East Severna Park residents who feel cut off from the heart of Severna Park are rallying for a footbridge across Ritchie Highway to give children and cyclists access to the B & A Trail park.
Representatives from three separate east Severna Park neighborhoods said increasing traffic has turned Ritchie Highway into a virtual "Berlin Wall," cutting east Severna Park off from the shopping and parks in west Severna Park.
"We've talked about it at our meetings and we think the time has come for a footbridge, especially now that we've got the nice hike and bike trail over there," Shirley Connick of the Berrywood Community Association said at Tuesday's Greater Severna Park Council meeting.
GSPC Public Works Chairman George Deuringer said he would take the recommendation to the State Highway Administration for consideration.
Deuringer also announced that the Route 10 interchange with Ritchie Highway is scheduled to open around Thanksgiving.
In other business:
* Gypsy moth committee chairman Albert Johnston gave his annual sermon on the various control programs community associations should start applying for this month.
"We have lost oak trees in Severna Park. All you have to do is go up Jumpers Hole Road to see the destruction in areas that weren't sprayed," Johnston said.
The state will spray for free any area with a minimum of 25 acres that is 50 percent canopy, 50 percent hardwoods (oaks and maples), with "significantly high egg-mass counts," he said. The "significantly high" number -- likely to be upward of 1,000 egg masses per acre -- will be determined later. The county, in its second year in the spraying-by-helicopter business, plans to sell spray services for somewhere between $15 and $20 per acre to any community with a minimum of 10 acres, 50 percent canopy, 50 percent hardwoods, and a minimum of 100 egg masses per acre.
Communities willing to pay for a minimum of 10 acres who do not fit into the state or county programs may sign up for the Greater Severna Park "private" program. Last year the private program cost $30 per acre for dimilin and $40 per acre for the pesticide known as "Bt." Dimilin, which is far more effective than Bt, is recommended except in areas within 200 feet of waterways -- where its use is restricted because of questions about its effect on shellfish. Egg mass counts will be available from the state by Dec. 1.
* President Charles St. Lawrence reported that Maryland Aviation Administration chief Theodore Mathison has made a formal request to the Federal Aviation Administration to allow planes to fly higher over Severna Park on their approach into BWI.
If approved, Michael West, associate administrator for planning and engineering for the MAA, which owns and operates BWI, said planes now coming into the airport at a 3-degree angle would come in at a 3 -degree angle. Since planes would be higher over Severna Park, which is 8 miles south of BWI, this would reduce noise in the area.
West said the MAA made the same request last year, but the FAA said no because it is willing to change the glide-scope for "obstruction" purposes only, not for noise abatement.
* The council voted unanimously to oppose Wilton and Edith Geldmacher's appeal for a change of zoning on 6.5-acres of low density residential property along the westbound side of West Pasadena Road west of Jumpers Hole Road in Millersville.
The Geldmachers want their property zoned for light industrial development. That would allow professional offices, laboratories, hotels and other uses that the council believes would be inappropriate for the area.
A public hearing on the Geldmachers' request was conducted in Annapolis yesterday. A final decision is expected within the month.