Planning commission studies Obrecht Road alternatives

June 03, 1993|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

Surrounded by maps, charts, traffic studies and their own Small Town Planning Guidelines, the Sykesville Planning Commission met in a work session last night with county planners. All discussion was geared to finding a solution to the Obrecht Road controversy.

"This is like a rap session, only for dialogue to get commission members' thoughts together," said Town Manager James L. Schumacher.

The Town Council has charged the commission with making a recommendation on realigning the road by June 14. The Planning Commission will meet Monday for one final discussion with town residents before making its decision.

Mr. Schumacher provided pro-and-con lists for the two proposed alternatives: either extending Obrecht to Third Avenue or looping it around Fairhaven Retirement Center.

"The purpose of the new road will be to get people from developments in the west of town out to Route 32," said Councilman Jonathan Herman, council liaison to the commission.

Town Engineer Bob Bond said that, eventually, the town may need both roads.

Mayor Kenneth W. Clark attended the session and spoke from the audience.

"Weigh all the pros and cons and look at every possible action," he said. "Get back to square one and make all your objectives clear."

Planning Commission Chairman Dennis Karr said he wanted members to understand all choices before Monday's meeting, at which he said he expects many public comments.

He suggested that members "exercise caution and don't express an opinion" during the work session.

"How can we satisfy new growth and transit demands without changing the complexion of Sykesville?" he asked.

Edmond "Ned" Cueman, county planning director, said the county's proposed loop around Fairhaven, estimated to cost $1.2 million, would alleviate many local traffic problems.

"The loop will give you more capacity," he said. "But anything you do will be better than what you have."

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