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2 more members named to Planning Commission

The Carroll County commissioners named two new members and an alternate to the Planning Commission Friday, a move that two of the commissioners say will make the panel more responsive to residents who want to slow growth.

Commissioners W. Benjamin Brown and Richard T. Yates, who were elected in November, said enlarging the panel, which approves plans for new residential and commercial developments, would be a way for them to fulfill a campaign promise to better manage growth.

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The commissioners voted 2-1 this month to increase the Planning Commission to seven members from five. Commissioner Donald I. Dell voted against the change.

Mr. Brown said Mr. Dell, the only incumbent on the three-member commissioner board, had too much influence on the Planning Commission because of previous appointments.

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All three of the appointees are Republicans who were on the ballot last fall and lost in the primary. The commissioners named David T. Duree of New Windsor, an unsuccessful candidate for )) commissioner, and Thomas G. Hiltz of Woodbine, a candidate for school board, to five-year terms.

They also named Joseph H. Mettle of Eldersburg, a candidate for a District 5 delegate seat, to a two-year term as an alternate member.

The new members have been "committed volunteers" willing to work hard for the county, Mr. Brown said.

Mr. Dell was outvoted 2-1 when he tried to make an appointment Friday. He nominated Morris L. Krome of Westminster for a Planning Commission seat. The retired major in the Maryland State Police chaired a 1992 study on a county police force.

"He has the future of Carroll County at heart," Mr. Dell said of Mr. Krome.

Two of last week's appointments -- Mr. Duree's and Mr. Mettle's -- were made unanimously. Mr. Brown nominated Mr. Duree, who is serving his second two-year term as an alternate. Mr. Yates nominated Mr. Mettle, who campaigned door-to-door with him last summer.

Mr. Brown nominated Mr. Hiltz. He and Mr. Yates voted for Mr. Hiltz; Mr. Dell voted against.

Mr. Duree, 53, owns Duree Enterprises, a marketing and business development consultant company. He said he recently formed INNOVA with Dale Gray of New Windsor to sell alternative waste water treatment systems.

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He is a member of the county Economic Development Commission and helped found the New Windsor Community Action Project, a citizens' group that has been active in getting legislation passed to protect ground water supplies from nearby quarry operations, rural planning projects and other issues.

Mr. Brown praised Mr. Duree's involvement and knowledge.

"Usually, you have to pay somebody $50,000 to $60,000 a year to talk to you like Mr. Duree does," Mr. Brown said.

Mr. Duree finished fifth in a field of five Republican candidates in the primary race for commissioner.

Mr. Hiltz, 34, is a senior project manager for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1981, served in the Navy for six years and is a lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve.

He finished fifth in a field of 11 school board candidates in the September primary election.

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Mr. Mettle, 59, is a retired federal government engineer, a former member of the Carroll County Republican Central Committee and former chairman of the Linton Springs Community Association in South Carroll.

He finished seventh among eight Republicans in the primary in the District 5 race. He also ran for a delegate seat in 1990 and came in last in the general election.


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