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Two appointed to PenMar board

December 03, 2003|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday appointed two members to the PenMar Development Corp.'s board of directors, bringing the number of people on the board to 10.

Five openings remain on the 15-member board.

Peggy Bushey and Mike Zampelli were appointed Tuesday, County Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell said. Their appointments are effective immediately.

PenMar was created by the state in 1997 to redevelop the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base in Cascade. The Army closed the base in 1998.

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Seven members of the PenMar board have resigned since September for reasons that include fighting among board members and disagreements over the direction redevelopment of the former base should take, some of those who resigned have said.

As of early Tuesday night, Wivell said Bushey and Zampelli did not know they had been appointed to the board.

Messages left at the homes of Bushey and Zampelli were not immediately returned Tuesday night.

Wivell said Zampelli was appointed because he applied for a spot on the board.

Bushey was appointed because she is a member of a county-created committee that is in discussions with a company interested in becoming the master developer of Fort Ritchie. She also serves on the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, Wivell said.

Wivell said the appointments will ensure the PenMar board will have a quorum at meetings. The board had been operating with eight members, which is just enough for a quorum.

Wivell said PenMar's planned Dec. 8 meeting was rescheduled, because at least one member would not be able to attend. As a result, the board would not have had enough members for a quorum.

The meeting will be held Dec. 15 and include the new members, Wivell said.

Del. Christopher B. Shank has said he might be interested in the local delegation having the authority to appoint some board members and including a state representative on the PenMar board.

He said he was concerned because, while the commissioners have the authority to appoint members, there's nothing in the state statute that created PenMar that gives the commissioners the authority to remove members.

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