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Marriotts Ridge High School Girl's Lacrosse 2A-3A State Champions  

 Marriott's Ridge H.S. Girl's Lacrosse 2A-3A State Champions  

 Lori Spellman, Gifted and Talented, Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award 

Lori Spellman, Gifted and Talented, Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award 

 Michael Goins, Principal, Ellicott Mills Middle School, Distinguished Educational Leadership Award 

Michael Goins, Principal, Ellicott Mills M.S., Distinguished Educational Leadership Award 
 Haroon Rashed, Atholton High School, Teacher of the Year 

Haroon Rashed, Atholton H.S., Teacher of the Year 

 Jacqueline Bechara, Health Assistant, Oakland Mills High School, Distinguished Assistant Award 

Jacqueline Bechara, Health Assistant, Oakland Mills H.S., Distinguished Assistant Award 

 Gerrie Gibeau, Public Transportation Office-Office Professional Recognition Award 

Gerrie Gibeau, Public Transportation Office-Office Professional Recognition Award 

 Catherine Williams, Harriet Tubman Building - Excellence Award for Building Operations 

Catherine Williams, Harriet Tubman Building - Excellence Award for Building Operations 

 

 

The County Council...

as the County's Legislature... 

as the Zoning Board... 

as the Liquor Board... 

 

Constituent Service... 

How YOU can participate in local government 

My Neighborhood... 

 

Duties and Responsibilities

as the County's Legislature... 

The Howard County Council is the legislative branch of local government under the authorization of the Howard County Charter--the county's constitution. The Council consists of five members who serve four-year terms and who, since 1986, have been elected from five separate districts. There is a three term limit for Council Members. As the legislative branch of government, the Council's major responsibility is approving the laws for Howard County. The Council's law-making powers include the annual authorization of the county's operating and capital budgets as well as approval of the tax rate. In addition, the legislative body authorizes the issuance of all county bonds and approves all master plans for the physical development of the county.


The Howard County Code, which contains current laws for the County, can be found on line at www.municode.com.

as the Zoning Board...

Council members also comprise the membership of the Zoning Board -- the county's zoning authority. The Zoning Board guides the future growth of the county in accordance with a General Plan which is developed to ensure the most beneficial and coherent relationships among the county's residential, nonresidential and public areas. The county's zoning regulations guard the character and social and economic stability of the County. Zoning Board Rules of Procedure

as the Liquor Board...

In Howard County, the five Council Members also sit as the local Board of License Commissioners, more familiarly known as the Liquor Board. Their duties include issuing and revoking licenses to sell alcoholic beverages and assuring adherence to Maryland laws and the county's rules and regulations pertaining to the sale of alcoholic beverages. Applications for liquor licenses may be made through the Administrative Assistant to the Board of License Commissioners.

Constituent Service... 

Constituent service is a primary focus for Council Members. They and their professional support staff are always available to assist citizens in dealing with agencies of county government or to work in their behalf on problems related to state or federal government.

How YOU can participate in local government...

The Council welcomes your participation.

  • Check newspapers for articles or ads of hearings on legislation, zoning matters, the county budget or other issues of special interest to you.
  • Attend public hearings and testify.
  • Write, call or E-mail your Council Members.
  • Volunteer to serve on one of the county's many citizen boards and commissions.


My Neighborhood...

My Neighborhood...your neighborhood and your property.