If you live in the Odenton area, the chances of seeing County Executive Robert R. Neall today are pretty good.
It's all part of Neall's "County Comes to You" program, aimed at getting government out of Annapolis and into communities. Neall plans to tour Brooklyn Park in June and Edgewater in September.
"As the fastest-growing area of our county, Odenton deserves close attention to the demands on the area and the view of its citizens,"Neall said in a statement.
The new president of the Greater Odenton Improvement Association, Norman Meyers, said he is impressed with the schedule, adding that Neall will be hitting "all the key areas."
"In these times, it's hard to be asking for anything with the county budget situation," Meyers said. "A lot of plans are being put on hold. I hope he goes back with a good image from our area. We've had so much in the paper with our problems with the GOIA and the Halle corporation, I guess we would like to see him focus on something else."
The county executive will start his day at 7:30 a.m. at the MARC train station on Odenton Road to see firsthand the overcrowding at thecommuter parking lot, which is scheduled for expansion.
Residentswho live nearby want Neall to notice the cars that block driveways and mailboxes. "He will be there early enough in the morning so he cansee it filling up," said Sally Shoemaker, the GOIA's first vice president. Neall is scheduled to meet with state Mass Transit Administrator Ron Hartman.
Next, he plans to have coffee with improvement association members at the Odenton Volunteer Fire Department, then attend an anti-drug musical at the Odenton Elementary School before receiving a set of historical post cards from members of the Odenton Heritage Society at the library.
Later in the day, the county executive is set to visit Nevamar Corp. to see its operations and an environmental waste water treatment project operated with the help of students from Anne Arundel Community College.
Also on the list are visits to a teen-infant program at Meade High School and Sarah's House, a 100-bed homeless shelter. Neall also plans to visit Meade Village, wherehe will see a new health center and a library built in a renovated town house.
The last stop on his tour will take him to Gambrills, where he will meet with Ray Jerman, owner of Jerman's IGA grocery, andDave Kaufmann, owner of Kaufmann's Tavern. Both businesses have suffered since the state closed access to the Gambrills Road-Route 32 intersection.
Neall will have lunch at the Fort Meade's Officers Club, where he will hear about recent changes at the the Army post from its garrison commander, Col. Kent D. Menser.
The day will end with a community forum with Neall, which will start at 7:30 p.m. at Arundel High School.