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Thursday, December 11, 2003

20031209 Maria Tsigas: Westminster police chief Jeff Spaulding approved

20031209 Maria Tsigas: Westminster police chief Jeff Spaulding approved

Westminster police chief approved

by Maria Tsigas for the Carroll County Times

December 9, 2003

The Westminster City Council unanimously approved the confirmation of William J. "Jeff" Spaulding Monday as Westminster's new police chief.

Spaulding, a 30-year veteran of the Howard County Police Department, will be officially sworn in on Jan. 2. Maj. Dean Brewer, who has been acting chief for the past five months, will remain acting chief until then.

Spaulding was chosen from among nearly 70 applicants from all over the United States, according to the city.

The selection committee included Mayor Kevin Dayhoff, Council President Damian Halstad and council members Roy Chiavacci and Suzanne Albert, and several county law enforcement officials.

Chiavacci said during Monday evening's meeting that Spaulding's name just surfaced to the top from the beginning.

He was the right person at the right time for the city of Westminster, Chiavacci said.

Spaulding said he looked forward to coming to Westminster and working with the citizens, council, mayor and police department.

Spaulding has served as deputy chief in Howard County for the last six years. A Mount Airy resident, Spaulding is slated to replace Chief Roger Joneckis, who retired at the end of July.

Maria Tsigas for the
Carroll County Times

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

20031208 McDaniel College web site: Local leaders, political science students talk bioterrorism

20031208 McDaniel College web site: Local leaders, political science students talk bioterrorism

Local leaders, political science students talk bioterrorism

December 8, 2003

Consider this scenario: Pneumonic plague has hit Baltimore, and city leaders suspect bioterrorism.

Bracing for the disease to spread across county lines, the Westminster mayor convenes a team of advisers.

Tension runs high. Not only are Mayor Kevin Dayhoff and other local leaders asking difficult questions; this new team of advisers has never handled an emergency plan – never mind one for a bioterrorist attack.

They are McDaniel students in a political science class, "National Security in a Changing World."

And when the students met with local emergency responders Dec. 3 to lay out their strategy, their real-life counterparts were quick to complete their plans with advice – from critique to praise for the students' creativity.

As two groups of students presented their proposals to local leaders, they offered a range of ideas. They discussed aspects of their plans, from blocking main roads and screening entrants to quarantining people who had been exposed, offering treatment for patients at the former Lowe's building and area schools, and even shuttling the sick so they wouldn't create extra traffic on area roads.

"Mostly what we're trying to do is prevent the spread and go a little overboard," said Nate Getchell '05, acting as the health officer for one of the groups. "Offense is your best defense."

The students proposed developing hotlines for people seeking information and spreading the news via local TV and radio stations. One of the groups wanted to broadcast the hotline information from police cruisers.

"Has the mayor declared marshal law?" Dayhoff asked.

Without hesitation, Jon Fitzgerald '06, serving as the public information officer for his group, responded. "No, the mayor has not. Quite frankly, we are trying to remain as calm as possible."

Looking ahead, the students even tried to find solutions such as sending contaminated hospital materials to an incinerator in York, Pa., and storing dead bodies in refrigerators at a meatpacking plant.

"I think the identification of a temporary morgue is a great thing," said Mike Webster, director of Campus Safety. But be prepared, he told the students, for the liability issues after destroying a local business's reputation.

Dayhoff complimented the students on their plans, which they developed after interviewing their real-life counterparts and then grappling with the scenario, created by their instructor, Volker Franke, assistant professor of political science and international relations.

"Some of those things that you didn't get right … you didn't get it right with a lot of depth and a lot of thought and a lot of integrity, and that never bothers me," Dayhoff said.

In a real incident, Dayhoff said he would have declared marshal law – as he did during Hurricane Isabel – along with turning to the National Guard and Maryland Emergency Management Agency for extra support.

"You're going to be absolutely amazed at how much of your future roles will be absorbed with public health, safety, and welfare," Dayhoff told the students. "I wish I had taken this class when I was your age. I've just had to put it together over the years."

For Leon Checca '05, acting as public information officer for one of the groups gave him a glimpse into what he might like to do after college, possibly working for the National Security Agency.

"It was definitely really interesting," he said. "We didn't really think anything would happen in Westminster. We thought it would happen elsewhere."

But if it does happen in Westminster, Dayhoff may have a few extra advisers.

"There were no incorrect or wrong decisions. What's really important is that you planned," he said. "I would go into any emergency response with you all."

For more information, contact Rita Beyer, associate director of media relations, at 410-857-2294.

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20031209 City of Westminster Capital Improvements Program

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

20031209 City of Westminster Capital Improvements Program

20031209 City of Westminster Capital Improvements Program is best viewed on the New Bedford Herald:

City of Westminster Capital Improvements Program

Fund/Department: Office of Public Safety/Public Works

Account #: G12.6200

Type: Vehicle – Other

Project Name: Little Brother

ID/File #: 1984 - 17

Contact: Mayor Kevin Dayhoff or Air Marshall Steve Shatzer, Westminster Police Department Aviation Wing or Master Sergeant Thomas Beyard, Westminster Air National Guard.

Priority: Urgent

Date: December 9th, 2003

Description: Flir 2000-A Airborne Thermal Imaging System: It has come to our attention that a complete Flir 2000-A Airborne Thermal Imaging System with 1X and 4X Dual F.O.V. Optics has been available for purchase by the City of Westminster, for only $17,500.00. Sold new this unit was approximately $100,000.00. Of course, this new thermal imaging system is best operated on a helicopter – which will be put in the budget under a separate item.

Location: Key Street Lot

Justification: Homeland Defense

Other Remarks and Operating Considerations - A message to would-be Terrorists, Punks and Thugs. We understand how bored you are with the drab monotony of your everyday life. You hate the jobs we make you take to get money, and have nothing but contempt for us. It's obvious that you increasingly reject our morality, along with all restraint. You steal from us, lie to us, break our laws, mock our culture, and sabotage our technology.

We tolerate 'rebels" with all sorts of causes, but you laugh at us and mock us. What you seem to want is revelry without any cause at all. We recognize every "revolution" to make sure you and your friends won't break out of line everywhere at once, your only goal unlicensed pleasure. We're afraid you'd rather be burning banks, looting malls, crating havoc at City Hall or smashing computers than going to work - our demands are what really bring out the violence in you. This game has gone on long enough. Either you win or we will.

Sphere: Related Content


Kevin Dayhoff: Westminster Maryland Online

Sunday, December 07, 2003

20031205 Bush Derangement Syndrome by Charles Krauthammer

Bush Derangement Syndrome by Charles Krauthammer

Friday, December 5, 2003


Diane Rehm: ``Why do you think he (Bush) is suppressing that (Sept. 11) report?''

Howard Dean: ``I don't know. There are many theories about it. The most interesting theory that I've heard so far -- which is nothing more than a theory, it can't be proved -- is that he was warned ahead of time by the Saudis. Now who knows what the real situation is?''

``Diane Rehm Show,'' NPR, Dec. 1

It has been 25 years since I discovered a psychiatric syndrome (for the record: ``Secondary Mania,'' Archives of General Psychiatry, November 1978), and in the interim I haven't been looking for new ones. But it's time to don the white coat again. A plague is abroad in the land.

Bush Derangement Syndrome: the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency -- nay -- the very existence of George W. Bush.

Now, I cannot testify to Howard Dean's sanity before this campaign, but five terms as governor by a man with no visible tics and no history of involuntary confinement is pretty good evidence of a normal mental status. When he avers, however, that ``the most interesting'' theory as to why the president is ``suppressing'' the 9/11 report is that Bush knew about 9/11 in advance, it's time to check on thorazine supplies.


Read the entire article – it gets better… Bush Derangement Syndrome by Charles Krauthammer


Saturday, December 06, 2003

20031200 Westminster City Recreation Office: New Programs Since 1994

Westminster City Recreation Office: New Programs Since 1994

Photo caption: Westminster Recreation and Parks’ Ron Schroers

Westminster City Recreation

July 1994 – December 2003

Westminster City Recreation Office New Programs Since 1994

1. Westminster Family Center

2. Westminster Skate Park

3. Creation of full day Summer Camps

4. Creation of Dutterer’s Family Park

5. Upgrade 3 city parks

6. Creation of Mother Son Dances

7. Creation of Tea Parties and Fashion shows

8. Fallfest to new levels (midnight madness shopping, more money for nonprofits)

9. Flower and Jazz to new levels

10. Creation of Lock – Ins and all night parties for teens

11. Creation of Youth Leadership Carroll

12. Creation of Year Program Guide

13. Creation of Month of Sundays

14. Creation of Movie Nights

15. Summer Slam Car Show

16. 5k Walk Run

Activities office currently operates

1. Family Center

2. Skate Park

3. City Pool

4. Swim Team

5. Fallfest

6. Flower and Jazz Festival

7. Daddy Daughter Date

8. Swim Lessons

9. Music on Main Street

10. Outdoor Movie Nights

11. 3 on 3 Summer Basketball League

12. Summer Day Camp

13. Summer Tot Camp

14. Month of Sunday Concerts

15. Mother Son Dance

16. Veterans Day Service

17. Holiday Sports Camp

18. Mother Daughter Tea

19. Holiday Workshop

20. Holiday Luncheon

21. Retirement Parties

22. Annual Tree Lighting

23. Easter Egg Hunts

24. Annual Store Front Decorating (Mayors Cup)

Partnerships For Events and Activities

Human Service Programs Inc

Kiwanis Clubs of Westminster

Carroll County Recreation and Parks

Optimist Football & Cheering

Westminster Jaycees

Girls Jaycee Softball

Circle of Friends

Red Cross Blood Drives

Christian Home School Group

Konigsberg Tennis Tournament

Carroll County Tennis Association

Corbit’s Charge

Carroll County Health Department

Eric Byrd Day

Carroll County Arts Council

Carroll County Farm Museum

Heroin Action Coalition of Carroll County

Mrs. Maryland

Women’s Club of Westminster

The Arc of Carroll County

Greens Homeowners Association

Holiday House Tour

Junction Inc

Aging Grace

Cystic Fibrosis

West End Place

Four Square New Life Church

New Hope Fellowship

Core Service Agency

Westminster Speed and Sound

Mental Health Fair

Stand For Children

Carroll County Public Schools

Change Inc

St. Johns Catholic Church

Westminster Area Lacrosse

Charles Street Community

Timber Ridge Summer Playgroup

Carroll County Chamber of Commerce

Bands For Benefit

East Middle School

Carroll Hospice

Carroll County Public Library

The Rotary Club of Bonds Meadow

Downtown Promotions Committee

Carroll County Youth Service Bureau

Family and Children’s Services

Pray in the Park

Sunday in the Park

Estonian Partnership

Relay of Life

City Police Department

Recreation Office Accomplishment

Attorney Generals Award

Heath Department Award

Best Park Playground

Best Community Festival

Outstanding Recreation Professional Maryland Recreation and Parks

Silvia Canon Humanitarian Award

Creation of the first camp medical program

State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

The Recreation Office Has Represented The City Of Westminster In The Following

Skate Park Development: Manchester, Hampstead, Mt. Airy, Taneytown, Sykesville, Annapolis, Dallastown, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County,

Armory Development: Caroline County and City of Frederick

Maryland Municipal League: Speaking at annual convention, Treasure (Recreation and Parks Branch)

Maryland Recreation and Parks Association: State Convention, Strategic Planning

Community College of Baltimore: Chairman, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Advisory committee, Guest Speaker

Other Related Office Duties

Supervise 22 year round staff

Supervise 34 part time summer staff

Furnish capital and operating budgets

Manage over $1,000,000,00 operating and capital budget

Supervise 10 parks

Supervise 5 tot lots

Parks Board

Support Estonian Partnership Fundraising

Hiring and firring

Supervise rentals of Community Building, parks and pavilions

Manage Web Site

Marketing of Programs and Events

Prepare daily deposits

Future Plans

Already added to dates at Martins for additional dances.

More involvement with other communities in Westminster.

Over see all activities that are happing in Westminster.

Develop additional events on Main Street and Pennsylvania Ave.

Continue involvement with existing communities because of change in board members.

Continue to develop Open Space for the growing sports programs in Westminster.

Continue to monitor the value of each program and event offered to the public.

Friday, December 05, 2003

20030904 September 4th, 2003 Carroll County MML Quarterly Chapter Meeting Minutes

20030904 September 4th, 2003 Carroll County MML Quarterly Chapter Meeting Minutes - Dutch Corner Restaurant, 3154 Main Street, Manchester, Md.

Maryland Municipal League, Inc.

*Hampstead Mayor Haven Shoemaker President CC Chapter MML
1034 S. Carroll Street, Hampstead, Md. 21074 Telephone: (410) 239-7408
*New Windsor Mayor Sam Pierce Vice President CC Chapter MML
P. O. Box 609, New Windsor, Md. 21776 Telephone: (410) 635-6575
*Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff Secretary - Treasurer CC Chapter MML
P. O. Box 1245, Westminster, Md. 21158-1245 Telephone: (410) 857-4208

September 4th, 2003
Quarterly Chapter Meeting Minutes
Dutch Corner Restaurant, 3154 Main Street, Manchester, Md.
6:30 pm Social hour
7:00 pm Welcome – Manchester Mayor Chris D’Amario
Invocation - Manchester Councilmember Mary Minderlein
Introductions - MML Chapter President Haven Shoemaker
7:10-7:45 pm Dinner
7:45 pm Business Meeting

There were 24 in attendance:
Manchester: Mayor Chris D'Amario, Councilmembers Steve Bankert, Mary Minderlein and Dan Riley
Mt. Airy: Mayor James S. Holt, Councilmembers Peter Helt and David Pyatt.
New Windsor: Mayor Sam Pierce, Councilmembers Ed Palsgrove and Charlotte Hollenbeck.
Sykesville: Mayor Jonathan Herman, Councilmembers Jeannie Nichols and Debby Ellis and Town Manager Matt Candland
Taneytown: No representatives in attendance
Union Bridge: Mayor Bret Grossnickle
Westminster: Mayor Kevin Dayhoff, Councilman Robert Wack.
Hampstead: Mayor Haven Shoemaker, Councilmembers Wayne H. Thomas and Chris Nevin.

Carroll County: Carroll County Emergency Management Coordinator William Martin, Administrator of the Carroll County Office of Public Safety Buddy Redman.
Carroll County Municipal Liaison Frank Johnson
Maryland Municipal League Executive Director Scott Hancock and Liaison Candice Donoho

1. Treasurer's Report - Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff

The Treasurer’s report was given by Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff and accepted. The MML CC Chapter Treasury has a total of $3,062.07 in it at present – however, the balance, after the $2,000.00 in outstanding checks recently written for the MML CC Chapter Scholarship are cashed, will be $1,062.07 in the account.

2. Discussion of the future of the Annual MML Scholarship.

MML Executive Director Scott Hancock and MML Liaison Candice Donoho gave a presentation on the 12-year old MML Chapter Scholarship Program. The MML Board of Directors has recently re-directed funds that had helped to support the Chapter Scholarship Program, in order to support a new academic fellowship/intern scholarship program initiative, which will create a partnership with the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs and the MML.

The MML Board of Directors is encouraging individual MML Chapters to continue self-funded scholarship programs and to develop scholarship program criteria that best fit the needs and desires of our respective chapters.

In the past, the Carroll County MML Chapter has assessed the Carroll County member municipalities a total of $1,500 to add to the $1,000 annual contribution from the MML. We then distributed five scholarships of $500 each at the annual June joint Carroll County/Frederick County Chapter meeting in Mt. Airy.

After thoughtful discussion, it was agreed to continue our own self-funded scholarship program within the Carroll County Chapter.

It was moved by Sykesville Councilwoman Jeannie Nichols and seconded by Hampstead Councilman Chris Nevin to sponsor two $1,000 scholarships for Carroll County students who reside within the corporate boundaries of a Carroll County Municipality and to bill the eight municipalities for the $2,000. The motion passed unanimously.

The purpose of the scholarship is to increase public awareness of municipal government in Carroll County and to foster interest and research in municipal government, to recognize students who have demonstrated a commitment to public service, and to provide needed financial support for students pursuing studies leading to a career in government or public service.

Particulars as to how the MML Carroll County Chapter will adapt and implement the Scholarship Program will be discussed after the first of the year. Meanwhile, the Treasurer was directed to assess the eight municipalities pro-rata for the $2,000 for the scholarships.

Sykesville Councilwoman Jeannie Nichols will continue as Chair of the Carroll County MML Scholarship Committee. Anyone who would like to work on the Scholarship Committee should contact Councilwoman Nichols.

2. Presentation by Carroll County Emergency Management Coordinator William Martin and Administrator of the Carroll County Office of Public Safety Buddy Redman

Bill Martin and Buddy Redman gave a general overview of the Carroll County Emergency Operations Plan. They also discussed the GIS Enhanced Base Mapping Project and other issues involving our current 911 system. Bill Martin discussed his background in the fire service and emergency response and shared some insights as to his plans in his new position with the Carroll County Office of Public Safety. The report was followed by questions and answers.

3. COG Report

Sykesville Councilwoman Jeannie Nichols discussed that Emergency Services issues in Carroll County were comprehensively discussed and reviewed in the May 29, 2003 COG meeting. The meeting was well attended and everyone seemed to get a great deal of value out of the meeting. The next COG meeting will be held on September 18, 2003 at 7 PM.

4. Carroll County Commissioner Report - Frank Johnson, Municipal Liaison

Frank Johnson discussed various issues and gave a thorough overview of the many initiatives presently being undertaken by the Board of Commissioners. They included but were not limited to: State Roads and county transportation issues; billboards; the Commissioners upcoming Legislative Package which will include a Transfer Tax (growth paying for growth); the deferral process; adequacy standards; the growth task force - which will next meet on September 17, 2003. A question and answer period followed which included discussions of impact fees; schools and parks; senior citizen developments; fire and EMS service and roads and libraries.

5. MML Remarks - MML staff member Candace Donoho, MML Executive Director Scott Hancock

Scott Hancock extended regrets from MML President Mark Frazer who could not attend due to an unexpected commitment. This year's MML Theme under the leadership of President Frazer is Information Technology. The MML has hired a full time Information Technology expert. Every municipality now has a page available on the MML website for announcements.

Candace Donoho was recently given a significant and prestigious promotion to Carroll County MML Liaison. Candace Donoho discussed the recent municipal budget survey and the impacts of state budget cuts on municipalities state-wide. She also discussed the work of the MML Legislative Committee and the upcoming MML Fall Conference. This year's fall conference includes many more workshops and seminars than past fall conferences and attendance is expected to be the best ever. Washington DC Mayor Anthony Williams is the scheduled luncheon speaker.

6. Open discussion and Other Business

Buddy Redman asked that each municipality establish an emergency contact person.


The next meeting is in New Windsor on December 4th, 2003 at 6:30 p.m. for Social time; Dinner at 7:00 p.m.; Meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff,
MML CC Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

20031204 Class projects puts McDaniel students on the front lines of a biological attack by Jamie Schmidt for the Carroll County Times

20031204 Class projects puts McDaniel students on the front lines of a biological attack by Jamie Schmidt for the Carroll County Times

Class projects puts McDaniel students on the front lines of a biological attack

By Jamie Schmidt, Times Staff Writer

December 4th, 2003

Westminster city officials gathered and spent several hours discussing how to respond to a biological attack. The plan unrolled like a Tom Clancy novel, including road barriers, hotlines, shelters, press releases, volunteers and preparing a hospital for infected patients.

However, there was no real infectious outbreak, and the officials were actually McDaniel College political science students - although the real officials attended, to observe and question the students' research.

The students convened in a mock round table Wednesday night attended by Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff, Westminster fire company chief Kevin Utz and Larry Leitch, health officer at the county's Health Department, among others.

The students' teacher, Volker Franke, assistant professor of political science and international studies, said that one student came to him earlier Wednesday worried about presenting a plan to men and women who thought about emergency response for a living.

Franke consulted Dayhoff in designing the exercise.

"He gave me a list of people he told me he would want to hear from, and I assigned the roles of the responders to the students," he said.

Students then had to interview everyone to learn about the roles they would have to play. Howard "Buddy" Redman Jr., director of emergency management for the county, spoke to several students about his responsibilities managing manmade disasters and attacks.

"It is interesting to have others interested in what you do," Redman said. "I have been working in emergency management for 27 years, and for the first 25, we were there but people didn't think about us as much."

Student Farzin Farzad said that he gained an enormous admiration for Tom Beyard, Westminster's director of planning and public works, after learning about his responsibilities.

Franke said that he wanted the students to understand their roles before he gave them a pretend scenario: plague bacilli released during a sold-out performance at the Joseph Myerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.

During the roundtable, as students threw out plans, Dayhoff piped up that the students should consider recommending that the mayor declare marshal law.

"With the hurricane, I ordered everyone off the streets at 6," Dayhoff said. "If I did it for a hurricane, I'd sure as heck do it for this."

Utz piped up that he immediately wanted to know the names of every person who attended the symphony hall. Bob Cumberland, longtime Westminster volunteer fire company member, told students to remember the fire company's mutual aid agreements - that it was okay to ask for help.

"Let's look to Pennsylvania to assist," he said.

In the last 12 weeks, Franke's students discussed and studied the threats on the United States that developed over the past decade and examined changing global security requirements. Franke said that he was impressed how the students worked together in their culminating project for the semester.

"Preparing is hard," said student Danielle Goodnow. "You get a great amount of respect for what people do."


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