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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2012
Smithsburg Town Council members on Tuesday approved three changes to the town's charter that deal with how the vice president of the council serves the town and how the town appoints and removes officials such as department heads. The changes basically reflect how the town has operated in those areas but add specific wording to the town's charter, Mayor Mildred “Mickey” Myers said. The town has an ad hoc charter committee, and this is one of the first areas in which the committee has proposed changes, Myers said.
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by TIFFANY ARNOLD | February 15, 2006
WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council will hold a town hearing March 13 to discuss whether to clarify a portion of the town's charter. The changes would more clearly explain the terms under which the council can dismiss a town clerk, town attorney Edward Kuczynski said. Kuczynski recommended that the council add the words "just cause" to the charter, "so that the new person who comes in knows that they just can't be fired. " The charter already requires a five-person council vote before the clerk can be dismissed, Kuczynski said.
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August 6, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer KEEDYSVILLE - Women's suffrage dates back to 1920 in the United States, but in Keedysville the town charter still reads like voting was for men only. Seventy-six years after women won the right to vote, the Keedysville charter still contains language saying "male citizens" will select a mayor and council members. The issue surfaced Monday night when Town Council members discussed revising local ordinances and making sure they follow the charter.
NEWS
May 8, 2002
KEEDYSVILLE - Keedysville's town charter requires residents to live in Keedysville for a minimum of six months in order to run for office, Town Clerk Amy Simmons said Tuesday. During Monday night's town meeting, Assistant Mayor Matt Hull said there was a question about whether newly elected Town Council member Jackie Stranathan had lived in the town long enough to be eligible. Stranathan has lived in town for a little less than a year. Simmons said the town charter cleared up the confusion Tuesday.
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by MARLO BARNHART | September 10, 2002
CLEAR SPRING - Prospective candidates for the vice mayor and one Town Council seat have until 9 p.m. Oct. 7 to file. Those seats currently are held by Vice Mayor/Sewer Commissioner Julie Albowicz and her husband, Bill Albowicz, who serves on council and is also water commissioner. Candidates for both positions must have resided in the town for at least two years immediately preceding the election and must be qualified voters of the town, according to the town charter. In 2000, the Albowiczes were elected to additional two-year terms.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | July 7, 2004
BOONSBORO - Now that the town of Boonsboro's election tie has been resolved, council members Richard Gross, 70, and William Tritapoe, 72, were sworn in Tuesday night. This will be Gross' sixth consecutive term as a councilman and Tritapoe's first term. Gross and Councilman Kevin Chambers each received 87 votes in the May 10 town election. In that balloting, Tritapoe won one of two open council seats with 88 votes, and an unopposed Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman won his fifth term as mayor.
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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | June 25, 2004
shappell@herald-mail.com The man who has been the virtual Cal Ripken Jr. of local government in Boonsboro continued his run as a Town Council member with his win in the town's runoff election Thursday. Richard Gross beat out longtime friend and running mate Kevin Chambers, a three-time council member, to win a four-year seat on the Boonsboro Town Council. Gross beat Chambers by 53 votes, 147-94, in the runoff election that broke a previous tie between the men. Gross and Chambers each received 87 votes in the May 10 town election.
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by TARA REILLY | April 15, 2004
tarar@herald-mail.com HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council on Wednesday voted to hold town elections in April rather than January, in the hope that more people will get out to vote in nicer weather. Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said the Town Council would have to change the town charter in order for the April elections to be held. "Is January a great time for people to come out and vote?" Murphy asked to begin the discussion at the Town Council's regular monthly meeting.
NEWS
By SCOTT BUTKI | April 13, 2000
The Hancock Town Council has begun the process of changing the town's election laws but the mayor said Thursday he has no plan to revive a proposal to increase the mayor's term of office to four years. The Town Council appeared split during its Wednesday night meeting on the question of extending the two-year term, and Mayor Daniel Murphy said he has no intention of breaking a tie on the change. "It was not a personal thing for me. I can take it or leave it," Murphy said Thursday.
NEWS
October 1, 2000
Time running out for Clear Spring filings CLEAR SPRING - With time running out at 9 tonight, only one of the two incumbents for vice mayor and one council seat has officially filed for re-election. Current vice mayor/sewer commissioner Julie Albowicz, 53, is seeking a new two-year term. During her current term, a major sewer line inspection/repair project was undertaken and completed. But her husband, former mayor and longtime council member Bill Albowicz, is feeling the pressure of an upcoming overhaul of the town's water supply and isn't planning to file for re-election.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2012
Smithsburg Town Council members on Tuesday approved three changes to the town's charter that deal with how the vice president of the council serves the town and how the town appoints and removes officials such as department heads. The changes basically reflect how the town has operated in those areas but add specific wording to the town's charter, Mayor Mildred “Mickey” Myers said. The town has an ad hoc charter committee, and this is one of the first areas in which the committee has proposed changes, Myers said.
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NEWS
November 16, 2007
Williamsport's welfare is the task at hand To the editor: Often, in the course of his official duties, an elected official must tolerate a great deal of unpleasantness: Snubs, insults and even threats from folks who disagree with a vote or a position. I know because as a Williamsport Town Council member, I have been on the receiving end of such behavior. I also know it comes with the job. Something else comes with the job as well and that is a duty to represent the people who elected me. I have a duty to spend their money wisely, to gather information and broadcast it to them and to ask questions and state the facts that are important to our town, even when other elected officials might find that behavior offensive.
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by TIFFANY ARNOLD | February 15, 2006
WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council will hold a town hearing March 13 to discuss whether to clarify a portion of the town's charter. The changes would more clearly explain the terms under which the council can dismiss a town clerk, town attorney Edward Kuczynski said. Kuczynski recommended that the council add the words "just cause" to the charter, "so that the new person who comes in knows that they just can't be fired. " The charter already requires a five-person council vote before the clerk can be dismissed, Kuczynski said.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 15, 2005
andrews@herald-mail.com WILLIAMSPORT - In a final move as mayor, John W. Slayman appointed James C. Kalbfleisch to an open Town Council seat Monday - drawing a rebuke from Slayman's election opponents. Slayman presided over his last town meeting after 20 years - believed to be the longest mayoral reign in Williamsport's history. But on an evening marked by salutes to Slayman, an incoming team of elected officials said Kalbfleisch was the wrong choice. Kalbfleisch, 59, is the vice president of quality assurance for Glessner Alarm and Communications in Hagerstown.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | July 7, 2004
BOONSBORO - Now that the town of Boonsboro's election tie has been resolved, council members Richard Gross, 70, and William Tritapoe, 72, were sworn in Tuesday night. This will be Gross' sixth consecutive term as a councilman and Tritapoe's first term. Gross and Councilman Kevin Chambers each received 87 votes in the May 10 town election. In that balloting, Tritapoe won one of two open council seats with 88 votes, and an unopposed Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman won his fifth term as mayor.
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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | June 25, 2004
shappell@herald-mail.com The man who has been the virtual Cal Ripken Jr. of local government in Boonsboro continued his run as a Town Council member with his win in the town's runoff election Thursday. Richard Gross beat out longtime friend and running mate Kevin Chambers, a three-time council member, to win a four-year seat on the Boonsboro Town Council. Gross beat Chambers by 53 votes, 147-94, in the runoff election that broke a previous tie between the men. Gross and Chambers each received 87 votes in the May 10 town election.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | May 13, 2004
scottb@herald-mail.com If a ballot recount scheduled for Tuesday does not resolve what Town Manager John Kendall believes is the first election tie in Boonsboro history, the town probably will hold its first run-off election, Kendall said Wednesday. Town Councilmen Richard Gross, 70, and Kevin Chambers, 43, have formally requested a recount after they both received 87 votes in the May 10 election, Kendall said. There were two council seats open. William Tritapoe received 89 votes to win a four-year term, and Gross and Chambers tied for the second spot.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | April 15, 2004
tarar@herald-mail.com HANCOCK - The Hancock Town Council on Wednesday voted to hold town elections in April rather than January, in the hope that more people will get out to vote in nicer weather. Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said the Town Council would have to change the town charter in order for the April elections to be held. "Is January a great time for people to come out and vote?" Murphy asked to begin the discussion at the Town Council's regular monthly meeting.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | October 10, 2003
marlob@herald-mail.com Three incumbents and two newcomers will be on the ballot for two Clear Spring Town Council seats and the office of mayor when voters go to the polls in November. Longtime Mayor Paul Hose Jr. filed for re-election, as did council members Gary L. Grove and Mason Mundey, according to Town Clerk Juanita Grimm. While only Hose, 56, filed for the mayoral position, write-in votes for other candidates are allowed for all open positions on Election Day. Grove, 55, is a correctional officer with the Maryland Division of Correction and Mundey, 68, is the former owner of Clear Spring Hardware.
NEWS
September 9, 2003
CLEAR SPRING - Residents interested in throwing their hats into the ring for the job of mayor or for two Town Council seats have until Monday, Oct. 6, at 9 p.m. to file their applications. Up for grabs this year are the two-year positions now held by Mayor Paul Hose Jr., and council members Gary Grove and Mason Mundey. Candidates for the positions must have resided in the town for at least two years immediately preceding the election and must be qualified voters of the town, according to the town charter.
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