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Monday, July 30, 2001

20010729 Standoff MSP Bill

Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff
Billing Statement

August 7, 2001
Bill To:

Lt. Colonel Bill Arrington
Maryland State Police
Chief - Field Operations Bureau
1201 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208

Date, description of Services:

July 29, 2001, 2:30 AM to 6:30 AM
For Services and Supplies in the matter of the Maryland State Police assisting the Westminster City Police during standoff incident.

Itemized Services Rendered:

Staffing Costs: $7,526.17

Many Police Officers, hours of service
Wee morning hours surcharge
Special English accent surcharge
Out of City limits surcharge

Westminster Fire Depart. Medic Services
Elected official oversight (Mayor's prayers)

Supplies : $2,948.66

Pepper spray
Other herbs and spices
Three bean bags @ $412.37
Bunker shield rental charge
Helicopter landing zone

We are always proud to serve.

God Bless you and the work that you do for our community.

Total: $10,474.83
No sales tax.
Interest at 21% APR for accounts over 15 days.
We accept Master Card and Visa

Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff
PO Box 124, Westminster, MD 21158

cc: Westminster Police Chief Joneckis
Westminster MSP Barrack Commander Terry Katz
Westminster City Council Public Safety Committee

Friday, July 27, 2001

20010727 MD Route 140 Improvement Study

MD Route 140 Improvement Study

July 27th, 2001

Labels: Westminster businesses, Westminster Profile, Westminster Planning and Zoning, Westminster Rte 140, History Westminster

City of Westminster Development History:

There are essentially two types of development evident in the City of Westminster: the traditional, more dense development found in the older parts of Westminster, and the suburban, less dense development located on the outskirts of the downtown area. These two types of development feature residential, commercial, and industrial land uses.

The older parts of Westminster, centered on the intersection of Main Street and Railroad Avenue and extending east and west parallel to Main Street, were developed primarily in a traditional grid pattern, with buildings located closer together and next to the street than in the more recently developed areas. In the traditional part of the City, residential and commercial land uses are located within close proximity, allowing for easy pedestrian travel. This more densely built, mixed development prevailed until the 1950s when Maryland Route 140 was completed as a bypass for Main Street, along the northern and eastern sides of the City.

The construction of Maryland Route 140 made it feasible to develop land on the outskirts of the City of Westminster. With the exception of some residential areas, this newer developed area is characterized by buildings located farther apart and set back from the curvilinear streets in order to efficiently accommodate automobile traffic. In most areas, residential uses are separated from commercial and industrial uses, further necessitating the need for automobile travel. Commercial uses in the Maryland Route 140 corridor include an enclosed shopping mall, large retail stores laid out in a strip fashion behind large parking lots, and franchise restaurants. The City’s prime industrial corridor focuses on the Air Business Center, located in the northern part of the City on Maryland Route 97, and contains a mix of business and industrial uses.

Vacant lands located within the City of Westminster are minimal. Vacant areas include several commercially zoned parcels located adjacent to Maryland Route 140, as well as two large residentially zoned properties at the intersections of Maryland Route 31 with Route 140, and Maryland Route 31 with Uniontown Road. Approximately 235 acres of vacant land are available for residential development and 125 acres for commercial uses. Another 190 acres of land in the MD 97(N) Corridor are available for industrial uses. Available residential land and housing units in Westminster provide the capacity for an additional 3,761 people; however, the population projections show an increase of 6,575 people by the year 2020. The difference in these two figures is 2,814 or approximately 1,125 households. Based on currently permitted zoning densities, an additional 270 acres of Urban Residential land would be required to accommodate the increase in Westminster’s population.

While a portion of the projected population could be accommodated through in-fill development and mixed use structures in the downtown area, the City of Westminster will also need to annex land that is appropriate for residential development in order to accommodate the remainder of the projected population.

City of Westminster Transportation Network:

The City of Westminster and the surrounding area are served by eight Maryland State Highways: Route 140 (Baltimore Boulevard), Route 97 North (Littlestown Pike), Route 97 South (Malcolm Drive and Washington Road), Route 27 (Westminster/Manchester Road, Railroad Avenue/Liberty Street and Ridge Road), Route 32 (Main Street and Sykesville Road), Route 31 (New Windsor Road), Route 832 (Old Taneytown Road), Route 526 (Pennsylvania Avenue), Route 852 North (Old Manchester Road), and Route 852 south (Old New Windsor Road). The City of Westminster and the surrounding area are served by two primary east-west corridors: Maryland Route 140 (Baltimore Boulevard and Taneytown Pike) and Maryland Route 32 (Main Street), as well as two primary north – south corridors; MD Route 97 and MD Route 27.

Maryland Route 97 North, classified by Carroll County as a principal arterial, connects Route 140 to Pennsylvania Route 97, serving Littlestown and Gettysburg and providing a connection to U.S. Route 15. The Maryland Route 97 (N) corridor immediately to the north of Maryland Route 140 is the site of prime industrial land in Westminster. The City’s most significant industrial parks as well as the Carroll County Airport are located on Route 97 North.

Maryland Route 97 (N) also serves as a primary commuter route, connecting residents of northern Carroll County and southern Pennsylvania with employment destinations in Westminster and points to the south and east. During morning and evening rush hours, the volume of pass-through commuter traffic chokes the roadway, making it difficult for employees and clients of the industrial parks to safely make turning movements. This also results in long queuing of vehicles at the signalized intersections.

Maryland Route 97 South, between Route 140 and Route 32, is classified as a principal arterial, while south of Route 32, Route 97 is an intermediate arterial. This road continues south through Carroll County and into Howard and Montgomery Counties, intersecting with the Washington, D.C. beltway (I-495) and continuing into Washington, D.C. as Georgia Avenue.

Maryland Route 140 is classified as a principal arterial under the Carroll County system of functional classification. Maryland Route 140 is a divided multi-lane highway with good vehicular access; however, there are some traffic congestion problems during peak hours due to numerous access points along the highway and traffic signals at the major intersections. Portions of Maryland Route 140 are located outside of the Westminster corporate limits, so any corridor planning would require the involvement of the City of Westminster, Carroll County government, and the State Highway Administration. Eastbound Route 140 provides access from Westminster to Interstate 795, which joins the Baltimore Beltway (I-695); to the west, Route 140 intersects with U.S. Route 15 in Emmitsburg. This route serves commercial and commuter traffic between Carroll County, Pennsylvania, and the Baltimore area via I-795 and I-695. East of the Westminster corporate limits, Route 140 is a four lane, divided highway, with twelve foot wide travel lanes and ten to twelve foot shoulders. The posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour to the east of the City. Within the Westminster area, the speed limit decreases to 45 miles per hour, while the roadway width increases to provide for right and left turn lanes at intersections. West of Route 31, the width of Route 140 decreases to between forty-four and forty-eight feet, providing two twelve foot travel lanes with ten to twelve foot paved shoulders. The speed limit increases to 55 miles per hour in this area.

Maryland Route 140 has the highest average daily traffic (ADT) of any roadway in Carroll County. The 47,650 ADT recorded in 1995 by the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) in the vicinity of the Center Street intersection makes this section of roadway comparable to ADT volumes recorded on parts of I-70 in Frederick County. In addition to its commercial character, the Route 140 corridor provides access to the Baltimore regional markets via connections to I-795 and I-695. Goods and materials shipped from Pennsylvania and Baltimore, as well as commuters traveling to places of employment, use this important transportation link. The traffic volume, diversity of trip purposes, and vehicle mix on Route 140 create congestion and safety problems.

City of Westminster Economic Profile:

The City of Westminster contains two distinct major retail areas: downtown Westminster and the commercial corridor located along Maryland Route 140. The Westminster portion of Route 140 functions in many ways as the core business area for much of Carroll County. Included in the Route 140 corridor are numerous shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities. The Maryland Route 140 corridor contains one large, enclosed shopping mall, a number of large “big box” retail stores, “in-line” or “strip” retail shopping centers, fast food restaurants, and offices. This area experiences significant commercial activity during both day and evening hours, including the weekends. The highest concentration of goods and services available to Carroll County residents is found along this highway. Demand is high for commercial land in the Maryland Route 140 corridor; however, there is very little undeveloped commercial land left in this corridor which is not impacted by steep slopes or other environmental and site constraints. Consequently, there has been a rapid increase in real estate values along certain segments of Maryland Route 140. As a result, commercial properties and rents in downtown Westminster are more affordable for small business owners, while major retailers and high traffic businesses continue to locate along Maryland Route 140. Many of the structures located in the Maryland Route 140 corridor have been built in the last 15 to 20 years and are in good condition, although some of the shopping centers have a dated appearance.

In addition to the commercial areas described above is the City’s primary industrial area, located along Maryland Route 97 in the vicinity of the Westminster Airport. This industrial area contains a mix of office space and manufacturing uses. The first industrial park, the Air Business Center, was developed by the County’s Industrial Development Authority and included advanced infrastructure such as fiber optic cable, with the purpose to promote employment for county residents in the form of research and development types of industries. There is a concern that this prime industrial area is being undermined by the number of retail and service-oriented businesses locating here due to a lack of vacant commercial land in the Westminster area. All of the structures in this industrial area were constructed recently, and development in the area is ongoing due to the emphasis on marketing the area. The County’s first buildings built on speculation of future users were constructed in the Maryland Route 97 industrial corridor.

The major employers in the City of Westminster in 1995 included Carroll County Government central offices (located on Center Street near MD Route 140), Western Maryland College (located on West Main Street and MD Route 140), Marada Industries (located on MD Route 97 North), and Carroll Lutheran Village (located west of MD Route 31).

Thursday, July 26, 2001

Westminster envisions creating arts district

Westminster envisions creating arts district

By: Megen Wessel, Times Staff Writer July 25, 2001

As the Carroll Arts Center project nears completion, Westminster officials hope to make the city more artist-friendly with possible help from newly passed legislation.

"The Carroll Arts Center is the first piece of the puzzle," said Westminster Councilman Damian Halstad, who broached the idea of an arts and entertainment district in Westminster during a City Council meeting earlier this month. "With that a reality, now would be a good time to start promoting the arts."

The legislation, signed in May by Gov. Parris N. Glendening, authorizes the secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development to designate one or more arts and entertainment districts within a county each year, a department spokeswoman said.

The measure, which the General Assembly passed on the last day of the session, followed a similar one in Providence, Rhode Island. The state law lets localities create arts and entertainment districts where a series of tax breaks apply.

In 1996, Providence Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr. proposed legislation that later passed and provided tax exemptions on personal income tax and sales-and-use tax for artists living in the Arts and Entertainment District in the Downcity Area of Providence.

Another piece of legislation passed that same year focused on tax incentives to property owners who convert buildings formerly used for industrial or commercial use into residential units.

In the roughly 10-block-square downtown Providence district, artists can receive income tax breaks, art purchases are exempt from sales tax, and developers who create spaces for artists to live and work can avoid paying property tax on the value of the improvements for 10 years.

Maryland's bill, sponsored in the Senate by Baltimore Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman, has some provisions that go beyond the Rhode Island law.

For instance, the Maryland legislation allows a local jurisdictioion to waive entertainment taxes in designated arts districts and expand a state economic development program so it can be used to fund arts-related projects.

The arts district concept has excited interest in many parts of the state, including Bowie, Hagerstown, Cumberland, Bethesda and smaller communities along the Prince George's County and Washington, D.C., line.

Although exact number of arts districts that can be created statewide in one year has yet to be determined, the law limits the number to six, said Karen Glenn, spokeswoman for the department of business and economic development.

Reach staff writer Megen Wessel at 410-751-5909 or mwessel at

20010725 Wster Envisions Arts District cct

Friday, July 20, 2001

20010719 Crabbers clamor at bake Salisbury Daily Times

Crabbers clamor at bake sdt

Wearing bright shirts, watermen object to new regs at political event

The Daily Times, Salisbury, Maryland

By Tess Hughes, Special To The Times

CRISFIELD — Watermen used one of the Lower Shore’s most popular political parties Wednesday to protest new crabbing regulations.

‘‘We’re having the best season we’ve had in 15 or 20 years,’’ said Jay Carman of the Chesapeake, Atlantic and Coastal Bays Watermen’s Coalition. ‘‘Science doesn’t back up the regulations.’’

About 30 coalition watermen wore bright orange shirts at Wednesday’s 25th annual J. Millard Tawes Crab & Clam Bake to protest the state regulations that limit crabbers to working 8-hour days, six days a week.

‘‘I encourage all the watermen to join the coalition,’’ Carman also said. ‘‘We’re going to stand up and fight against these regulations.’’

State officials say the crab population must be protected for future generations.

Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend acknowledged the industry faces some serious challenges.

‘‘I think its a tough situation,’’ she said. ‘‘I feel for those who make their living on the water. We’re doing our best to balance the needs of today with the needs of the future.’’

Organizers said more than 5,100 visitors braved the rain and humidity to attend the event.

‘‘We usually average 4,700 to 4,800 visitors,’’ said Valerie Mason, the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce’s executive director. She also said visitors were still arriving an hour and 20 minutes before closing.

State Del. Rudolph C. Cane, who annually attends the event, said this year’s bake was more organized than in past years.

‘‘It is always exciting for me,’’ he said. ‘‘I get to meet people from all over the state,’’

Maurice Yates, 8, who came from Baton Rouge, La., to visit his father, said he wanted to attend next year, too.

‘‘The crabs are good,’’ he said.

Audrey E. Scott, a candidate for governor in 2002, said the atmosphere at the bake was ‘‘politically charged.’’

‘‘And I am part of the electricity,’’ she said. ‘‘I give (coalition members) a lot of credit. They’ve joined forces to get what they want.’’


Wednesday, July 18, 2001

20010718 25th Annual J Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake

Caroline and I had the pleasure to attend this event this and had a great time...

25th Annual J Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake

Wednesday, July 18, 2001 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Somers Cove Marina Crisfield, Maryland

"All You Can Eat" Menu

Steamed Crabs

Fresh Fried Fish

Clams: Raw Bar, Steamed & Fried

French Fried Potatoes

Corn on the Cob

Onion Rings



$30 Donation - includes free mug and mallet!

This event is now recognized as one of Maryland's finest seafood festivals. Tickets are now on sale, and due to the tremendous response, ticket sales are limited to 5,000. With a purchase of 30 tickets or more, the Crisfield Area Chamber of Commerce will provide your business or organization with a hospitality space, for a fee. Spaces are limited, subject to first-come, first-served.

For further information contact:
Crisfield Area Chamber of Commerce ~ 410-968-2500 ~ 1-800-782-3913

Monday, July 09, 2001

20010709 McCain Feingold Poison pill for political parties

McCain Feingold Poison pill for political parties

July 9th, 2001

-----Original Message-----

From: Ellen Sauerbrey

Sent: Monday, July 09, 2001 9:12 PM

Subject: 20010709 McCain Feingold Poison pill for political parties

To Maryland political activists,

As you know, the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance "Reform" bill recently passed the Senate is now under consideration in the House. What you may not know is how horribly this measure will impact on the Republican party at the state and national level.

We are in a fight for our lives and I am calling on you to join me in contacting our Congressmen quickly, and vociferously urging them to oppose McCain-Feingold and instead to support the Ney bill which is far more acceptable.

I have attached an op-ed that I have submitted to The Sun that gives a full explanation of the issue, but let me briefly say that legislation that bans soft money from being shared with state political parties will decimate state political parties and leave in their place strengthened and unregulated special interest groups and the media.

"Soft money" is NOT inherently bad. In fact it is more accurately called non-federal money because it is not regulated by the Federal Election Commission.

It is used by state parties for overhead, voter registration, generic issue pieces, phone banks and get out the vote efforts.

Contrary to what you have heard, soft money is NOT unregulated. Just because it is not regulated by the Federal Election Commission does not mean that It is not regulated.

Every dollar is regulated by the law of the states in which it is spent. In addition, banning non campaign groups from running issue ads for two months prior to the election is a blatant infringement on the First Amendment.

Ellen Sauerbrey

McCain-Feingold- A Poison Pill for Political Parties

By Ellen Sauerbrey – Maryland Republican National Committeewoman

Our American political system is based on the ability of people with similar beliefs to band together in political parties to promote their political philosophy and support candidates of their choice.

Commenting on the effects of proposed campaign finance reform legislation, House Democrat Caucus Chairman Martin Frost observed “ The political parties would be neutered, and third-party groups would run the show”.

The McCain-Feingold bill, banning “soft money”, that has passed the Senate would indeed cripple political parties and leave special interest groups and the media as the major advocates of issues. If in place during the last election cycle, McCain-Feingold would have deprived the Democrat party of half of its funds and the Republican Party of one-third of the funds raised. However, special interest groups could still collect unlimited soft money from any source.

In campaign finance jargon, “Soft money” is evil money, or so we are told. Yet most people do not have the slightest idea what the term means.

Soft money is money raised and spent by political parties subject to state, not federal, election law. It is the money national parties transfer to state parties for non-federal purposes and share with state and local candidates. It is the money used for redistricting, overhead and issue debate by the state and national parties.

Soft money is voluntarily contributed, but it is disclosed and regulated. It is spent and recorded in accordance with state law.

Banning soft money will make illegal the money contributed by national parties to state party’s traditional voter registration, get out the vote, and absentee ballot programs whenever there is a federal candidate on the ballot. In the last election cycle the Republican National Committee sent $93 million “soft dollars” to state parties that helped fund 110 million get out the vote and generic issue pieces, 25 million absentee ballots, and 65 million generic phone calls.

Those who believe that strong political parties are the best defense against the influence of special interests, media moguls and self financed millionaire candidates, see the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill as a disaster that will cripple the two-party system and federalize most of campaign finance and issue discussion. In usurping the authority of states to regulate campaign expenditures, it essentially nationalizes state election law.

National political parties are not just parties of Congress and Senators but work with states to promote Governors and local candidates. In the 2000 election cycle, the Republican National Committee contributed $11 Million to State Legislative Races and $7 million to Governors; all regulated by state law.

As McCain-Feingold strangles political parties, drying up nearly half of their funds, other interest groups could still collect unlimited funds from any source – unregulated and unreported. Labor union activity estimated by a Rutgers study to have been valued at $300 million in 2000 cycle is unregulated and remains unregulated.

Of the $500 million spent on issue ads during the 2000 election cycle, 68% was spent by third party special interest groups – twice that of both political parties combined. Under a soft money ban, political parties will be muzzled leaving unregulated special interest groups and the media to control political discourse.

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has it right when he says, “In an effort to take money out of politics, we’ve taken parties out of politics.”

The Republican National Committee, made up of each state party chairman and the National Committeeman and Committeewoman from every state, has voted unanimously against the concepts in McCain-Feingold three times. Hopefully House members will join us in support of a true campaign reform measure that strengthens, not weakens, citizen involvement in their government.