East Columbia

July 28, 1993

Court hearing rescheduled

A Howard Circuit Court hearing on the Long Reach village election controversy has been postponed until tomorrow at 2 p.m.

The hearing was originally scheduled for yesterday, but was postponed because Judge Cornelius F. Sybert Jr. was on vacation.

The Long Reach Community Association and the Columbia Association have entered motions asking for a summary judgment in the lawsuit filed by former Columbia Council member Gail Bailey. Summary judgment is a procedure for quickly disposing of a case and avoiding a trial if it is determined that facts are not in dispute.

Dr. Bailey has asked the court to uphold her original victory in the Long Reach village election for Columbia Council. Her April 24 win was later invalidated by village officials, who determined that voting rules had been interpreted incorrectly. They said they erroneously allowed two apartment building owners to cast ballots for each of their units. Those 276 votes swung the outcome in Dr. Bailey's favor.

A second election was scheduled. Roy T. Lyons won the June 5 election and was seated as a council member.

Dr. Bailey has asked the court for interpretations of several aspects of Long Reach village's voting rights rules as outlined in its covenants, such as whether apartment owners are entitled to one vote for each dwelling unit and what type of identification is required to vote.


* Oakland Mills: 5600 block of Stevens Forest Road: A naked man wearing only an undetermined piece of green clothing on his head tapped on a resident's window and waved before fleeing, police said.

7200 block of Oakland Mills Road: A light blue 1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88 with Pennsylvania license plates was stolen early Saturday morning.

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