Update on Route 100
From: Councilman C. Vernon Gray
An open letter to Valerie McGuire:
I regret that you have misrepresented my communication with you over the last four months.
According to my records, I received your Jan. 31, 1992, letter on Feb. 3, 1992, regarding your suggestions for better coordination of the permit process among county, state and federal agencies.
On Feb. 10, 1992, I wrote to Joseph Rutter, director of the Department of Planning and Zoning, asking him to review your letter and to offer his opinion on your recommendations, sending you a copy of this memo.
On March 11, 1992, I received Mr. Rutter's response to your suggestions. He indicated the county was already implementing them through Council Bill 66, which provides for a coordinated review of environmental permit tracking among government agencies. Unfortunately, I was remiss in not sending you a copy of Mr. Rutter's response. I am enclosing it for your review.
In addition, over the past four months, I have spoken with you on several occasions to discuss various alternative alignments to Route 100, primarily your proposal of the Lazy S design.
My assistant, Sharon Rogers, also communicated with you and honored your request to meet with the council by speaking with the chairperson and executive secretary to arrange a meeting.
You were sent a copy of a memo I wrote to the chairman, Paul Farragut, with your request and were scheduled for a Council work session, but that did not materialize, unfortunately.
I will continue to keep you up to date on the State Highway Administration's schedule for a public hearing on the Route 100 alignment. If you have any other concerns to discuss, please feel free to contact me.
Protest CA tax rise
From: Alex Hekimian
Many homeowners on the west side of Columbia have been opening up their July 1 Columbia Association tax bills and finding that their taxes have gone up 20 to 40 percent or more!
Last year, homeowners on the east side were hit with similar increases. It's no wonder that the people of Columbia are so upset.
It's unconscionable for CA to reap such a windfall on the backs of Columbians who are trying to cope with the lingering effects of the recession. And to make matters worse, CA is wasting much of the windfall on highly questionable non-essential expenditures.
Earlier this year, the Columbia Council made a token gesture by reducing the CA tax rate by 2 cents per $100 of assesed valuation of property. This is a step in the right direction, but obviously nowhere near the amount of reduction sought by residents.
If you agree that more substantial tax relief, such as a 5 percent cap on annual assessment increases (similar to the county's policy), is needed, let the Columbia Council representative from your village know how you feel.
Also, add your voice to the many Columbians seeking tax relief by sending a note to: The Alliance for a Better Columbia, P.O. Box 735, Columbia, Md. 21045.
(Alex Hekimian is president of Alliance for a Better Columbia.)
Thanks for snow cones
From: Amy Peckerar
Clarksville Elementary Recreation Center
It is nice to know that in this time of tight budgets and cutting back, there are still people willing to help others.
Howard County Recreation and Parks began its annual recreation program on June 29. In order to make our first day a success, Mike Smith, Don Bridges and Mark Maynard, of Dobbin Shell's Gas and Grocery, donated their time and equipment to supply our children with wonderful snow cones. Thirty campers were very grateful for their refreshing hospitality! Not only did these gentlemen take an hour out of their business day to visit us, but they did so with jokes and smiles for all.
The children and staff of Clarksville Elementary Recreation would like to thank Mike, Don and Mark for making our first day of camp so deliciously fun!
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