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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2014
Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides has dismissed the city's longtime planning director. Though a press release issued from the mayor's office on Monday did not describe the nature of the departure of planning director Jon Arason, city spokeswoman Rhonda Wardlaw confirmed that Arason was let go. Arason started with the city in 1987 as chief of comprehensive planning. He became deputy director in 1989 and director in 1996. With Arason's departure, Sally Nash, the current chief of comprehensive planning, will serve as acting director.
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January 9, 2014
I need to reply to Adam Sachs' cyclists letter on Dec. 26, 2013. I fully agree with Mr. Sachs' letter and his strong support for better/safer biking Maryland. He rides his bike [with bike trailer] around much of Howard County and Columbia and is disturbed that much of the HoCo roads are not safe [treacherous, his words] to ride his bike. He asked bike folks to get more involved with the Howard County Transportation  Departments to get the Bike Master Plan passed and implemented.
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By Phyllis Brill and Phyllis Brill,Sun Staff Writer | November 13, 1994
William G. Carroll, Harford County planning director for two consecutive administrations, announced Wednesday that he will leave his post after eight years for a position with the Maryland Office of Planning in Baltimore."
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides dismissed the capital city's city manager on Wednesday, city officials confirmed. City manager Michael Mallinoff has been in his position since 2010, and previously served as director of the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs. He also was city manager for Newport in Rhode Island. With Mallinoff's departure, assistant city manager Virginia Burke will become acting city manager while a national search for a replacement is conducted, city officials said.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer | March 26, 1995
Edmund R. "Ned" Cueman, who led Carroll County's planning efforts through a quarter-century growth spurt, will retire as county planning director July 1.Mr. Cueman, 55, announced his retirement Friday as head of the county planning department, the local agency responsible for keeping development orderly, shepherding it into designated areas and preserving agricultural and environmentally sensitive areas.The job pays $69,200 annually.When Mr. Cueman arrived in 1971, Carroll had 69,000 residents and was untouched by suburban sprawl.
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By Phyllis Brill and Phyllis Brill,Sun Staff Writer | January 15, 1995
County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann appointed Arden C. Holdredge as director of the Department of Planning and Zoning Thursday and almost immediately drew criticism for her choice.Ms. Holdredge, who has been acting director for two months, replaces William G. Carroll, who resigned in November to join the Maryland Office of Planning in Baltimore.Ms. Holdredge, 43, joined the department as a planner in 1984. She became chief of development review in 1987 and chief of current planning in 1988.
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By Phillip McGowan and Phillip McGowan,Sun reporter | January 22, 2007
After conducting a nationwide search for a planning director, Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold has made acting director Lois Villemaire his choice to oversee the county's fast-paced growth. Villemaire, a 58-year-old Annapolis resident, takes over the department at a time of explosive growth, fueled by the 20,000 jobs expected to arrive at Fort Meade within the next four years. The base expansion is triggering billions of dollars in retail, office and residential construction across Anne Arundel - and putting pressure on the county to upgrade roads and other infrastructure.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff writer | March 1, 1992
Opponents of a proposed Ellicott City Wal-Mart want the county planning director to tell the Zoning Board in person why he doesn't like the idea, either.Planning Director Joseph W. Warren Jr. sent the Zoning Board a 25-page technical report recommending against rezoning 54 acres near U.S. 29 and U.S. 40 for retail rather than office use. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. wants the property rezoned so it can build a department store and members-only wholesale buying club.Simply having a report for the record is not enough, said Thomas M. Meachum, an attorney representing residents opposed to the project.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 3, 2002
The county commissioners have named Jeanne S. Joiner county planning director and Kimberly A. Millender county attorney. Joiner has served as acting director since the departure of planning director Steve Horn in August. Joiner began her career in Carroll in June 1974 as a planner. She worked her way up to planner III in December 1978 and became bureau chief of planning in January 1984. She resigned in June 1985 to raise her children. Joiner rejoined the Planning Department in June 1994 as a planner and again became bureau chief in March 1998.
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By John Murphy and John Murphy,SUN STAFF | May 20, 1999
Former Carroll Planning Director Philip J. Rovang, who resigned in February as part of a staff shake-up, has been hired as the planning director for Lake County, Ill.Rovang said yesterday that he will draw on his experiences guiding development in Carroll for 3 1/2 years to plan Lake County's fast-growth future.Lake County, population 600,000, is between Chicago and Milwaukee on Lake Michigan. It is expected to grow by 250,000 during the next 20 years, Rovang said.The challenge of the position will be to balance the needs of the county and its 52 municipalities, which contain more than 84 percent of the county's population, Rovang said.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2012
Members of Baltimore's historic preservation commission have been summoned to a closed-door meeting Monday at which, some preservationists say, the board members will be asked to oust the commission's director. Board members and preservationists say efforts are under way to remove Kathleen Kotarba, who has served for decades as the executive director of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. "We heard from multiple folks that the closed session was going to be to take a vote to fire Kathleen Kotarba," said Eli Pousson, field officer for Baltimore Heritage, a nonprofit group that closely monitors the commission.
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Editorial from The Record | June 6, 2012
When Stan Ruchlewicz was hired roughly two decades ago to be the head of the Havre de Grace Planning Department, it was at a time of transition for the city. It was clear he would have little difficulty getting along with the rest of the staff in the planning department because he would pretty much be it. At the time, the development of Bayview Estates was just getting under way, and the annexation of what is now Grace Harbour had survived a petition drive that sought to overturn that annexation and upend development plans.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2011
Mayoral challenger Otis Rolley visited the block where a 91-year-old woman was stabbed to death this week to charge that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake lacks a "real plan" to reduce crime. "Instead of providing leadership or proposing a real plan to make every neighborhood safer, she's running campaign commercials touting a drop in crime that began under another mayor," Rolley said Friday, outside Northeast Middle School. "She knows crime is too high, and she has no plan to make us safer.
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By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2011
Longtime real estate agent Glenn R. Barnes was thrilled when the Baltimore County Council authorized an improvement plan for Reisterstown's Main Street in late 2008. He thought that would bring streetscape enhancements and address persistent problems such as parking. However, his optimism and enthusiasm have faded in the wake of several meetings that he said have yielded few results. Now he's wondering about prospects for growth along the sluggish commercial corridor. "Everyone's been just waiting for something to happen, and basically we've just been having meetings," said Barnes, president of the Reisterstown Improvement Association.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2011
The city's plan to spend $2 million in slots revenue earmarked for Northwest Baltimore neighborhoods calls for a new seven-acre park, which would require the relocation of residents who live in blighted areas around Pimlico Race Course . At a public meeting Wednesday night, city and community leaders outlined ways to spend the first installment of state slots revenue set aside for the neighborhood around Pimlico. Under state law, the area gets a share of slots revenue, even though there is no casino planned there and the sole city slots site in South Baltimore has not been developed.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2011
Former city planning director Otis Rolley said he plans to formally file Wednesday as a candidate for mayor. "I know the next five months are going to be the toughest five months of my life, until I get elected, and then they'll all be tough," Rolley said Tuesday at his campaign headquarters in Hampden. Rolley's schedule is packed with community meetings, church visits, small gatherings at homes and fundraisers. He declined to say how much money he has raised, but said he was undaunted by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's substantial fundraising lead.
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By Sherrie Ruhl and Sherrie Ruhl,SUN STAFF | January 16, 1996
Because of a technicality in an earlier presentation, a development plan for Bel Air will be resubmitted tonight to the town commissioners -- a first step toward a vote -- and opponents are preparing to voice anew their objections.But opponents' fears that the plan would mean the widening of some roads are unfounded, and the source of another concern is a typographical error, according to Bel Air's planning director, Carol Deibel.The plan, which provides development guidelines for the next six years, must be resubmitted because the planning commission failed to attach a signed letter of endorsement in its first presentation, Mrs. Deibel said.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2011
In one corner of town, there was Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, throwing a cocktail party at the Hippodrome Theatre. And in the other, challenger Otis Rolley III was making his political debut arm-in-arm with Bill Cosby, who had come to town solely to support the former planning director in his bid for mayor. Just blocks away from each other, in equally opulent settings, the title-holder and a top contender went head-to-head Tuesday night in the first serious battle of cash and clout of the mayoral campaign.
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