-member Common Council in the nonpartisan election scheduled for May 9. Kevin R. Utz, 47, a Westminster native, is a newcomer to politics, although he applied to fill a seat in the House of Delegates vacated last year when Carmen Amedori resigned to accept a post in state government. Utz was unsuccessful in that bid. For more than 25 years, he served as a state trooper and volunteer firefighter.
NEWS
August 26, 2001
Westminster's mayor and Common Council will hold a public hearing tomorrow on the proposed rezoning of part of the Koontz property on Route 140 across from the College Square shopping center and adjoining the Cliveden Reach development. The council is considering a proposal that could increase the potential density of housing on the property from half-acre lots to quarter-acre lots. That would mean 288 housing units could be built on the property instead of 209 units. The hearing, which will be held at City Hall and followed by the regularly scheduled Common Council meeting, is at 7 p.m.
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