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June 5, 2001
An item in Civic Agenda published Sunday in the Howard County edition of The Sun inadvertently combined descriptions of two public meetings scheduled for today. The Howard County Council meeting with the county school board at board headquarters on Route 108 at 8:15 a.m. today is being held to review education issues. A separate meeting at the George Howard Building in Ellicott City at 8:30 a.m. is a community workshop to discuss ideas on how to make Howard County a more pedestrian-friendly place.
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By Matthew Hay Brown and Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
A judge found Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold guilty Tuesday of two counts of misconduct for using public employees to perform political and personal tasks, and he was suspended from office while the County Council made plans to force him out permanently. Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney said the two-term Republican broke the law when he directed his taxpayer-funded police protection detail to put up campaign signs, collect contributions and compile dossiers on adversaries during his 2010 re-election campaign, and when he required county workers to empty the urinary catheter bag he used after back surgery.
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By Nick Madigan | September 14, 2008
Rural residents of Baltimore County who object to the prospect of wider country roads and bridges are planning to give their views at a public hearing scheduled for tomorrow in Towson. For months, the residents have opposed county planners' proposals to widen some thoroughfares as a way of handling increased traffic and complying with updated safety standards. Officials say that more than 20 bridges and several roads in the county need widening, while rural preservationists see one-lane bridges and curvy roads as an effective way to slow traffic.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2010
Workers are hurrying to ready the George Howard Building for its first County Council meeting in two years, but there's a lot to do before Howard government agencies can move back to the 32-year-old headquarters in Ellicott City. The County Council chamber was still without seats last week as contractors worked on wiring and other final touches for a legislative session scheduled for October — the first since October 2008. County Public Works Director James Irvin, who has worked in the building since it opened in 1978 and has been overseeing its $23.5 million renovation, said the building should be ready for occupancy by mid-September.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | January 18, 1996
Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker and County Councilman Charles C. Feaga agree that residents near a west county trash dump should get some help in hooking up to the county water system.But how much help was debated again at a County Council meeting Tuesday night that drew about 25 citizens concerned about well water near the Alpha Ridge Landfill.The county has spent $10.5 million on a water system in the area, and there have been no verifiable instances of toxic chemicals spreading to the wells.
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By LARRY CARSON and LARRY CARSON,SUN REPORTER | June 4, 2006
A final vote that would make Howard County the first Baltimore-area jurisdiction to ban smoking in all public places - including bars and restaurants - is scheduled at tomorrow night's County Council meeting. The bill, sponsored by County Executive James N. Robey and west Columbia Councilman Ken Ulman, is expected to pass and would take effect in June 2007. It would make Howard the fourth Maryland county to ban smoking, joining Montgomery, Prince George's and Talbot counties, as well as Washington.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer | May 24, 1994
Brain surgery on Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden is over and "went very well," according to an announcement at a County Council meeting today.County Administrative Officer Mereen E. Kelly made the announcement as the council met to formally adopt a $1.26 billion budget.Mr. Kelly said the county executive is "in intensive care and resting comfortably." Mr. Hayden, 49, entered Johns Hopkins Hospital under an assumed name Sunday for an operation to remove malformed blood vessels from his brain, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday.
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By Ryan Davis and Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF | December 16, 2003
Anne Arundel County, where farmers have grown tobacco for more than 300 years, could become the latest area to tighten its anti-smoking laws or ban smoking in public places such as restaurants and bars. County Councilman Edward R. Reilly raised the idea of a ban at yesterday's County Council meeting, and said he hopes the county Health Department will create a group to study possible legislation. "We have to find out if there's a general consensus of the people encouraging this," said Reilly, who represents the agriculture-driven southern part of the county.
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By Ryan Davis and Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF | December 16, 2003
Anne Arundel County, where farmers have grown tobacco for more than 300 years, could become the latest area to tighten its anti-smoking laws or ban smoking in public places such as restaurants and bars. County Councilman Edward R. Reilly raised the idea of a ban at yesterday's County Council meeting, and said he hopes the county Health Department will create a group to study possible legislation. "We have to find out if there's a general consensus of the people encouraging this," said Reilly, who represents the agriculture-driven southern part of the county.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Evening Sun Staff | October 22, 1991
Amid claims of intensifying fire dangers at the long burning tree stump dump in Granite, Baltimore County officials have again petitioned the courts to force dump owner James Jett to clear a buffer area and stop alleged interference with county workers.County Attorney H. Emslie Parks revealed at last night's County Council meeting that the county is seeking a new court hearing, based on allegations that Jett has failed to clear an area of the burning dump as ordered by the court in August and has prevented environmental inspectors from entering the property.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | July 12, 2009
Feeling confused while driving in Columbia is a common anxiety for the occasional visitor, as Rep. John Sarbanes found out Monday night when he tried to find the Howard County Council for a little televised chat. The renovation of the county's offices in Ellicott City and the council's resulting relocation to quarters in east Columbia made the task all the harder. The freshman Democrat, who represents east Columbia along with sections of Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties and Baltimore City, spent much of the day talking with county business owners, Chamber of Commerce officials and County Executive Ken Ulman, he said, followed by a public town hall meeting at the central library in Columbia.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | November 4, 2008
Baltimore County business owners emerged from a County Council meeting last night vowing to fight a decision to restrict the use of electronic billboards that display advertising. A divided council voted, 4-3, to force businesses to alter the text or images on so-called "changeable copy signs" no more than once every 15 seconds and barred them from having the signs flash, blink, oscillate, scroll or show animated pictures. The business owners had advocated text-change intervals of three seconds because, they argued, it is the only way to catch the attention of drivers going by. "This doesn't work for us," said Harry S. Cohen, owner of the Firehouse Tavern in Carney.
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By Nick Madigan | September 14, 2008
Rural residents of Baltimore County who object to the prospect of wider country roads and bridges are planning to give their views at a public hearing scheduled for tomorrow in Towson. For months, the residents have opposed county planners' proposals to widen some thoroughfares as a way of handling increased traffic and complying with updated safety standards. Officials say that more than 20 bridges and several roads in the county need widening, while rural preservationists see one-lane bridges and curvy roads as an effective way to slow traffic.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | August 27, 2008
The constituents who packed a Baltimore County Council meeting last night for its quadrennial redrawing of the county's zoning map were silent as mice for almost the entire 90-minute gathering, during which officials gave rapid-fire assent to hundreds of proposed zoning changes. The only exception was a happy ripple of applause when council members rejected a controversial request from Theodore W. Bauer, owner of the Oregon Grille restaurant on Shawan Road, who has faced a barrage of flak - not to mention a lawsuit - from neighbors because of his desire to expand the property.
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By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,sun reporter | April 3, 2007
County workers and the leaders of two of their unions packed a Baltimore County Council meeting yesterday to denounce a proposed change in retirement benefits, days before a deadline for the unions to sign labor contracts. Much of the criticism centered on the administration's proposal to force current employees with less than 30 years' service to work until age 65, rather than 60, to receive full retirement benefits. County officials say the change is needed to head off a financial crisis in coming years as more and more employees retire.
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By Chris Yakaitis and Chris Yakaitis,Special to The Sun | December 20, 2006
Responding to concerns about unchecked development along the Chesapeake Bay watershed, 17 Anne Arundel County residents appeared before the County Council on Monday night to interview for spots on the board that hears zoning, permit and license appeals. For environmental groups, the seven-member Board of Appeals has become a target of criticism for approving too many variances to state regulations that protect critical areas near the waterfront. Current board members - six of whom are seeking reappointment to another four-year term - defended their voting records on variance issues, but most of the challengers vowed to enforce the Maryland Critical Area Act more strictly and crack down on leniency.
NEWS
June 20, 2002
Business group picks Owens as top leader in local government The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce recognized County Executive Janet S. Owens as the "Outstanding Government Leader for 2002" at an awards ceremony Tuesday night in Annapolis. "In the business community, we attach great significance to this award," said chamber President and CEO Bob Burdon. "The business community values the county executive's untiring effort ... to citizens and the quality of life all of us enjoy."
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 22, 2004
Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens' administration spent nearly $3,200 copying and mailing a snow removal video, which was criticized at a County Council meeting on Tuesday. "If we are so tight on money in this county, why was this mailed to me as well as all the other community leaders?" asked Marie Cook of the Provinces Civic Association in Severn. County officials said yesterday that they made 1,000 copies of the videotape and mailed it this month to 867 community associations.
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