Citizens Report: County Commissioner Meeting – Jan 26, 2023
Here are the top 3 take-a-ways from the county commissioner meeting:
Rothstein Voted President – Thanks to Commissioners Gordon and Guerin’s commitment to transparency, the vote to establish president and vice president of the board of county commissioners was finally conducted as well as a resolution passed which will require a vote in December 2023. Oddly though, after Commissioner Rothstein stressed that the position was of no real consequence and mostly administrative, he awkwardly rushed the vote by seconding his own nomination as president and didn’t allow for any other nominations before the 3-2 vote in favor. Commissioner Kiler was confirmed as vice president with a 5-0 vote.
Community Debates Solar Moratorium – A motion to send the proposed moratorium on the Community Solar Facilities in the Counties Agricultural Zone to a public hearing passed after about 20 impassioned speakers both by phone and in person were given 3 minutes to present their arguments. Ultimately all five of the commissioners voted in favor of the public hearing giving the Department of Land and Resource Management, the Department of Planning, and county staff time to gather information and, if appropriate, to propose recommendations and policy changes. The entire ordinance can be viewed at the following link. https://www.carrollcountymd.gov/media/17590/agenda.pdf Informed Carroll county will be following this and will post when the public meeting is scheduled.
Priority Carroll – Commissioners Rothstein, Vigliotti and Kiler spoke about how they joined about 40 volunteers for the Point in Time Count of homeless individuals run by Carroll Counties Department of Citizen Services. The count must occur every year in order to receive federal funds for homelessness assistance. Commissioner Vigliotti commended the department and volunteers for their kindness and respect, calling them an “absolute blessing”.