The Carroll County Board of Commissioners (“Board”) established the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC)
in 2004. The EAC serves as an advisory body to the Board on issues of environmental concern.
Purpose and Function
Chapter 16 of the Carroll County Code
outlines the purpose of the Environmental Advisory Council as follows:
- To participate in the development of broad policy plans designed to guide the County's environmental future.
- To review specific issues of environmental concern and assist the Board of County Commissioners to protect
Carroll County's environmental heritage, conserve Carroll County's natural resources, and restore environmentally
degraded areas within Carroll County.
- To advise the Board of County Commissioners and the citizens of Carroll County of actions that could be taken to
improve the quality of the environment in Carroll County, as well as of any that may threaten it.
- To assist with environmental educational efforts.
- To serve as the County Tree Commission.
The EAC operates according to the provisions its bylaws
and of Chapter 16.
The EAC consists of nine (9) volunteer members that are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to staggered 4-year
terms. Members are a cross section of residents of Carroll County generally representing agricultural, business, development,
environmental communities, and citizens-at-large.
The current members
- Josh Hatkin, Chair
- Sandra Zebal, Vice-Chair
- Melvin Baile
- Ellen Cutsail
- David Hynes
- Karen Leatherwood
- Kimberly Petry
- George Schooley
- Chris Spaur
All regular monthly meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month and will be held in Reagan Room (003) of the County Office Building unless
otherwise noted. Afternoon meetings will be held from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Evening meetings will be held from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
Notice of each meeting will be sent to local media prior to each meeting and also will appear on the website (ccgovernment.carr.org under
meetings/agendas). The meeting schedule for the year, upcoming meeting agenda, and minutes from prior meetings are available under the
Meetings links below
The EAC develops a proposed work plan each year. The proposal describes the projects for the upcoming calendar year that the EAC would
like to pursue or for which they have received direction from the Board requesting their assistance. The EAC and Board of County
Commissioners discuss the proposed projects in an annual joint meeting at the beginning of the year. The EAC moves forward with the
projects on which the Board concurs. The annual joint meeting for 2013 was held on January 24, 2013. Click to view the final
2013 Work Plan
. Click to view the approved
2013 Annual Report
summarizing the EAC’s activities for the calendar year.
Environmental Awareness Awards
The purpose of the awards program is to promote awareness of the environment and acknowledge exemplary accomplishments in the
protection, conservation, and improvement of our environmental resources. The Carroll County Commissioners adopted the Environmental
Awareness Awards program in 1990 to recognize individuals and groups that have demonstrated these qualities through their actions or
projects. Awards are presented biennially to individuals and groups chosen from nominees submitted for consideration by their peers,
although self-nominations will be accepted.
Awards were given in three categories for 2012 – Individual, Business, and Institution. Winners were recognized and presented their
awards in a ceremony with the Board of County Commissioners and the EAC on April 26, 2012. The winners of the 2012 awards by
category are as follows:
- Individual - Paul Kazyak
- Institution - The Gateway School at Crossroads Middle, Linton Springs Elementary School Green Team, and Sykesville Middle School Green Team (3-way tie)
- Business - Northrop Grumman Sykesville Campus
Honorable Mentions were awarded in the Individual category to Jane Castner and Carolyn Puckett.
Click here for a more detailed description of each winner’s efforts and initiatives.
The EAC will call for nominations again in January 2014 for the 2014 awards.
Individuals that desire to contact the EAC with a concern or suggestion may do so by calling 410-386-2145 or through email
- Staff Liaison: Brenda Dinne
- Recording Secretary: Stephanie Krome