Young citizen representative

Outgoing Frederick County Commission President Blaine Young cast one of a number of votes Monday morning during the last meeting of the commission before charter government takes over. Young recused himself from the vote on his appointment as citizen representative to the planning commission. 

In a last-minute maneuver before the end of their terms, county commissioners today appointed Commissioners President Blaine Young to five years on the Frederick County Planning Commission.

Young has acted as a commissioners liaison to the planning commission, with his service expected to end when he leaves office Dec. 1. However, during his final meeting as commissioners president, Young suddenly resigned his post on the planning commission. Seconds later, Commissioner Paul Smith moved to reappoint Young to the commission seat he had just vacated. For his new five-year term as a planning official, Young would be serving as a citizen rather than as a county commissioner, Smith said.

Three commissioners approved the decision, with Young stepping down from the board during the vote.

Commissioner David Gray cast the dissenting vote and objected that Young's appointment was coming without any public notice. The decision also undermines County Executive-elect Jan Gardner by taking away her chance to choose Young's replacement, Gray argued. Gardner, who appeared abruptly in the middle of the discussion, agreed with Gray.

"It is usurping the authority of the county executive," she said.

She said growth represented a significant factor in the recent county elections, and voters had expressed the need for a change. Putting Young back on the planning commission was in effect ignoring the wishes of the electorate, said Gardner, who beat Young in the race for county executive.

Smith contended that Young would bring a wealth of institutional knowledge to the planning commission and would be able to explain the growth decisions made under his administration.

Young's term is set to begin Nov. 30.

(100) comments

Leigh

Unbelievable.

valerie_dale

If you're mad/concerned/frustrated...write an LTE that will be seen by more people than a post here on the FNP website.

jp3060

Marion Barry would be proud. Why bother with an election at all?

Sandra Ballantine

How despicable.

Dwasserba

There just wasn't enough time left to go door to door poking everyone in the eye.

MCEDDE21

Paragraph 2 of Section 102 of the Maryland Code (Land Use) says:
"(a) (1) Except as otherwise provided in this division, a planning commission established under this subtitle shall consist of three, five, or seven members. (2) One member of the planning commission may be a member of the legislative body, who serves as an ex officio member concurrent with the member’s legislative term."

Now, with blaine on the Planning Commission (serving ex officio and that is, as a member of the legislative body) there are seven Members. Of course, that means there are no "citizen" vacancies and his appointment as such is invalid or illegal.

For more information: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmStatutesText.aspx?article=glu&section=2-102&ext=html&session=2015RS&tab=subject5

Extra Ignored

Theoretically they abolished the ex officio position and changed it to a citizen position. But Blaine Young is not a citizen unless he resigns.

MCEDDE21

They abolished the ex officio position? That's absurd. Was that actually part of the motion?

Extra Ignored

For his new five-year term as a planning official, Young would be serving as a citizen rather than as a county commissioner, Smith said.

MCEDDE21

EI: So, according to Smith's interpretation, the ex officio position has not been abolished... Since there is no position for a sitting Commissioner, other than that by virtue of his office, Mr. Young's appointment is invalid.

swhaller

807. Existing Members of Boards and Commissions
The members of all boards and commissions holding office at the Effective Date of the
Charter shall continue to hold the same office until completion of their terms of office,
unless removed in accordance with the provisions of this Charter.

Extra Ignored

But Blaine Young can't take accept the office of a citizen member of the planning commission on November 30th because he will still be a commissioner until December 1.

rbad013

Sneaky, does mr young know this is democracy we live ? Unbelievable!!

samnjones

THEY DID WHAT?

Extra Ignored

I truly believe Blaine Young would have to resign as a commissioner before he could accept a position as a citizen on the planning commission before December 1 when the new council and county executive are sworn in.

DeDeuceCoupe32

Blaines addiction to bullying Frederick Co. is quite disturbing.

WalkersvilleBen

I didn't think he could do anything that would surprise me. I was wrong.

hawbottom1

What a travesty. The fox is loose in the henhouse. Well, maybe the ethics group can do something.

elymus43

A new low???????

Extra Ignored

For what its worth another complaint about open meeting violation needs to be made.

http://www.oag.state.md.us/Opengov/Openmeetings/

hayduke2

One of the most childish and un-adult moves that I could imagine. Young was voted out of office by the citizens because of his massive growth agenda. To think that this was anything other than a closed door plan put in place to give the "one finger" salute to the voters and new council is ludicrous. Mr. Smith shows no character and Billy and Kirby are about as mature as an elementary school student.

If this is Kirby and Billy's way of working, I would hope that the other 5 council members some class and ethics in elevating the public's perception of elective officials and find a way to send a strong message to all concerned. Regardless of your politics, this is a shameful and backwards approach to government. This is also a chance for Chemlik and Otis to show that they are capable of making decisions, working for the citizens and aren't going to be two more "puppets" .

Mr. Young's institutional knowledge is not a desirable thing.

Extra Ignored

Citizen Blaine Young will have to recuse himself from any vote that would benefit any of the donors to his $1 million war chest.

armillary

"My 'investors' were making me shiver,"
"seems I said more than I could deliver,"
"so it only makes sense,"
"pushing my influence,"
"so they don't make me swim in the river."

Extra Ignored

§2–102.

(a) (1) Except as otherwise provided in this division, a planning commission established under this subtitle shall consist of three, five, or seven members.

(2) One member of the planning commission may be a member of the legislative body, who serves as an ex officio member concurrent with the member’s legislative term.

(3) (i) An ex officio member of a planning commission may not vote on any question in the result of which the ex officio member has an immediate personal or financial interest.

(ii) When an ex officio member abstains from voting on a question under subparagraph (i) of this paragraph, the ex officio member shall disclose the recusal.

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmStatutesText.aspx?article=glu&section=2-102&ext=html&session=2015RS&tab=subject5

armillary

Does anyone have any NO BLAINE YOUNG window stickers left? I need to replace the one I removed from my car after election day.

DickD

I don't have one, but it sounds like a great idea. Can we file a lawsuit on him and Smith?

DickD

Oh God no! This is the worse thing they could do! People hate Blaine for what he has done already! Hopefully, this can be changed!

maggiesfarm11

The charter states: 412. Appointment and Removal of Department Heads and Others
(a) The Executive shall appoint an individual to head each principal operating
department, agency or office under the control of the Executive, subject to confirmation
of the Council. Individuals appointed under this subsection shall serve at the pleasure of
the Executive.
(b) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section or prescribed by law, the
provisions of this Charter or by ordinance, the Executive shall appoint all members of
boards and commissions. All members shall be subject to confirmation by the Council.
Individuals appointed under this subsection shall serve at the pleasure of the Executive,
unless otherwise provided by law, the provisions of this Charter or by ordinance.

Extra Ignored

Current staff are grandfathered in. But to take a citizen position before December 1, Blaine Young has to resign as county commissioner. So he did.

806. Existing Officers and Employees
All appointed officers and employees of the Government holding office at the Effective Date of the Charter shall continue to be employed at their existing compensation, subject, however, to the provisions of any relevant personnel laws, rules, or regulations. Provisions relating to the qualifications for the appointed offices provided in this Charter shall become effective whenever vacancies occur in the appointed offices after the Effective Date of the Charter.

http://frederickcountymd.gov/documents/1086/Adopted%20Frederick%20County%20Charter_201211081423273469.pdf

Doritos

Letter doesn't say he resigned as. president just his position on planning and zoning but surely Mathias has his. Back on this

Extra Ignored

It doesn't make sense he could take an appointment as a citizen if he is still a commissioner. He will have to resign.

armillary

Will be true starting Monday.

DickD

The Executive shall appoint an individual to head each principal operating
department, agency or office under the control of the Executive, subject to confirmation of the Council. Individuals appointed under this subsection shall serve at the pleasure of the Executive.

(b) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section or prescribed by law, the
provisions of this Charter or by ordinance, the Executive shall appoint all members of boards and commissions. All members shall be subject to confirmation by the Council.

Individuals appointed under this subsection shall serve at the pleasure of the Executive, unless otherwise provided by law, the provisions of this Charter or by ordinance.

Sounds to me like Jan can appoint a whole new board of Planning. The Council can only approve or disapprove,. which could mean we have no Planning Board

Extra Ignored

Unless Blaine Young formally resigns as commissioner how can he take his seat as a citizen on the Planning Commission beginning November 30.

I hope the county manager plans to prorate his last paycheck since Blaine Young as resigned.

Nicki

Extra-- he resigned his "commissioner liason to...." post.
He is still president of the BOCC.

Extra Ignored

But he can't accept a citizen appointment to the Planning Commission if he is still a commissioner. Blaine Young resigned.

dcg326

CONGRADULATIONS BLAINE . WE FEEL YOU WILL DO A GREAT JOB.THANKS[thumbup][innocent][rolleyes][beam][wink][smile][thumbup]

Extra Ignored

So Young resigned as a commissioner so he could be appointed to the planning commission as a citizen. That leaves a vacant commissioners seat. Who is the new President of the county commissioners.

armillary

No, he recused himself from the vote to select him for the Planning Commission seat he had just vacated. It would have been a conflict of interest for him to vote for himself.

Extra Ignored

No he resigned. Because he can't accept an appointment as a citizen member of the planning commission while he is still commissioner.

dcg326

Blaine wins again .Poor winning dems,complain again.[thumbup]

Extra Ignored

Blaine Young resigned to take a citizen appointment on the Planning Commission.

DickD

You just think so, wait and see.

whodthink

Although I feel certain that there is no way that this can be valid, let's not figure out why until next week when it will be too late for Blaine and Co. to think up another scheme to fix it.

daylight01

This. Is. Pure. Gold.

gibbs

Really? What a tacky way to end their terms. He was voted out for a reason, Republicans voted in for Governor and he wasn't there was a reason.

KellyAlzan

Republicans won big time all across the nation on nov 4. But Ba'Lane was sent away by the voters of Frederixk county. That spoke volumes about the lack of trust voters have in ba'Lane.

He knows he isn't wanted. This is very immature of him to do this. This county belongs to us voters, not to smith.


BA'LANE - you're not wanted in our government. What part do you not understand?

Learch

I thought we voted him out

pennygirl0514

no progess, no peace as long as the "stooges" are in there in anyway.

LeonardKeepers

what a sickening move by the county commissioners. this should have been left for jan gardner to decide who serves on the planning commission.

armillary

"You said no, but I won't be denied,"
"I've got needs, I've got greed, I've got pride,"
"you can fight, you can kick,"
"maybe slow, maybe quick,"
"I won't go 'till I've finished my ride."

DickD

Good, but too mild! We are full of disgust for what the Blaine gang has done on their latest escapade.

armillary

It was insensitive to survivors to use the R word.

clearview

The arrogance of this is just breath taking. The culture of the good old boys in Frederick is alive and well and perpetuated by the Republicans. What a legacy of bad government Blaine Young is leaving.

ReadPhred

At best this is smelly, dirty politics. What a disgrace! I don't know enough about the rules for the commission, but if there aren't term limits, there should be and they should be set in a way that refers to a person not a position. I assume this is or will be reviewed for legality. And I assume, it will be found legal although it is ethically objectionable. This was obviously planned and set up. What does this say about the integrity of all involved. Frankly they should all be fired.

I wonder what authority the incoming administration may have to correct this travesty? I wonder if citizens can somehow call for any action? The suggestions to disband the commission and reset it maybe possible, but it will need to be done carefully, to both ensure the continuity of planning activities and also to ensure the rules are set to avoid this type of thing in the future.

phydeaux994

The reason Kirby hates Jan so much is because she questioned his ethics. Now he has proved he, along with the other three, are unethical. She was right. It is impossible to overstate how bad they are. And I agree, I thought Paul was better than this, but no, he is actually the enabler that allowed it to happen.

LibRood

Isn't there a process whereby a vacancy is announced and potential members send in a letter of interest and resume? Worth a look at the Commission's Rules and Procedures (if they have any) [wink]

Doritos

Planning and zoning members are appointed by the commissioners

hallemd

I knew this jerk wasn't going to go away. He hasn't done enough damage yet and is determined to do everything he can to ruin this county, in my opinion. It is sad and sickening.

sej58

Did he not get the message that the citizens don't want him involved in our government anymore?

FrederickFan

Like a bad boil on Frederick County's bottom, its going to take a lot of soap to wash off Blaine Young.

FrederickFan

The disgusting stench of corruption continues to the last from Young, Shreve, Delauter and Smith.

matts853

I'm sure they conspired to do this the minute Blaine lost.

Paul Smith is a creep of the highest order.

fourstoogesandthatotherguy_the

If this is true, "Young's term is set to begin Nov. 30," can a sitting county commissioner, be appointed a permanent member of this commission?

armillary

The remaining Planning Commissioners should show Blaine what they're made of and resign immediately.

Doritos

Why would they be appointed most of them

richardlyons

Nice thought however unlikely (virtually the entire Planning Commission was appointed by the stooges). It would have to occurr after Jan and the County Council are sworn in.

fourstoogesandthatotherguy_the

This is so freaking unethical. It's not like these btards didn't discuss this matter, illegally, prior to taking this action, huh? Gardner needs to disband this commission and start anew.

Oh, to Moe Young and Larry Smith, you both are miserable losers. The electorate has told you to go away. It's way past time for the authorities to send you two losers, along with Curly Delauter and Shemp Shreve, to prison.

matts853

The fruit of the poison tree keeps dropping.

Blaine and his cronies never envisioned him losing, so now it's payback time. Either Blaine still owes the developers, or they owe him for losing. Maybe a bit of both.

If Jan is somehow able to get him booted off, who wants to bet he'll sue with Rand Weinberg as his counsel?

This is disgraceful. The man is like a herpes infection.

phydeaux994

Ebola!!!

FyremanEd

[thumbup]

richardlyons

Something as unsavory and vindictive as this I would expect from BY, BS, and KD. I believed Paul "legally sufficient" Smith was above this type of behavior. Wrong!

public-redux

Yeah, Smith disappoints again.

DickD

He is as bad as the rest!

LiberalLion2

Why can't he just disappear into West Virigina

da_homes

They would elect him to congress. Please no.

DickD

You mean join Ellen and Roscoe?

melemimit

I cannot believe the arrogance of this person and the commissioners! It thoroughly undermines the new County Executive's position - and that was the point of this move. Why can't he just go away!!

William Smith

When I saw the headline, I thought it was a joke - sarcasm. Oh my. Mr. Young stated we'd not see much of him for 8-10 years. I was hoping he would keep to his word for once.

matts853

[thumbup]

DickD

Blaine has never kept his word on anything else! Why should we be surprised now?

hayduke2

[thumbup]

armillary

When making a public statement, Blaine always leads with his biggest lie. The lesser lies follow.

FrederickTwinMom

Just can't get rid of Boss Hogg!

PatrickW

"... wealth of institutional knowledge..."

There is an institution where Blaine's knowledge can be put to use, but it's not in county government ... it's in the exercise yard.

DickD

Can we or Jan or someone bring criminal charges for any reason against Blaine?

Charles_Nelson_Reilly

This is a total disgrace. The hubris of these so called "Republicans" who are nothing more than a group of good ol' boy authoritarians who think they own Frederick County. Shame on them all.

Go away Blaine! the people have spoken and they don't want you at any level of government.

public-redux

According to the Planning Commission website, the Planning Commission has 7 members, one of whom is a liaison from the BOCC. Comm. Young was the liaison. If he isn't that anymore, did one of the other Planning Commission members resign? Or do we now have a seven member Planning Commission without a liaison from the BOCC?

josephdavis

I'd imagine they changed the rules during their cleanup session last week where they amended everything to remove reference to the BOCC.

public-redux

That's a good point.

cctjr64

THIS GUY IS LIKE A LEACH. HE WILL NOT LEAVE. FOR ALL MY NAY SAYER FRIENDS OUT THERE, THIS RIGHT HERE SHOWS THE CORRUPTION IN THE FREDERICK COUNTY GOVERNMENT AND SHOWS OUT CORRUPT PAUL SMITH, BILLY SHREVE AND KIRBY DELAUTER ARE

PatrickW

[thumbup] ... yep

DickD

[thumbup] This is a hateful move, it will only spell trouble!

Thurmont40

Not knowing the way this new government works, would it be possible for the County Executive to disband the Planning and Zoning Commission and form a new one with people she appoints? Not saying I don't think Blaine would be good or bad to be part of it but just wondering if Jan could do a one-up/back at you type of maneuver. If so this could get uglier.

DickD

I don't know either, but I would think it would require a majority vote by the Council, which Jan is not likely to get.

RaeD8s

He just needs to go away, far, far away....

PatrickW

[thumbup] ... yep

josephdavis

If it were unethical it would be illegal, right Blaine? SMH.

richardlyons

Moe, Larry, Curly, and Shemp must be bursting with pride.

KellyAlzan

Perhaps

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