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October 6, 1993
Powers Home Builders has changed engineering companies for its Hawk Ridge Farm development in Sykesville.MRA, a Towson engineering company, will resubmit concept plans for four proposed new sections off Obrecht Road at the north end of town.The development, which will have several hundred homes at completion, has had grading and sediment control problems for about six months."The new engineers will be meeting with the town planning commission in November," said Town Manager James L. Schumacher.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Reporter | November 4, 2007
Amid a thorny, three-part question on downtown revitalization at the Bel Air commissioner candidates forum, a dog's bark broke the tension. The responding candidate paused briefly, made a joke about the pooch and launched into his answer. "In 10 years as a police spokesman doing live interviews, I learned to go with the flow," said Edward Hopkins III, one of seven candidates vying for the three available seats on the commission. The hefty chocolate Lab at the back of the room belonged to Commissioner David E. Carey, who is not running this year.
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March 14, 1997
Sykesville Councilman Garth Adams will not run for a second term in May.Adams, 37, who was elected in 1993, said a recent job promotion entails more time and responsibility. The father of three also serves as an elder at Springfield Presbyterian Church and is involved in Boy Scouts."My wife and I both work full-time jobs, and there are only so many hours in the day," he said.L Carolynne Adams is a member of the town planning commission.The councilman said he was not ruling out political office in the future and plans to remain a member of the budget committee.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,Sun reporter | August 12, 2007
HEBRON -- This rural crossroads is not the place Tammi Knight knew growing up. The little town of white clapboard houses has drawn newcomers who travel to jobs in Salisbury or farther. Now, with developers calling, an even bigger wave of change that is buffeting much of the Eastern Shore threatens to land at her doorstep. Waiting tables or cooking on the breakfast shift at the Hebron Family Restaurant, Knight hears all the chatter about shriveled corn and blistering summer temperatures.
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By Staff Report | November 11, 1993
Sykesville drivers are slowing down as they go through town and are avoiding speeding tickets, Police Chief Wallace P. "Mitch" Mitchell told the Town Council Monday night."
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | March 1, 1994
Sykesville officials said last night that they will consult the town attorney before they take action on a bond reduction request from the developer of Hawk Ridge Farm.The developer, Powers Homes, is asking the town to reduce its bond from $400,000 to $93,000 for Section III of the development, which eventually will contain several hundred homes.Town Manager James L. Schumacher said the town would not reduce the bond below $120,000."Normal policy says we don't have to take action immediately on the request," Mr. Schumacher said.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | March 8, 2000
Two of three incumbent councilmen say they'll be on the ballot May 1, when Mount Airy holds its municipal election for three Town Council seats. However, the hours for voting will be shortened, the council decided Monday night. The new times will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Previously, voting began at 9 a.m., but Mayor Gerald R. Johnson said little demand existed during the first two hours. A meeting is scheduled at 7: 30 p.m. Monday at Mount Airy Town Hall to allow candidates to place their names in nomination.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | May 10, 1995
New Windsor voters returned two incumbents to the Town Council and added one new face to the panel yesterday.More than 50 percent of the town's 395 registered voters re-elected Ronnie Blacksten and Terry Petry, and gave the third seat to Paul G. Garver.Mr. Blacksten, who was appointed to the council in 1992, won his first election with 168 votes, the most of the five candidates."It's a vote of confidence," said Mr. Blacksten, who chairs the police committee. "The town is pleased with the direction we are headed in."
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | September 23, 2003
The Union Bridge Town Council approved last night the annexation of a farm where a developer plans to build hundreds of homes. The 3-1 vote to annex the 126-acre parcel northwest of the town could mean construction beginning as early as next summer on the first homes to be built there in decades. The project, with another planned development, could triple the inhabitants of the 1,100-population town near the Carroll-Frederick county line. The council vote followed a brief discussion in which Union Bridge Mayor Bret D. Grossnickle said the town could cancel the agreement if the water supply were adversely effected.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | July 7, 1994
A failure to communicate could prevent construction of a 24-hour comfort station in Sykesville.Exasperated with the town Planning Commission, Allen B. Gillis said that he is scrapping his plans to build public restrooms at his service station along Route 32 at Sandosky Road."
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 24, 2005
Sykesville's mayor is running unopposed for a fourth term on a ballot with five council candidates vying for three available seats. With no pressing issues or referendums for the more than 2,200 registered voters to decide, officials are predicting a low turnout May 3 in the town of 4,500. "This election may lend itself to the conclusion that people here are satisfied with the job we are doing and the progress we are making to improve the quality of life," said Mayor Jonathan S. Herman, 52. Herman, a restoration contractor who served on the town planning commission and council before being elected mayor 10 years ago, said, "I have managed to evolve into the position until it has become a part of my life.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | September 23, 2003
The Union Bridge Town Council approved last night the annexation of a farm where a developer plans to build hundreds of homes. The 3-1 vote to annex the 126-acre parcel northwest of the town could mean construction beginning as early as next summer on the first homes to be built there in decades. The project, with another planned development, could triple the inhabitants of the 1,100-population town near the Carroll-Frederick county line. The council vote followed a brief discussion in which Union Bridge Mayor Bret D. Grossnickle said the town could cancel the agreement if the water supply were adversely effected.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | September 23, 2003
The Union Bridge Town Council approved last night the annexation of a farm where a developer plans to build hundreds of homes. The 3-1 vote to annex the 126-acre parcel northwest of the town could mean construction beginning as early as next summer on the first homes to be built there in decades. The project, with another planned development, could triple the inhabitants of the 1,100-population town near the Carroll-Frederick county line. The council vote followed a brief discussion in which Union Bridge Mayor Bret D. Grossnickle said the town could cancel the agreement if the water supply were adversely effected.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | August 4, 2003
Union Bridge, population 1,100. For now. The number of people who call the western Carroll County town home has hardly deviated for the better part of a century. But two proposed housing developments could change that - perhaps causing the town's population to triple. And while many throughout Carroll County have demanded that steps be taken to slow growth - leading the county commissioners to impose a freeze on a significant portion of residential development - folks in Union Bridge seem to be more curious than anxious about the prospect of 700 new homes within town limits.
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By Debra Taylor Young and Debra Taylor Young,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 2, 2002
AS SYKESVILLE'S town manager, Matthew "Matt" Candland is involved in many long-term projects. But sometimes the job brings problems that demand immediate attention. For example, Candland was at work at 5 a.m. Friday, collecting recyclable trash because two of the town's six public works employees were out for the day. "It's not the most glamorous job in the world. But it has to be done," he said. "I really appreciate what they do after spending a morning helping out." Candland, who has been manager of the town for the past seven years, is responsible for day-to-day operations, which include overseeing the functions of the Police Department and Department of Public Works, which together have 14 employees.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 30, 2001
With 10 candidates vying for four Town Council seats and two others running for mayor, Sykesville offers voters the longest ballot among the seven Carroll municipalities with elections next month. Every candidate agrees on one aspect of the campaign that culminates at the polls tomorrow: The numbers show civic responsibility is on the rise in the South Carroll town of 4,200. The most critical issue, incumbents said, is their continuing on the six-member council so that several projects reach fruition.
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By Daniel P. Clemens Jr. and Daniel P. Clemens Jr.,Staff writer | October 31, 1990
MOUNT AIRY - The developer's bulldozer could pose less of a threat to streams, woodlands and other natural features if a zoning ordinance change proposed Monday becomes reality.The town planning commission approved a zoning amendment that would allow developers to build housing units in greater density in exchange for leaving natural features on a parcel undisturbed. The measure now goes to the town council, which will make the final decision."We have gone through many, many gyrations and many machinations on this," commission chairman Fred Goundry said.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | May 9, 1995
Two incumbents and three newcomers to town politics are vying for three council seats in New Windsor today.Terry Petry, running for a third four-year term, and Ronnie Blacksten, seeking a second term, are being challenged by J. Edward Green, Kevin G. Null and Paul G. Garver.Longtime Councilman D. Kenneth Grimes decided against a sixth campaign and announced his retirement last month.The five candidates have campaigned with fliers, phone calls and door-to-door visits to get a sense of what the 395 registered voters in the county's smallest town want.
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By MIKE BURNS | November 26, 2000
MOUNT AIRY has long been of two minds, at least. Split between Carroll and Frederick counties, and within a mile of Howard and Montgomery counties, the town has good reason for its cosmopolitan outlook. But therein lies the basis for a conflicted view of its future: Stay a small town, or build it and let them come. The municipality has struggled in its decisions as a new exurban bedroom community. Finally bursting at the seams from rapid population growth and subdivision expansion, the community this month called a timeout.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | September 25, 2000
Hoping to involve residents in a comprehensive plan to guide growth in Sykesville, town officials have invited a national expert in land use and preservation to lead a public hearing tonight. Ed McMahon, director of land-use programs for the Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit organization based in Arlington, Va., will speak on preserving community character at 7 p.m. in the Sykesville Middle School cafeteria. "I will show the relationship between conservation and economic development," McMahon said.
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