From: Charles E. Poyer Jr.
The verbal abuse given to Ted Mariani and the Rural Residential Land Use Study Commission at the hearing on June 5 was undeserved and unjust.
During March-May,I attended as a private observer about half of the commission's weekly meetings. Except for one or two other visitors, Howard County citizens were conspicuous by their absence.
During these regular meetings, the commission members impressed me with:
1. Their serious dedication to the task the county council had given them;
2. The number and professionalism of the many witnesses, public and private, invited to testify;
3. The lively debate of the members as they examined each proposal or bit of evidence;
4. Their recognition, early on, of the problems of the environment, the relatively small amount of land remaining to be developed and the water/sewer technical hurdles.
As mandated by the General Plan (a product of the previous administration), the commission explored alternate ways the west might be developed under the plan.
The commission did as it was told. If you don't like the recommendations, tell the council. Don't jump on Mr. Mariani.
I'm against clustering. Safe water/sewer systems are difficult to achieve and expensive to repair or relocate. The failure of cluster water/sewer systems would generate great political pressure to extend the Metropolitan District.
Could town houses then be far behind?
As for the remaining "open space," what will happen to it? How will it be managed, by whom, for what ends and under what rules?
The real threat to western Howard County is continued intense development in the east.
At the point the people in the east get fed up with crowding, traffic, pollution and the other urban ills, they and their four councilmen (we only have one) will scream "enough" and overwhelm us with new development.
If you want to do something constructive, figure out how to handle that. Start now.
ENCOURAGING DAY CARE
From: Shane Pendergrass
I was pleased to see the article on day care in the June 16 edition of The Howard County Sun ("Eight additional centers heating up day-care market," by Erik Nelson).
As your article points out, the number of day-care providers in Howard County has grown significantly in the past couple of years. This is good news for parents of young children and the area businesses that employ them.
Available, quality day care is essential to assure the safety and welfare ofour children. Many individuals and public and private groups have contributed to this successful effort to increase the number of day-care slots available in Howard County. They are to be congratulated.
I would like to remind your readers that as a result of legislation Isponsored in 1988, there is a day-care tax credit available to taxpayers who improve their property for the purpose of providing day care.
For more information, call the Howard County Government Finance Office, 313-2062.