Howard County Councilman Charles Feaga is taking aim at a Carroll County proposal to establish a shooting range on a parcel that sits on the border between the two counties. But the gentleman farmer isn't turning this into a nasty skirmish. Mr. Feaga just wants Carroll officials to consider the noise the range is likely to create and to alter the plans to take into consideration residents in his district.
Some have already said Mr. Feaga should stick to minding things on his side of the border. In fact, the councilman's approach is well justified and reasonable. Relations between counties have grown increasingly interdependent in recent years. Officials from the various jurisdictions are increasingly turning toward cooperative ways of solving large-scale problems.
Even now, Baltimore area counties are working on plans for regional solid-waste management and compliance with the state's reforestation laws.
When one county considers doing something on its border that will affect residents in a neighboring jurisdiction then, of course, the concerns of the neighboring county should be considered.