End of a term
During the Howard County Council meeting last Tuesday, county officials paid homage to retiring councilman Joe Pencek for his eight years of service.
Pencek decided not to seek election to a third term on the council in an at-large position.
Although the council was not scheduled to meet again until 2013, when Republican James Papacek will be in that seat, there is one more meeting scheduled for Friday.
Commissioner Paul Wyman said Pencek always called and asked what he could do to help when it came to county projects.
Treasurer Martha Lake said Pencek would visit her office on a weekly basis to ask about county funds and bring spring flowers from his garden.
“I have had a lot of conversations with you,” Council President Richard Miller said. “You were always willing to listen and had a lot of good ideas.
“I appreciate your efforts,” he said. “You stuck with your principles year in and year out.”