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Carroll Commissioner Doug Howard says goodbye to Sykesville

Commissioner Doug Howard, R-District 5, said farewell to the town of Sykesville as his term comes to an end.
Commissioner Doug Howard, R-District 5, said farewell to the town of Sykesville as his term comes to an end. (Jennifer Turiano / Carroll County Times)

Commissioner Doug Howard, R-District 5, attended his last Sykesville mayor and Town Council meeting in his current position this week.

He took the opportunity to thank the Town of Sykesville for being a positive part of his eight-year tenure and welcome Commissioner-elect Ed Rothstein, R-District 5, before the town started moving through its agenda items.

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“I’ve got to say that as a former accountant, I can’t think of anything more exciting than sitting through the audit in all its great detail,” Howard said. “It’s amazing.

“I know you’ve got a long meeting,” he said, “I just wanted to take a moment — next week at this time, Commissioner-elect Rothstein will be sworn in, and I’ll be finishing up my eight years as commissioner.”

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After eight years serving on the Board of Carroll County Commissioners, Richard Rothschild’s tenure is up, and he took 20 minutes at Tuesday’s meeting to share his reflections on American government, God, and schools.

He said although there were disagreements at times, he felt that there was a “tremendous degree of congeniality” and through collaboration between the county and town, much had been accomplished — particularly with the Warfield development at the former Springfield Hospital site, a project that has been in the works since the mid-1990s and finally broke ground this summer.

“I was impressed with the work we did to get Warfield where it was,” Howard said, “but also other projects along the way. Through that process, although our folks did a lot to step up, it took a huge amount of trust and faith to take your rules and regulations and put them in the hands of someone else.

“I know you’re going to be in very good hands, but I want to thank each and every one of you, and I know Sykesville will have very positive things going forward,” he said. “You’ve been a very positive part of my eight years serving.”

Sykesville Mayor Ian Shaw thanked him for his time as well.

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“Thanks Doug,” he said. “Really, it has been a great partnership. We really do appreciate it, and we look forward to Ed picking up the baton and taking us to the next place.

“We wish you the best,” Shaw said.

Rothstein will be seated as part of the 61st Board of Carroll County Commissioners at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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