Council Sympathetic As Lamenters Seek Slice Of Budget

April 12, 1992|By James M. Coram | James M. Coram,Staff writer

Last week's hearing on the proposed capital budget for fiscal 1993 was a three-hour litany of laments -- special-interest groups beseeching the County Council to hear them.

Soccer players lamented payinguser fees to play on fields they say are deteriorating.

Marriottsville residents lamented the possibility that nearby Alpha Ridge landfill -- which they thought would be closing soon -- may be expanded.

Simpsonville residents lamented a lack of county water and sewers in their neighborhood, and Louis Mangione of Turf ValleyEnterprises lamented an attempt to force county water and a sewer through his.

All received some degree of sympathy from the council.

When Terrence E. Olver and Michael Phillips told the council they wanted better fields, better treatment and more respect from the Recreation and Parks Department, Shane Pendergrass, D-1st, told them theywere not alone.

"I want you to know that you're not being singledout as a sport," she said. "I seem to hear the same complaint from everyone who plays on fields in Howard County, which concerns me. I'm not sure what we're doing wrong."

Pendergrass told Recreation and Parks Director Jeffrey A. Bourne she thought it was time "to sit downwith leaders from all the sports in Howard County and do some kind of needs assessment."

After Donald Gill told the council "it is a disgrace that only 20 percent of the county has recycling of such basics as aluminum, glass and paper," and that the county should be should be looking at composting and other alternatives, C. Vernon Gray, D-3rd, supported him.

"I agree with you that we need strong recycling, composting and (a) waste-to-energy" facility, Gray said.

DarrelDrown, R-2nd, said he was "leaning toward incineration" after Gill called landfills "a very misguided and dangerous use of county funds."Drown wanted to know how Gill felt about that.

"Incineration requires a small volume of land," Gill said, "but has dangers of air pollution." Whatever the county does, it would do it better by using the so-called Chase Manhattan site near Route 175 and Interstate 95, Gillsaid.

Rabbi Kenneth Cohen appeared to win support for a project that would extend county water and sewers to 22 properties on GuilfordRoad near the Harriet Tubman Center in Simpsonville.

Unless the project is approved, Beth Shalom synagogue could not be built and "will go down a non-existent sewer," Cohen said. "When we walk though thearea, we think we're in the 1930s because a depression is going on there. There are still people in that area who use outhouses. We hope to be part of the gentrification of that neighborhood."

"I'm very pleased the project has come this far and hope that there will be no problem," Pendergrass said.

Mangione told the council he opposed aproject to obtain easements on his family's property for construction of a sewer to serve Waverly Woods II, a proposed commercial, residential and golfing village at Marriottsville Road between Interstate 70 and Route 99.

"Constitutionally, government cannot take propertyfor private parties," Mangione said. "It must show a public purpose and benefit."

Mangione said the assumption the county will allow development of the Waverly Woods village near his family's Turf Valleygolf course puts the family at a disadvantage in easement negotiations with Waverly property owners.

Pendergrass said she wanted county Public Works Director James M. Irvin to explain in a work session why the project was being put forward at this time when the Waverly property is still zoned for rural use.

Owners of the Waverly property have petitioned the Zoning Board to change the zoning to a variety of uses that would allow development of the village.

The fact thatthe county is requesting money for easements on the Mangione property now assumes a zoning decision has been made on the Waverly property, Farragut said.

Mangione agreed. "Let's do one thing at a time inproper sequence," he said.

The council will conduct a budget worksession at 10 a.m. April 23.

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