Columbia Council will allow county to use land for park

January 17, 1993|By Mark Guidera | Mark Guidera,Staff Writer

The Columbia Council has approved allowing the county to use land in the Village of Owen Brown as part of a ball field complex the county is planning.

The agreement requires that the county assume responsibility for maintaining a sediment control pond nearby.

The county Department of Parks and Recreation plans to develop a neighborhood park on land at the corner of Oakland Mills Road and Homespun Lane. The park will include softball, soccer and football fields, and a tot lot.

The county owns most of the land as part of a future elementary school site. The Columbia Association owns about 2.2 acres adjacent to that land,which it will now license the county to use for the park.

The council approved the agreement at a meeting Thursday.

At the same meeting, the council decided to ask its volunteer budget committee to look into four issues.

Those issues are:

* Reviewing the Columbia Association's construction bidding process to see if it needs improvement.

* Reviewing whether the association should adopt the same format municipalities use for financial statements.

* Analyzing whether the association's system of allocating a portion of expenses and revenues of its so-called "Package Plan" memberships to all areas of its budget is sound.

* Analyzing whether the association's financial projections for a proposed golf course are accurate.

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