From: Wynne A. Stevens
Stevens Homes Inc.
I read with interest your article of Dec. 18 ("Ken Mar shows county a plan to keep ownership of road") on the Kenmar Community.
There are a number of facts which, had they been made available, would have made a more interesting story.
As the developer of Kenmar, I can assure you that my intentions originally were to create a first-class residential subdivision and took it upon myself to upgrade road standards within Kenmar far beyond that which had been approved by the county bureaucracy.
Any savings which might have been realized as a result of a more efficient road design were to be given back to the community and not the developer.
This should refute any implication that my actions have been motivated by money.
Certain department heads in the county organization elected to call the$81,000 letter of credit posted to ensure completion of the roads within Kenmar Manor.
This action was taken over two years ago and effectively stopped work which was then under way to complete the road system. This money has remained in the county's possession ever since, to the detriment of the Kenmar residents who have been without completed roadways.
It is my opinion that the action of the county representatives has been motivated more as a punitive measure directed toward me than as a means of ensuring the welfare of the Kenmar residents.
Furthermore, the residents have been harassed and intimidatedby a number of county department heads in an attempt to turn the community against me. There have been threats to deny building and occupancy permits, special monetary assessments and removal of our 18-footpaved roads to be replaced by 12-foot gravel roads.
I think your real story here is the incredibly unfair treatment of the Kenmar residents by high-level bureaucrats who have been more interested in asserting their authority with me than with respecting the individual property rights of county citizens.
The Planning Commission refused last June to consider any modification to the road plan of the subdivision and directed that the original plan be implemented.
Nothing has been done by the commissioners in that regard despite litigation regarding their lack of response.
SIGHTS TO SEE LOCALLY
From: Jon Beebe
Something I think that we should be grateful for at this holiday season is the beautiful county that we live in.
Carroll County, what a mix of all types of beauty.
I sell real estate for a living and get to see a great deal of this county. I want to point out a few of my favorite things, which some residents might notbe aware of and may have time to see over the holiday season.
Nowhere else can you get that small-town feeling than when you are driving on Route 30. I feel a nostalgic charm every time I drive through Hampstead, Greenmount, Manchester and even Melrose. The small shops and friendly people really round these towns out.
North Main Street in Mount Airy is one of the best places to get a view of the mountains. Route 27 through Taylorsville and some locations by New Windsor and Union Bridge also offer these breath-taking views.
Westminster is the big town for Carroll. Anything you want can be found here. The city features a wonderful mix of years past and modern technology as well as the ever-busy Route 140.
Taneytown is a 10-minute drive through some of Carroll's undisturbed farmland west on Route 140. East on the highway takes you through Finksburg to Route 795 connecting the county to Baltimore in 20 minutes.
Route 26 is a great drive through the Sykesville/Eldersburg area for people who like the water. A turn on White Rock Road takes you to Piney Run Reservoir.
If you stay on the highway, you will see Liberty Reservoir at two bridges.
That brings me to the wonderful area where I work, Woodbine, a smallunincorporated town that features beautiful rolling countryside. To see the sun setting from Woodbine Road just south of Hoods Mill Road is absolutely magnificent.
The next time you are driving home and traffic starts to bother you, take time to look around and see what abeautiful county you are driving home to.
This is something I wanted to share with you this holiday season.
EMPLOYEE IS CONCERNED
From: Peter A. Zerhusen
To: William Donald Schaefer
I am writing to you as an employee of the Carroll County public schools and as a citizen of the state of Maryland.
I am deeply concerned about the projected budget shortfalls and their potential impact on our educational system.
Personally, as aschool employee, I am witnessing a steady erosion in my educational salary. Last year (1991-1992), I received no salary increase, while inflation continued between 4 percent and 5 percent.
Currently, a projected 3 percent raise for the 1992-1993 school year has been withdrawn.
With inflation continuing unabated, this represents a 10 percent decrease in my personal earning power over the past two years.