Keeping public informed
From: William B. Waff
An open letter to County Councilwoman Shane Pendergrass, District 1:
The Savage Community Association would like to express its appreciation for your efforts concerning the proposal by Coca-Cola to locate a bottling plant at the former Freestate Raceway Property.
We applaud your intentions to keep the citizens informed from the beginning. Your visit to the Cincinnati bottling plant and the subsequent meeting with our communities provided us with the vital information despite the efforts of some to keep the proposal from the public.
The SCA feels that any developer, business or residential, must work with the adjacent communities from the beginning of the process. A project that cannot obtain citizen support should not be proposed or submitted.
One company that has worked with the communities from the beginning is Sanford Cos. Inc., the present developer of the Freestate property. In addition to our many concerns about the bottling plant, we did not want to see several years of cooperative efforts on Freestate wasted.
As our County Council representative, you have compiled a history of informing the community and have encouraged developers to work with the communities.
As a logical continuation of this philosophy, we understand that you will be introducing legislation in September on "public notification of plan submissions."
As you are aware, this effort was initiated by the Savage Community Association in 1990 and later gained the support of the Howard County Citizens Association. We plan to support this legislation and encourage other com
munity and homeowners groups to do so also.
(William B. Waff is the president of the Savage Community Association.)