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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 14, 2001
A meeting between Sykesville and Carroll leaders that could have led to a war of words over a delay the town is causing in the county's Piney Run Reservoir project instead was a cordial exchange yesterday in which the town outlined plans for a business center. What Mayor Jonathan S. Herman and Commissioner Donald I. Dell decided in a brief closed session before the meeting was not immediately apparent, but they defused tensions over Monday's Town Council vote to defer an easement the county needs to lay a pipeline to its planned $14 million water treatment plant at Piney Run Reservoir.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | February 9, 2003
Few things bother Frank Johnson more than whispered discontent that festers unaddressed. That's why the president of Mount Airy's town council confronted critics of his leadership style at a recent council meeting. Johnson told them that if they found him overbearing and didn't want to work with him anymore, he would resign on the spot as liaison to the town's planning board and as council president. One surprised fellow councilman said Johnson was reacting to a "slow down" request by offering to throw himself out of the car. But Johnson defended his style.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | August 3, 2001
Hampstead got its wish yesterday when the Carroll County commissioners agreed to let the town proceed with a plan that would see Old Hampstead Elementary School redeveloped into housing for low-income seniors. The decision brings a tentative end to the five-year debate between town and county over the fate of the vacant school, which is maintained by the county school board. "I was confident because this plan is what's best for everyone involved," said Hampstead Mayor Christopher M. Nevin, who has described the school as a potential pillar in the town's Main Street revitalization plans.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | February 2, 2003
ELKTON - In what is being called "a monumental breakthrough," government officials of eight Cecil County towns have agreed to work together and possibly come up with a plan that could result in a countywide water and sewage system. "This may not be a milestone for other counties, but it is a huge step for us," said Phyllis Kilby, a Cecil County commissioner. She said there has been a long history of the towns refusing to cooperate out of fear of losing control over water connections, a major source of revenue.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff writer | June 2, 1991
Town planning and zoning officials say the proposed annexation of 21.7 acres of agriculturally zoned land off Shiloh Road would set a harmful precedent by allowing denser development on land the county had set aside for farming.The four commission members delayed a decision Tuesday on whether to recommend the plan to the Town Council, which would make the decision. Members said they wanted additional details from county planners and the developer, such as the reason for a difference between town and county agricultural zones.
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Staff Writer | September 3, 1993
A committee should be appointed to improve coordination of planning between Mount Airy and Frederick County, town and county planners say.Such a committee, planners say, would identify any land in Frederick County that could be annexed to Mount Airy and would form policies for both jurisdictions to follow as development occurs on those parcels. The town straddles the Frederick-Carroll county border.The Mount Airy Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended that the Town Council appoint a committee to draw up an annexation agreement between the municipality and the county.
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By Jamie Manfuso and Jamie Manfuso,SUN STAFF | February 16, 2001
After years of frustrated attempts to find new occupants for the old Hampstead Elementary School, Hampstead and Carroll County officials are putting the renovation of the worn building on the fast track. Town and county officials plan to advertise for proposals to renovate the school by the end of the month and begin negotiations with a prospective developer within a few months. Many see the school's renovation as a key to downtown Hampstead's rebirth. "We'll try to find a developer who can find a good use for the school that preserves the facade and also provides some community benefits," said Hampstead Town Manager Ken Decker.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | January 30, 2002
A day after a cordial meeting between Sykesville and Carroll County's elected leaders, Commissioner Donald I. Dell brought the town and county's simmering feud to a boil. Town leaders had asked the commissioners Monday night for more information about proposed county projects and zoning changes before they occurred, a move that would require expanding the agreement that governs relations between Carroll's eight municipalities and the county. At the time, Dell said nothing. Turns out he was holding back.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1999
The county and town of Sykesville have not resolved differences on developing the Warfield Complex, a prized industrial parcel along Route 32.Officials refused to discuss specifics, but called the outlook positive."
NEWS
April 24, 1991
Robert Kolodziejski, a member of the town's Planning and Zoning Commission, has announced that he will run as a write-in candidate for council in the May 21 election.Kolodziejski, 38, a supervisor at Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Linthicum, Anne Arundel County, will be challenging Councilman John A. Riley and political newcomer Joseph S.Gayer.The two previously were unchallenged for the two seats."I have nothing against the incumbent, but let's give it back to the peopleand let them decide who they want to oversee government of the town," said Kolodziejski, adding he was encouraged to join the race after the filing deadline by friends, family members and town officials.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | January 26, 2003
Since she left the commissioners' office in Carroll County nearly two months ago, Robin Bartlett Frazier has moved to Anne Arundel County and taken on the role of pastor's wife -- and she has found a new job in government. Frazier, who lost her bid for re-election in the September Republican primary, is working in Maryland's Office of Intergovernmental Relations as a $38,037-a-year liaison between the state and governments in Maryland's counties and towns. "I will be the eyes and ears for the governor, relaying information in both directions," said Frazier, who started the as-yet-untitled job Jan. 15, the day Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. was inaugurated.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | November 26, 2002
A Carroll County Circuit Court judge halted county plans yesterday to auction the old Hampstead Elementary School, leaving an opening for town leaders to pursue their development plans for the building. Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Robin Bartlett Frazier had ordered the auction, which was scheduled for this morning, but the 10-day restraining order takes the decision away from the two, who leave office Dec. 3. The three incoming commissioners have said they probably will defer to town leaders' desires and cancel the auction.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | November 24, 2002
The long battle between Carroll County commissioners and Hampstead's leaders over the fate of the town's old elementary school building will likely come to a head in the next few days. The commissioners plan to sell the former Hampstead Elementary School to the highest bidder Tuesday. But a judge could halt the planned auction at a hearing tomorrow, when town leaders will make a final plea for control of the property, which they call the centerpiece of their downtown revitalization efforts.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Mary Gail Hare and Brenda J. Buote and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | March 17, 2002
The mayors of Carroll's eight towns are bristling at the Board of County Commissioners' recent suggestion that the municipalities are responsible for the county's rapid residential growth - a contention that building permit records do not support. Nearly 1,400 single- and multi-family homes were built in Carroll County last year - about 400 more than the annual maximum goal of 1,000. Of those, town permit records show 519 were built within towns; the remaining 900 or so were built in unincorporated areas that are controlled by the county.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Mary Gail Hare and Brenda J. Buote and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | March 17, 2002
The mayors of Carroll's eight towns are bristling at the Board of County Commissioners' recent suggestion that the municipalities are responsible for the county's rapid residential growth - a contention that building permit records do not support. Nearly 1,400 single- and multi-family homes were built in Carroll County last year - about 400 more than the annual maximum goal of 1,000. Of those, town permit records show 519 were built within towns; the remaining 900 or so were built in unincorporated areas that are controlled by the county.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | January 30, 2002
A day after a cordial meeting between Sykesville and Carroll County's elected leaders, Commissioner Donald I. Dell brought the town and county's simmering feud to a boil. Town leaders had asked the commissioners Monday night for more information about proposed county projects and zoning changes before they occurred, a move that would require expanding the agreement that governs relations between Carroll's eight municipalities and the county. At the time, Dell said nothing. Turns out he was holding back.
NEWS
July 26, 1995
By agreeing to purchase the former Telemecanique Inc. plant for the Board of Education headquarters, the County Commissioners have undercut the effort to revitalize Westminster's downtown. This cavalier treatment of the county's largest town is just one more in a long series of slights and insults directed toward Carroll's incorporated towns. Ignoring the towns' welfare seems to have become the commissioners' standard operating procedure.The county commissioners apparently were oblivious to the economic consequences of removing about 200 education department employees from Westminster.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Mary Gail Hare and Brenda J. Buote and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | March 17, 2002
The mayors of Carroll's eight towns are bristling at the Board of County Commissioners' recent suggestion that the municipalities are responsible for the county's rapid residential growth - a contention that building permit records do not support. Nearly 1,400 single- and multi-family homes were built in Carroll County last year - about 400 more than the annual maximum goal of 1,000. Of those, town permit records show 519 were built within towns; the remaining 900 or so were built in unincorporated areas that are controlled by the county.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | August 3, 2001
Hampstead got its wish yesterday when the Carroll County commissioners agreed to let the town proceed with a plan that would see Old Hampstead Elementary School redeveloped into housing for low-income seniors. The decision brings a tentative end to the five-year debate between town and county over the fate of the vacant school, which is maintained by the county school board. "I was confident because this plan is what's best for everyone involved," said Hampstead Mayor Christopher M. Nevin, who has described the school as a potential pillar in the town's Main Street revitalization plans.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 14, 2001
A meeting between Sykesville and Carroll leaders that could have led to a war of words over a delay the town is causing in the county's Piney Run Reservoir project instead was a cordial exchange yesterday in which the town outlined plans for a business center. What Mayor Jonathan S. Herman and Commissioner Donald I. Dell decided in a brief closed session before the meeting was not immediately apparent, but they defused tensions over Monday's Town Council vote to defer an easement the county needs to lay a pipeline to its planned $14 million water treatment plant at Piney Run Reservoir.
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