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April 14, 2010
The explanation "But we are running a business" by Lynnie Cook, executive director of the Baltimore County Revenue Authority, in saying why he wants to close and sell a Parkville parking lot shows the attitude messing up this country for the last 40 years ("Sale of Parkville parking lot opposed by local merchants," April 13). Baltimore County is not a business but a government agency whose duty is to provide a service, not make a profit. If the parking lot helps the Parkville merchants stay in business and even expand, it is serving its purpose.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
A proposal to give pay raises to the next Anne Arundel County Council and the next county executive will be the subject of a hearing this week. The proposal comes from Councilman Jamie Benoit, who is not running for re-election because of term limits. For the county executive, Benoit's bill would increase the $130,000 salary to $165,000 over four years - an increase of nearly 27 percent. For members of the council, increases for most members would be from $36,000 to $40,518 over four years, which is about a 12 percent raise.
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June 7, 1995
Like new homeowners who rush in to remodel, repaint and repaper their new purchase, every new board of commissioners in Carroll feels compelled to reorganize county government.The current board is no exception. It has redrawn the county's organizational chart in the hope of increasing efficiency and lowering costs. Shortly after taking office, the commissioners said they would retain a consulting organization affiliated with the University of Maryland to study Carroll government. Once they discovered the review would cost $10,000, commissioners W. Benjamin Brown and Donald I. Dell took a "stab" -- in Mr. Dell's words -- at reorganizing.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
D. Kent Parker, a retired supervisor of records and information technology for Baltimore County government, died Saturday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of complications from a fall. He was 77. The stepson of Halbert Fitz, a salesman, and Margaret Polly Fitz, a homemaker, Donald Kent Parker was born and raised in Westminster. He graduated in 1954 from Westminster High School. Mr. Parker, who never used his first name and preferred his middle name, attended business school in Baltimore.
NEWS
October 24, 2004
Harford County was governed by county commissioners from the time it was created by the state legislature in 1773 until 1972. In December 1972, enactment of the Harford County Charter gave the county a system of home rule. The charter provided for legislative and executive branches of government. The county executive is the chief executive officer of Harford County and heads the executive branch of the county government. Elected every four years, the county executive is aided by a Cabinet of directors from 23 departments and agencies, including Public Works, Treasury, Planning and Zoning, Community Services, Economic Development and Parks and Recreation.
NEWS
April 22, 2007
As part of Howard County's Discover County Government Week activities, to be held through Saturday, tours of several facilities -- the landfill, the recycling center, the water reclamation plant and the new Glenwood Community Center -- are being offered to showcase the county's environmental initiatives. The Department of Public Works will hold tours of the recycling center in Elkridge at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday. Tours of the Alpha Ridge Landfill in Marriottsville will be offered at 3 p.m. Landfill tours are open to all ages, but anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Staff Writer | July 15, 1993
The Anne Arundel County government has won eight achievement awards from the National Association of Counties in an annual competition recognizing excellence in local government.The county won awards in every category it entered for the fourth consecutive year.The awards will be presented at the NACo convention later this week in Cook County, Illinois.County governments can enter only one project per department or agency."It pleases me to see Anne Arundel County employees honored for their dedication and hard work," County Executive Robert R. Neall said in a written statement.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | September 6, 1992
Let the political jockeying begin.Carroll residents will be voting Nov. 3 not only to choose federal representatives and register opinions on the abortion issue but also to determine the county government's future.Overcoming concerns about an ambitious schedule, the Carroll Charter Board presented a proposed charter to the county commissioners Thursday. The board completed its work in time for the charter to be put on the Nov. 3 ballot, saving the county an estimated $50,000 for a special election.
NEWS
September 21, 1995
BY HIRING Stephen Brown, son of Carroll Sheriff John H. Brown, as the county's airport manager without advertising the job, the county government creates the distinct impression that its personnel policies are designed to reward insiders. This unfortunate incident only reinforces a notion that Carroll government is run by a good old boys network.There is no dispute that the county needs an airport manager. The position has been vacant since May, after former manager John W. Lucas left after serving for only six months.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | July 20, 2007
Howard County government appears headed toward having a stronger, higher-profile environmental presence, but a group of volunteers is struggling with the question of what form such an agency should take. Pushing ideas to improve the environment is one thing, but having the power to make them happen is another, which is why members of the Commission on the Environment and Sustainability were examining the options this week at a meeting in the George Howard Building in Ellicott City. Should county government have a new, full-fledged Department of the Environment?
NEWS
July 31, 2014
In the recent editorial, "Disruptive democracy" (July 29), a critical, overriding question is overlooked. It is correctly observed that the overly zealous curbing of public comment is not the fault of the police officers. Instead, it is a reflection of the low tolerance of citizen input by the county government as a whole. But most certainly, it was not "the county government as a whole" that directed the police officers to give "helpful tips" to the two Dundalk activists who were trying to present their perspective on the government's plans that would significantly impact their local community.
NEWS
July 28, 2014
We take the Baltimore County Police Department at its word that its officers were just trying to give some helpful tips to a pair of Dundalk activists about the rules of decorum at County Council work sessions and not trying to intimidate them into silence about their opposition to County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's proposed redevelopment of a government building in the community. Even if the meeting earlier this month between three officers and a pair of community activists really was intended as a "polite and friendly way to discuss concerns about protocols," as the police department's spokeswoman put it, the whole business still stinks, which Chief Jim Johnson correctly concluded after reviewing the incident.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Anne Arundel County voters pick the county's executive, council members, sheriff and several courthouse officials. If one council member has his way, they may soon also pick the county attorney. Councilman Daryl Jones, a Severn Democrat, will introduce a resolution at Monday's council session that would make the county attorney's job an elected position. Currently, the county attorney is appointed by the county executive. Jones also is introducing an alternative resolution that would ask voters to decide if the County Council should have the ability to confirm whoever is appointed county attorney.
NEWS
July 3, 2014
Harford County government will be closed today (Friday), in observance of Independence Day, and also on Monday, as an administrative closure day. The closures both days will include county government offices, senior activity centers and the Harford Waste Disposal Center at Scarboro. The Harford Waste Disposal Center and the Tollgate Yard Waste Drop-off in Bel Air will be open as normal on Saturday. Harford Transit Link bus service will not operate today (Friday), but will operate on Monday.
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Letter to The Aegis | June 10, 2014
The following was sent to Harford County Council President Billy Boniface. A copy was provided for publication. At the June 04, 2014 regular membership meeting of the New Harford Democratic Club, Bills 14-21 and 14-18 were studied and discussed. By a unanimous vote, we agreed to oppose the passages of both of these ordinances. Bill 14-21 is a seriously misguided and ham-handed attempt to eliminate the rights of citizens and communities to access their elected officials and seek redress on zoning issues.
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Editorial from The Aegis | May 27, 2014
Winston Churchill is credited with many wry quips, including the observation that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others that have been tried. No doubt, the sentiment relates to the reality that representative governments, managed by leaders chosen by the people and organized to prevent tyrants from taking over and to protect the rights of people who hold minority opinions, are notoriously beset by inefficiencies and no-win situations. The zoning appeals process in Harford County (and the balance of Maryland, for that matter)
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By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,Sun Reporter | November 15, 2006
The man who oversees the day-to-day operation of the Baltimore County government said yesterday that he will resign by the end of the year. County Administrative Officer Anthony G. Marchione, 74, said he made it clear when he took the job in 2003 that he planned to retire after County Executive James T. Smith Jr.'s first term. He said he wants to travel and spend more time at his house on North Carolina's Outer Banks. "I know what it feels like to not have a full-time job, and I'm looking forward to doing those things," said Marchione, a former teacher and school administrator.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
Public library advocates are questioning a Baltimore County plan to transfer library information-technology services to the county government's IT office, saying it could set a precedent that threatens the library's autonomy. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's budget includes the transfer of 28 positions in the Baltimore County Public Library system to the county's Office of Information Technology starting July 1. A County Council vote on the budget is scheduled for Thursday. Administration officials say the move is part of a long-term strategy to make government more efficient.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 9, 2014
Ground was broken Thursday for a new county government funded facility to provide therapeutic horseback riding activities for children and adults with special needs, disadvantaged and at-risk young people and elderly citizens. The Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation has teamed up with Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding to create a permanent home for the Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding Program at Oakington Farm along the Chesapeake Bay near Havre de Grace. "This is a wonderful partnership to help serve the citizens of Harford County.
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