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Carroll County Times Thursday, December 16, 2010, Page A9

LOCAL/REGION
Fees Union Bridge is unusual
in that its has no town em-
head charge at the conclu-
sion or termination of an Audit: Pa. gaming board
From Page A1 ployees capable of han- application in the develop-
dling the development ment review process.
Hampstead, Manchester,
New Windsor and Sykes-
ville all utilize county staff
review process, but uses
their own contractors for
all engineering, legal, plan-
This new structure
would put Union Bridge in
the median of Carroll’s
municipalities for develop-
secretly hired contractors
to undertake their develop- ning and other technical
ment review processes and process of the review. Cue- ment review fees, Cueman ASSOCIATED PRESS ployees. He said he believes auditors did not find that
man said Union Bridge said, and these fees could the gaming board violated the gaming board used con-
use the county’s fee sched- HARRISBURG, Pa. —
holds applicants liable for be closer to the total the state’s Sunshine Act, tracts inappropriately or
ule. State Auditor General Jack which governs public access
actual review service ex- cost that the applicants wastefully.
The county’s fee structure Wagner Wednesday ac- to government meetings, However, Wagner said his
was originally based on re- penses, rather than stick- would be charged for the cused the Pennsylvania
services their plans incur and is forwarding his find- office’s review of the staff’s
couping 50 percent of the ing to set fees. Gaming Control Board of ings to the state attorney
The town’s current rate throughout the review written justifications for
cost to the county for violating state law by allow- general’s office.
structure was established process. emergency or sole-source
county staff hired to process ing millions of dollars in Gaming board spokesman
in 1996, Cueman said, and Mayor Bret Grossnickle contracts to be executed contracts found the infor-
and review development said Doug Harbach said of- mation to be sorely lacking.
he recommended that it be said he and the council sup- without approving them at ficials there have consulted
plans and all other associ- For instance, the gaming
increased to accommodate port the changes, but they public meetings, although with executive-branch
ated costs, including over- wanted to have the planning board awarded a $120,000
rising service fees for the the board contended it was lawyers about the agency’s
head that could be assigned commission look at the issue contract for a human re-
town and its overhead, not required to do so. contracting practices, and
to the project, Cueman said. such as use of the town first to be sure that they are “We think the law is pretty sources contract without
If Union Bridge were to board officials believe they competitive bidding by say-
clerk’s time, storage needs on board. darn clear,” Wagner told re- are complying with the law.
use the county’s services, for associated files, print- “We all know it’s been 14 porters in a news confer- “There’s a difference of ing that it simply was
the fees for the developer ing materials and more. years since we’ve even ence to release an audit of opinions on how we’re con- “clearly not feasible,” the
would be $1,600 for the con- Cueman recommended looked at it,” Grossnickle the six-year-old agency re- ducting our contracting and audit said.
cept plan plus $100 per lot, the town double the stan- said of the fee structure, and sponsible for licensing and how the auditor general be- Auditors found no evi-
according to Cueman’s re- dard fees for residential it’s time to make some ad- regulating the state’s casino lieves it should be done,” dence in the contract paper-
port. plan reviews from $100 to justments. industry. Harbach said. work to support that
Mount Airy, Taneytown $200 per plan at each step, Wagner said his office’s However, Harbach said contention, it said.
and Westminster use county and increase the per lot Reach staff writer Carrie audit uncovered 19 service officials at the agency take A check of two other
staff for partial review serv- fees to $20 per lot. In addi- Ann Knauer at 410- 857- contracts worth about the findings very seriously board-run public agencies
ices and use their own in- tion, he recommended 7874 or carrie.knauer@carr $7 million that should have and, when practical, will ap- in Harrisburg, the Public
house staff for other parts. adding a 15 percent over- ollcountytimes.com. been approved by the prove contracts with a pub- Utility Commission and the
seven-member gaming lic vote. The gaming board’s Liquor Control Board, found
board at a public meeting, budget is paid by the casinos that each has a policy for
rather than by delegating it regulates. when the board votes on
that authority to agency em- He also said that Wagner’s contracts.
Music pictures, talk about their Reach staff writer Megan
kids,” she said. “It’s emo- McKeever at 410- 857-7898

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