Greens residents gripe about area's problems

April 23, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown met with about 30 residents of the Greens community last night to answer their questions and listen to their concerns.

He fielded questions ranging from lights on the nearby Jaycees ball fields to the establishment of a charter government in Carroll.

But Mr. Brown punctuated his answers with a message to the residents: Get involved with the political process.

"The city wants you all to be a part of what goes on in town. We want you to be active in politics," Mr. Brown said to residents of an area that turned out 24 voters in the 1989 local election.

"I have gone into the schools a number of times and even the young kids know that if you don't vote, you don't count."

Residents said they are still angered by the incomplete job the area's developer, Peer Construction Co. of Reisterstown, did in their 700-home community.

Peer Construction's failure to repair sidewalks, install curbs, correct drainage problems, and complete the street lighting has been a problem for residents and city for four years.

Mr. Brown said the city is seeking monetary damages from Peer Construction Co. to finish the public works projects.

The presence of a reporter at last night's meeting prevented him from going into detail about the case, Mr. Brown said.

Money for the project could have been provided by Maryland National Bank, which held the developer's performance bond and could have reimbursed the city for any of the company's unfinished public projects, but the letter of credit expired, unnoticed by the city government, in March 1989.

Two of the Westminster City Council candidates also attended last night's meeting of the Greens Homeowners Association.

Edward S. Callwell, who is running for re-election, and Dennis Frazier, a resident of the Greens, asked a few questions and stayed after the hour-long session to talk to citizens.

Former County Commissioner Lou Scharon, an agent with Long and Foster Realtors, commended the mayor and the city on street maintenance and trash and brush pick-up.

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