Route 100: Plan D Not As DestructiveI am appalled that my...


February 28, 1993

Route 100: Plan D Not As Destructive

I am appalled that my county councilman, Vernon Gray, is once again at the lead to push Route 100 through Hunt Country Estates. It is known that Mr. Gray has received numerous contributions from the developer, Macks and Macks. . . . I'm sure that this connection is driving Mr. Gray to push this road literally through my neighborhood.

The first time this occurred was back in 1985 when the State Highway Administration and the county said that they didn't know that Hunt Country Estates existed. I have numerous documents that show SHA and the county positively knew the existence of our development.

The push through Hunt Country Estates was so that the developer/builder Macks and Macks could build more condo units in Montgomery Run. Vernon Gray was at the helm back then. Funny how he could knock on my and my neighbors' doors for votes yet contend he didn't know we existed. . . .

Once again Mr. Gray is pushing for an alignment, SHA Option C, which would condemn four homes and voluntarily buy out four others on Fetlock Court, rather than Alignment D, which would take no homes or condos and would have the least wetland impact to the pristine Deep Run Creek.

Why would a representative of the people be in favor of an alignment which would destroy existing homes in favor of some future development? I'll tell you. The county wants mixed use zoning (MXD) on the Curtis Farm and the Maryland Husbandry Farm. Apparently, Macks and Macks (remember them?) has been negotiating with the Curtis family for about 10 years to develop this property.

The sensible thing to do is to vote for Option D. It would take no homes or condos. Second, it minimizes the impact to Deep Run Creek. And the county can still develop the Animal Husbandry Farm and the Curtis Farm, just to a lesser degree.

On the issue of MXD, no one in the community wants this zoning anyway. As for those who thought that the Curtis Farm wouldn't be developed because of its historic status, they're wrong. Mr. Curtis can do anything he wants to make it more difficult for the SHA to put a road through it. . . .

It is long overdue that we have a council representative who looks out for his/her constituents rather than the interests of an out-of-county developer and one constituent who has ties to that developer.

Lori Lease

Ellicott City


As a resident of the Wheatfield community, I'd like to comment on a recent characterization of our community by The Sun. An editorial (Jan. 15) linked Wheatfield with the so-called "no-growthers" in the current debate in the county over growth vs. no-growth.

To the contrary, Wheatfield is on record in support of growth. We've endorsed the development plan that's in place for the parcel of land between Long Gate Parkway and Route 29 which calls for a mix of commercial and residential uses. Wheatfield does not oppose growth.

What we do oppose is a zoning re-classification that would permit a Wal-Mart-type retail outlet to be built across the street from our homes. That's a far cry from embracing the status quo. And by the way, the name of our community is Wheatfield, not Wheatfields.

Dale Swecker

Ellicott City

Defending Talbott Springs

Recently, the Howard County media has been filled with charges and counter-charges involving such topics as Centennial High vs. Wilde Lake High and St. Johns Lane Elementary vs Centennial Elementary. It all makes for interesting reading except that my children's elementary school, Talbott Springs, keeps getting mixed up in these discussions.

On Feb. 7, you published a letter under the title "Why The Fight Over Centennial" that was really about Talbott Springs Elementary School.

As a 13-year resident of the Hopewell area of Owen Brown, the letter has me concerned. The writer implies that all parents of Hopewell petitioned the school board to move our children. Most residents of Hopewell didn't know about the petition until it was too late. Hopewell residents who wanted to testify against any changes went to a school board meeting last spring but could not add any rebuttal. . . . The school to which the petitioning residents wanted to move their children was Atholton Elementary, as far away from my house as is Talbott Springs. . . .

The writer also suggests that Talbott Springs is an inferior school. Not every aspect of education can be measured. The most important asset for any school is its staff -- teachers, administrators and non-professional crew.

In the four years that my children have been attending Talbott Springs, they have had very good, caring teachers -- teachers that would complement any elementary school in the county. The administrative office staff seems to know every student in the school by name and cares about their well-being. The Talbott Springs community is actively involved in school planning and has a very active PTA. The students appear happy and enthusiastic about learning.

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