County rejects bypass proposals for New Market

Gazette
Chris Brown
01/31/2008
The Frederick Board of County Commissioners on Monday removed from plans several proposed roads that would bypass the Town of New Market, citing the lack of money. Commissioner John ''Lennie" Thompson Jr. (R) was the most stringent critic of the proposed roads, saying that without money, the roads were nothing more than ''words or lines on a map," and were not enough to build a bypass. The plan for a northern bypass from Boyers Mill Road and Summerfield was removed by a 3-2 vote. Thompson said that this would not prevent the construction of a bypass at some point, but there would need to be money first. "There's no money, there's not going to be a bypass," Thompson said.

Decision on trash to come next year

Gazette
Sherry Greenfield
12/06/2007
Frederick County commissioners said Tuesday that before their terms end in 2010, they will make a decision about whether the county should build a trash incinerator."Absolutely it will be made in my term," Commissioner David P. Gray (R) said during a press conference Tuesday. Gray became convinced that the answer to the county's trash problems is an incinerator, after he spent a week in Europe touring incinerator plants in seven countries. On Tuesday, commissioners outlined their accomplishments during the last year, along with the issues they plan to tackle in 2008. Deciding whether to build a trash incinerator is high on their list.

Waste not?

Frederick News Post
10/03/2007
Mike Marschner, director of Frederick County's Utilities and Solid Waste Management Division, would like the Frederick County Commissioners to make some decisions. The decisions he's calling for will be some of the more momentous ones this board makes during its tenure, as they will affect how the county handles its massive volumes of solid waste well into the future. In a recent story in The Frederick News-Post, Marschner acknowledges that these decisions will be tough ones, but he also says they "need to happen in the next couple of months because we need to be given some direction." To help the commissioners in their decision-making process, Marschner is scheduled to give a lengthy and comprehensive presentation to the board on Oct. 22. That presentation will be his vision of how the county should proceed in addressing the solid waste it generates. According to the News-Post story, Marschner anticipates that his proposal will be a multifaceted one. Among the things he is expected to recommend are enhanced recycling efforts, waste-prevention programs, and the construction of a waste-to-energy (WTE) plant -- an incinerator that generates electricity from the trash it burns. Proposals for a local waste-to-energy plant have been met with a significant amount of resistance from some private citizens, as well as environmental groups. They have presented an array of arguments against such a plant, including its initial and operating costs, as well as its potential environmental impact.

Gardner announces run for third term on board

Former Commission President David Gray to announce his bid Monday
Gazette
Sherry Greenfield
06/29/2006
The questions, assumptions and predictions are over — Commissioner Jan H. Gardner (D) announced Wednesday she will run for re-election. Standing on the steps of Winchester Hall with her husband, Gardner, 49, thrilled the crowd when she announced her intentions. "...I am hopeful the electorate will create a bit of change, will choose a board of commissioners that will be kinder and gentler, a board that will be more responsive to citizen input and the desires of the community,” Gardner said. ‘‘I believe the community needs experienced leadership, caring leadership, a voice of reason, balance, progressive thinking. I think we need to empower people to do good things. So I have decided to run for re-election.”

Commissioners debate impact of development

Frederick News Post
Clifford Cumber
01/27/2007
Commissioners expressed concerns this week over the environmental impact a massive development in Lake Linganore could have for a wooded area in the region. More than 4,000 homes are planned by Virginia-based Land Stewards LC, in the Lake Linganore area. Commissioner David Gray's fears over clear cutting and other development actions may lead him to make efforts to kill the Land Stewards project if he isn't satisfied the developer is taking care of environmental concerns. Steep slopes and forest characterize some of the properties where Land Stewards plan to build. "If it doesn't look like it's going to be something special for the county here, I'll do everything I can do to stop it. Period," Gray said. "Whatever I can pull off. Because I don't want to leave this place a mess. Its purely that simple."

GOP hopefuls debate in forum

Frederick News Post
Clifford Cumber
09/02/2006
In the closest thing to a real debate in this campaign season, Republican candidates took the stage Thursday in front of a GOP audience.Republicans are crowding the field leading up to the Sept. 12 primary; the forum, held by the Republican Women of greater Frederick, was a rare chance for GOP candidates to reach out to their base. The format allowed candidates to respond to points made by others, or expound on questions. Candidates for Frederick County State's Attorney had their moment, as did four GOP candidates for sheriff. One of the most contested GOP primaries is between 14 Republicans to be one of five who will go to the general election to compete for seats on the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Mike Cady and former Commissioners President David Gray disagreed over the number of houses allowed by the present board of county commissioners through rezoning. Mr. Cady has been upbeat in his campaign, touting the achievements of his four years in office to counter what he said are the efforts of some candidates to frighten voters. "Don't be scared into voting for a no-growth, anti-business slate," he warned. Reiterating a point he's made several times, Mr. Cady said an average of 1,825 new homes a year had been built during his term, 20 percent less than the previous board, presided over by Mr. Gray. That fact defied the "pro-growth" label commonly attached to three of the sitting commissioners, Mr. Cady said.