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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 5, 2003
A Howard County hearing examiner meeting scheduled for tonight about a proposal to build a funeral home at Route 108 and Highland Road has been canceled. Hearing examiner Thomas P. Carbo said he needs time to consider a motion - filed by opponents of the development - that asks him to reject the plans.
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Letter to The Aegis | May 29, 2014
Editor: Friends of Harford strongly opposes Bill 14-21, the Charter Amendment to eliminate both the County Council serving as the Board of Appeals and the Board of Appeals itself. Under this bill, appeals of Zoning decisions made by the Hearing Examiner could only be made to the Maryland Circuit Court, making Harford County the only county in Maryland without a Board of Appeals. Under the current county charter, the Council sets the zoning law (Master Plan and Zoning Code) and oversees and approves all changes, including Comprehensive Rezoning, Special Exceptions, etc. Now our elected officials want to pull back from any individual case where they might have to make a real  decision. And the change is worse than that.
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By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN | October 14, 2008
John R. Bashaar Sr., a hearing examiner for the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation who had worked for nearly three decades as a lawyer in Baltimore County, died Oct. 5 of cardiac arrhythmia at his Towson home. He was 65. Mr. Bashaar was born at Fort Benning, Ga., and was raised in Zelienople, Pa. He was a 1961 graduate of Freedom High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Columbia University in 1965 and a master's in business in 1967, also from Columbia.
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By Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com | December 24, 2013
Neighbors filled three-quarters of the pews at Friendship Baptist Church in Sykesville last week to grill a local contracting company about its proposal to use farmland in the area as a mulching and wood composting facility. The proposal, from Howard County-based RLO Contractors, requests a conditional use for a composting facility at 1500 Route 32 in Sykesville, about 2.5 miles from the Carroll County line. At the community meeting Dec. 19, neighbors said they were concerned the facility would lower surrounding property values, citing the potential for unpleasant odors and noise generated by composting operations.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 10, 2000
Although Howard County voters strongly approved the concept of having a hearing officer for Board of Appeals cases, the County Council must now draw up legislation to make the proposal a reality. Voters approved the only local ballot question with a 77.6 percent majority Tuesday, but the referendum is only enabling. It allows the county to create the job of hearing examiner and hire one to begin relieving the four-month backlog of land-use cases. Sheila Tolliver, council secretary, said a staff member will be assigned to draft a proposal and the council members must propose rules, pay scales and other conditions for the job as well as decide whether the officer will hear only routine cases.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 14, 2002
Howard County's first Board of Appeals hearing examiner is Thomas P. Carbo, an assistant county solicitor who plans to resign next month to begin a private practice in Carroll County. Carbo, 43, a county lawyer since 1989, was chosen from among 21 applicants, according to Howard County Council secretary Sheila Tolliver. Carbo's first case as hearing examiner is scheduled for May 20. Howard County created a hearing examiner position to more quickly address conditional use, zoning variances and administrative appeals cases and to reduce the backlog awaiting board action.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer | September 2, 1993
Northeast High School's baseball coach says he wants an independent hearing examiner, not members of the Anne Arundel County school board who may be biased, to listen to his defense against allegations he sexually harassed another teacher at the school."
BUSINESS
By Kim Clark | May 20, 1991
When his predecessor left for a job in the private sector, O. Ray Bourland III was handed the task of deciding the biggest rate case in the state's history -- a decision that will affect the electric bills of all Baltimoreans as well as the financial health of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.In his new position as chief hearing examiner for the state's Public Service Commission, Mr. Bourland will decide who should pay approximately $450 million for BG&E's...
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF | March 24, 2004
The Howard County hearing examiner has granted owners of a Dayton farm permission to lease land to a landscape contracting business, despite opposition from the state agricultural land preservation program. "The county should not be issuing a permit that undermines state law," said Assistant Attorney General Craig A. Nielsen, the preservation program's counsel. He said he will review the decision to determine whether to appeal. Mike, Mark and Steve Mullinix are third-generation farmers who sold the development rights for their 202-acre property to the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation in 1983 as part of an effort to conserve farmland throughout the state.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF | June 5, 2003
The Howard County hearing examiner has denied an application to build another gas station on U.S. 1 in the heart of what county planners hope will become a pedestrian-oriented district in North Laurel. Developers Mel-Brook LLC and Eastern Petroleum Corp. sought permission from the county to build a gas station with a carwash, a convenience store and a carryout food market in the median of U.S. 1. Current commercial zoning there allows service stations with authorization from the county.
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Letter to The Aegis | October 3, 2013
The following comments were included in a more lengthy presentation to the Harford County Council on Tuesday. A copy was provided for publication. On Sept. 17 the Harford County Council acting as the Board of Appeals ratified and adopted the Hearing Examiner's Decision for Case 5781 for a special development to permit a planned residential development for the construction of 198 apartment units at Plumtree and Route 24. I was disappointed with this decision and have questions about the decision and concerns how the hearing was conducted for final arguments on Sept.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2011
The Howard County Council is considering a move to eliminate a widely used approach to challenging decisions on land use, building permits and other matters, a step some activists say sharply curtails the public's right of appeal. At issue is whether people challenging decisions made by the county hearing examiner can get a second full hearing before the Board of Appeals, or whether that panel will only be able to review what the examiner did. The hearing examiner's position has been in place for a decade, as an intermediate step to challenge administrative decisions.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2010
A Woodbine couple won zoning approval to hold outdoor social events and run an antiques store on a small part of their historic Harwood Farm, but angry neighbors plan to appeal, contending that the activities would ruin their rural ambiance. County hearing examiner Michele L. LeFaivre issued a 43-page decision approving a conditional use for a 10-acre portion of Robert and Maxine Walker's 146-acre horse farm on Jennings Chapel Road, despite the testimony of 17 opposition witnesses.
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By Larry Carson | June 21, 2009
Developers hoping to build a Walgreens pharmacy off Route 175 at Thunder Hill Road in Columbia won approval for their plan from a county hearing examiner Tuesday. The 25-page decision reversed an April rejection of the plan by the county Planning Board. Michele L. LeFaivre, the hearing examiner, ruled that the State Highway Administration and county traffic and planning officials showed convincingly that access to the site, where a former bank building has sat empty for years, would be safe.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | May 17, 2009
A proposal to build a two-story church on a small residential parcel along U.S. 40 in western Ellicott City is stirring hostility among nearby residents, who are angry at having to fight a new battle in what they see as a continuing war to keep more dense projects at bay. Friends of Font Hill formed in 2003 to oppose Kimberly Homes' plans to build 30 townhouses for seniors in their area of older detached homes. The group won the fight, and 10 detached homes were built instead. In 2006, members also defeated the Howard County Housing Commission's plans to build a four-story, moderate-income apartment complex on a 2.5-acre commercially zoned site in the same area.
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By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN | October 14, 2008
John R. Bashaar Sr., a hearing examiner for the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation who had worked for nearly three decades as a lawyer in Baltimore County, died Oct. 5 of cardiac arrhythmia at his Towson home. He was 65. Mr. Bashaar was born at Fort Benning, Ga., and was raised in Zelienople, Pa. He was a 1961 graduate of Freedom High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Columbia University in 1965 and a master's in business in 1967, also from Columbia.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | July 31, 2008
A lawyer representing opponents of the proposed Wegmans store in Columbia is vowing to take the case to Maryland's highest courts and perhaps to federal court despite another setback this week. Meanwhile, Wegmans is preparing to move forward with the project despite the legal appeals, said Stephen Leaty, the grocery chain's project manager. "It really is an internal scheduling thing. We're anxious to get going on this," he said, but months of internal planning and preparations are required.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 25, 2003
The Howard County hearing examiner has approved a hotly contested proposal to build 30 townhouses for "active adults" in a neighborhood of single-family homes in Ellicott City. Developers of Kimberly Homes Ellicott Properties LLC sought county permission to build age-restricted housing, which allows up to five units an acre on the nearly 7-acre property near Centennial Lane. The area is zoned for about two houses an acre. Community residents formed a group called the Friends of Font Hill to oppose the project, fearing increased traffic and the negative effect that townhouses might have on their property values.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | July 31, 2008
A lawyer representing opponents of the proposed Wegmans store in Columbia is vowing to take the case to Maryland's highest courts and perhaps to federal court despite another setback this week. Meanwhile, Wegmans is preparing to move forward with the project despite the legal appeals, said Stephen Leaty, the grocery chain's project manager. "It really is an internal scheduling thing. We're anxious to get going on this," he said, but months of internal planning and preparations are required.
NEWS
March 16, 2008
Baltimore City Public schools System pays two who alleged bias The Baltimore school system has paid $123,000 to two former employees who had alleged racial discrimination, according to the Baltimore Community Relations Commission. The former employees are James Kidd Jr. and Adrienne Brown, said Susan P. Randall, a spokeswoman for the commission. Kidd and Brown, who are African-American, alleged that the school system discriminated against them and then laid them off in retaliation after they complained internally about their treatment, according to a news release.
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