Talbot County Year in Review with Chuck Callahan

Editor’s note: Over the last five weeks, the Talbot Spy has been conducting individual “year in review” interviews with members of the Talbot County Council to discuss the highlights and disappointments in 2015 as well as significant challenges for 2016. We finish the series with Council member Chuck Callahan.

Chuck Callahan joined Jennifer Williams in 2015 as the two young freshmen in their new role on the Talbot County Council. While Chuck has built four successful businesses, and watched with great interest the workings of county government for decades, he notes that nothing could have possibly prepared him for the complexity and the hard work that goes into governing Talbot County.

In his interview with the Spy, Callahan talks in detail about the challenge that came the Council’s way last year with the introduction of zoning ordinance 1305 as well as the Council’s difficult decision to keep the controversial “Talbot Boys” memorial on the courthouse lawn in Easton. Chuck also goes into a significant discussion about the Talbot County 2015 comprehensive plan and responds to criticism that he is supporting revisions that would lead to inappropriate development in the rural western part of the county.

This video is approximately thirteen minutes in length 

 

Talbot County Year in Review with Jennifer Williams

Editor’s note: Over the last five weeks, the Talbot Spy has been conducting individual “year in review” interviews with members of the Talbot County Council to discuss the highlights and disappointments in 2015 as well as significant challenges for 2016. We continue the series with Council member Jennifer Williams.

Jennifer Williams freely admits to being one of the new kids on the block in her new role on the Talbot County Council. While Jennifer has lived in Talbot for more than twenty-five years, it is not until she saw county government up close and personal that she began to really appreciate how complex and diverse this community is.

In her Spy interview, Ms. Williams talks about those first impressions, as well as her first year experience os such hot topic issues as land use legislation like Talbot County Bill 1305 and the current draft of the County’s 2015 Comprehensive plan. She also talks about the Council’s decision Talbot Boys statue and what she will be looking forward to in 2016.

This video is approximately thirteen minutes in length 

 

Talbot County Year in Review with Laura Price

Editor’s note: Over the last five weeks, the Talbot Spy has been conducting individual “year in review” interviews with members of the Talbot County Council to discuss the highlights and disappointments in 2015 as well as significant challenges for 2016. We continue the series with Councilmember Laura Price.

While there was some attempt to talk to Laura Price about the calendar year 2015, it was clear from the onset of our interview that she was very much focused on the future. In particular, Councilmember Price spent most of our time together talking about the 2015 Comprehensive Plan, and what needs to take place for this document to be approved by the Talbot County. The other highlights her growing anxiety about potentially severe budget deficits in the County’s current fiscal year and the long term impact of having limited tax and fee revenue coming in and higher expense lines with expenditures.

This video is approximately sixteen minutes in length

Talbot County Year in Review with Corey Pack

Talbot County Council President Corey Pack has no hesitation in saying that 2015 started very badly. For the long-term Talbot County political leader, this was not the result of policy failure but a six-month physical recovery from a fall which left him in a wheelchair for a good bit of the year.

But it is also safe to say that 2015 was a year of significant challenge for Pack and his leadership of County Council as they wrestled with the unanticipated request to remove a Confederate war veterans memorial from the county courthouse lawn and entered into a community discussion about possible revisions to the county’s 2015 comprehensive plan.

In his Spy interview, Council President Pack discussed these complex policy issues and also some of the other highlights from 2015 and what holds for the future in 2016.

This video is approximately fifteen minutes in length

Talbot County Year in Review with Dirck Bartlett

Over the next five weeks, the Talbot Spy will be conducting individual “year in review” interviews with members of the Talbot County Council to discuss the highlights and disappointments in 2015 as well as important challenges for 2016. We begin the series with Councilperson Dirck Bartlett.

In his interview the Spy, Dirck talks about the debate on the future of the Talbot Boys confederate soldier monument on the County Courthouse lawn and a detailed analysis of the current flaws in the proposed changes to the Talbot County Comprehensive Plan which Barlett fears would have serious unintended consequences for the western part of the county.

This video is approximately eight minutes in length

 

Comprehensive Plan Draft Meets Citizen Pushback at Public Hearing

With standing room only in the Talbot County Free Library, Easton branch meeting room Monday night, a long line of citizens waited their turn to present tough, and sometimes stinging criticism of the current draft for the 2015 Talbot County Comprehensive Plan to County Council members.

Lasting just over two hours, the public hearing seemed to demonstrate significant concern from residents living on or near Route 33, including towns like Royal Oak,Wittman, and other small communities, that the proposed document would open Talbot’s peninsula to more development. Many testified this would create more traffic and pose a safety risk for speedy evacuation of the Bay Hundred region during severe storms or hurricanes.

The Spy was there to capture some of the highlights from citizen comments.

This video is approximately one hour in length and was co-produced by MCTV.

Spying on Talbot County Planning: Community Leaders Provide Feedback on Comp Plan Draft


An important step took place Monday afternoon in Talbot County’s efforts to discuss and approve its 2015 Comprehensive Plan. Fifteen community leaders* were invited by the Talbot County Council to provide feedback to the current draft plan and make recommendations or changes to the document.

While there was a good bit of dialogue that took place between the council members and their guests on specific parts of the plan, the Spy decided to focus on the comments and suggestions made by the panel during the three-hour work session. Those remarks centered around protecting western Talbot County along Route 33 from unwanted and unsustainable development, redefining internet broadband coverage challenges, and adding language that highlights the need to move forward with building a new regional hospital next to Easton Airport.

Dan Watson leads off the discussion with a short map presentation on the rural nature of the western side of Talbot County.

The second session is planned for Monday, December 14, 2015, from 5pm-7pm, at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton. This session will be a public meeting in which the entire community is invited to make comments on the draft plan.

This video is approximately thirty-five minutes in length

* Citizens Panel

Tom Alspach
Frank Cavanaugh
Daphne Cawley
Carolyn Ewing
Greg Gannon
Kirke Harper
Ed Heikes
Cheryl Lewis
Mike Mielke
Geoff Oxnam
Joe Secrist
Al Silverstein
Dan Watson
Jean Weisman
Brenda Wooden