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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | May 27, 1993
The Carroll commissioners yesterday named Richard J. Soisson director of the county Recreation and Parks Department, replacing John P. Little, whom they fired in March.Mr. Soisson, 48, of Finksburg, had been been acting director since then and assistant director since July 1991.His promotion is effective July 1, when he will receive a $4,524 pay raise, Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy said. Mr. Soisson's salary will be $47,346, the commissioner said. The raise will include a $1,000 increase all full-time county employees will receive July 1.The assistant director's job has been eliminated, said Micki Smith, deputy director of the Department of Administrative Services.
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By MARY GAIL HARE and MARY GAIL HARE,SUN REPORTER | January 1, 2006
Richard Soisson, whose name has been synonymous with recreation and parks in Carroll County for three decades, is retiring, after building much good will with state and county officials and thousands of volunteers. Soisson has overseen construction totaling millions of dollars in county parks and recreational projects. He has worked with volunteers to build programs and persistently, but gently, pushed officials for funds that would enhance the quality of life for county residents. He has helped build one of the few public firearms ranges in Maryland and convert an aging movie theater into a lively Arts Council headquarters.
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By MARY GAIL HARE and MARY GAIL HARE,SUN REPORTER | January 1, 2006
Richard Soisson, whose name has been synonymous with recreation and parks in Carroll County for three decades, is retiring, after building much good will with state and county officials and thousands of volunteers. Soisson has overseen construction totaling millions of dollars in county parks and recreational projects. He has worked with volunteers to build programs and persistently, but gently, pushed officials for funds that would enhance the quality of life for county residents. He has helped build one of the few public firearms ranges in Maryland and convert an aging movie theater into a lively Arts Council headquarters.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | January 28, 2005
Dwindling recreation funds, a shortage of gyms and increased participation in athletic programs throughout Carroll County are burdening recreation leagues, playing havoc with schedules and forcing teams to compete for space and fields. Recreation is one more area that could benefit from the county's proposed real estate transfer tax, officials said yesterday. The 1 percent levy, assessed at the time a property sale is settled, could add $7.5 million in revenue next year, officials said.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | June 25, 1997
A park for skateboarders may be in Carroll County's future.The County Commissioners told Recreation and Parks Director Richard J. Soisson yesterday "to continue to explore the possibility of creating a skate park," using state money.Soisson envisions a 10,000- to 12,000-square-foot asphalt park to serve the county's skateboarding population."Most places [in the county] don't allow skateboards or roller-blades," Soisson said. The demand for a skate park is so great that "if we had a nice, well-run facility, people throughout the county would come to it," he said.
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May 28, 1993
Money sought to build tennis courtsCounty Recreation and Parks Director Richard J. Soisson said he will ask the county commissioners to spend about $60,000 to build two more tennis courts at Francis Scott Key High School.Area residents have asked for more courts, he told the Recreation and Parks Board Wednesday night. The school has three courts, which students and residents use, he said.A few years ago, the commissioners agreed to spend $90,000 to build the additional courts, but the project was delayed when the fiscal crisis hit the county, Mr. Soisson said.
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Staff Writer | August 17, 1993
The Carroll commissioners yesterday agreed to pay $190,000 for a brick house and nearly two-acre lot that will provide living space for a Piney Run Park caretaker.Richard J. Soisson, director of the county Recreation and Parks Department, said the ranch house, built in 1969, and its 1.79 acre lot are surrounded by the county-owned park near Sykesville.The commissioners agreed to pay the appraised price of the property. The sale is contingent on the owner, Sylvia Coolahan, finding other housing, county officials said.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | January 14, 1994
The county Department of Recreation and Parks has found one advantage to the frigid temperatures gripping the region."We are reviving the county's good tradition of ice skating on community ponds," said Richard J. Soisson, department director, yesterday. "This year, the ice is thick enough and the temperatures are cold enough to allow ice skating."Skating is limited to Union Mills, Westminster and North Carroll community ponds and the shallow end of Piney Run Lake. County crews will check ice for thickness frequently at the four sites, which Mr. Soisson called the safest.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Reporter | May 3, 1994
The Carroll County Commissioners yesterday rejected a proposal that was intended to reduce the paperwork required from the county Department of Recreation and Parks for municipal Program Open Space grants.Richard J. Soisson, Recreation and Parks director, had proposed that the county should reimburse municipalities for 28 percent of their open space projects directly, rather than requiring them to submit plans to the state program.County officials distribute state Program Open Space money based on a formula that averages 28 percent for each project, Mr. Soisson said, and his department helps municipal officials complete a complex state application for each project.
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By From Staff Reports | February 4, 1994
If Carroll County gets a public shooting range, it won't be at Morgan Run, Richard J. Soisson, director of recreation and parks, told the county commissioners yesterday.State officials, in response to a letter from the Carroll County Sportsmen's Association, said that public outcry during the Morgan Run master plan hearings in July 1992 convinced them not to open a shooting range there, Mr. Soisson said.Torrey C. Brown, the Maryland secretary of natural resources, said in a letter to the sportsmen's association that noise, safety, cost and access concerns also influenced the decision.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | November 19, 2004
Carroll County officials, dismayed that a Sykesville park where the county has invested $2 million had made the state's list of expendable properties, said they would work with local legislators to make sure the park is preserved as a recreation area. The 137-acre Freedom Park, on the northwest edge of Patapsco Valley State Park, is one of dozens of parcels - the only one in Carroll County - that the state has deemed potential surplus. The cost of management exceeds the benefit of public use, state officials said.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | February 15, 2002
Carroll County's Hap Baker Firearms Facility will expand this summer, easing the delays of gun enthusiasts at the popular public shooting range near Westminster. With increasing demand for shooting space creating one- and two-hour waits, an extra building containing eight pistol lanes will be constructed at the county-owned range at the Northern Landfill. It should be completed by October. It has become a popular destination for Carroll gun enthusiasts, especially in the months leading to hunting season, said Richard Soisson, Carroll's deputy director for parks and recreation.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1997
The City of Westminster and Carroll County government are planning to convert two tennis courts on the city playground into a park for skateboard enthusiasts.The County Commissioners authorized county Parks and Recreation Department Director Richard Soisson to work with Westminster recreation officials to create the park. The City Council has not yet acted on the proposal, but the city parks board favors it.The authorization comes after four months of talks between Soisson and interested elected officials in several Carroll towns.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | June 25, 1997
A park for skateboarders may be in Carroll County's future.The County Commissioners told Recreation and Parks Director Richard J. Soisson yesterday "to continue to explore the possibility of creating a skate park," using state money.Soisson envisions a 10,000- to 12,000-square-foot asphalt park to serve the county's skateboarding population."Most places [in the county] don't allow skateboards or roller-blades," Soisson said. The demand for a skate park is so great that "if we had a nice, well-run facility, people throughout the county would come to it," he said.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | July 11, 1995
Among the more than 100 South Carroll residents who turned out for a public hearing last night on a proposed public shooting range, John Dugan knew his wasn't a popular sentiment."
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Reporter | May 3, 1994
The Carroll County Commissioners yesterday rejected a proposal that was intended to reduce the paperwork required from the county Department of Recreation and Parks for municipal Program Open Space grants.Richard J. Soisson, Recreation and Parks director, had proposed that the county should reimburse municipalities for 28 percent of their open space projects directly, rather than requiring them to submit plans to the state program.County officials distribute state Program Open Space money based on a formula that averages 28 percent for each project, Mr. Soisson said, and his department helps municipal officials complete a complex state application for each project.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1997
The City of Westminster and Carroll County government are planning to convert two tennis courts on the city playground into a park for skateboard enthusiasts.The County Commissioners authorized county Parks and Recreation Department Director Richard Soisson to work with Westminster recreation officials to create the park. The City Council has not yet acted on the proposal, but the city parks board favors it.The authorization comes after four months of talks between Soisson and interested elected officials in several Carroll towns.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | January 28, 2005
Dwindling recreation funds, a shortage of gyms and increased participation in athletic programs throughout Carroll County are burdening recreation leagues, playing havoc with schedules and forcing teams to compete for space and fields. Recreation is one more area that could benefit from the county's proposed real estate transfer tax, officials said yesterday. The 1 percent levy, assessed at the time a property sale is settled, could add $7.5 million in revenue next year, officials said.
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