Redmond anxious to get after those jammed schools and roads ELECTION 1994

November 11, 1994|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,Sun Staff Writer

With a two-year campaign behind him, 3rd District County Councilman-elect Thomas Redmond is looking forward to getting to work and making good on his campaign promises.

Crowded schools and congested roads were the issues that defined the race between Mr. Redmond, the owner of a towing and auto parts company, and the Republican incumbent, Carl G. "Dutch" Holland.

Waivers to the adequate-facilities law granted to developers in recent years allowed construction of houses even though the roads and schools were at or near capacity.

Chesterfield resident and PTA activist Carolyn Roeding said voters want leaders to clamp down on any more development.

"I think the voters are now expecting more from their elected officials. They're putting them in there for a specific reason and it's to stop growth," Mrs. Roeding said.

Mr. Redmond agreed, noting that the rush to build in the XTC Mountain Road corridor has led to portable classrooms outside 3rd District schools and 2-mile backups for commuters attempting to get from Route 100 onto local roads.

He said he worries that development will ruin the community in which he has lived all his life.

"We could be turned into a nightmare; if we have bad schools and bad roads, it could hurt us to where people would not want to live here," he said in a recent interview.

The county administration -- specifically the Office of Planning and Code Enforcement -- grants the waivers, not the County Council. But Mr. Redmond said the council has other tools to get a handle on development, such as a building moratorium along the Mountain Road corridor that would be reviewed annually.

"The voters have sent a message that they want change. We just can't go on building," Mr. Redmond said. "[A moratorium] is the only solution. We have to control the growth right now."

Sitting in his Pasadena office, surrounded by model cars and tow trucks, Mr. Redmond said his other priorities include completing the Lake Shore Athletic Complex off Mountain Road and urging Pasadena's merchants to become more active in the neighborhoods.

"I want to pull all the resources in the community together," said the former Pasadena Business Association president. "If everyone can work toward the common goal of helping each other, I think more can be accomplished. The business community wants to help."

Mr. Redmond said he would like to call on some of his business connections to help build playing fields and supply equipment to the Lake Shore athletic complex.

"What we do for the children directly affects crime and jails," Mr. Redmond said. "Maybe if we had built better schools and sports complexes 20 years ago we wouldn't be talking about building a [Glen Burnie] jail now."

Mr. Redmond officially declared his candidacy in October 1992 and ran hard right up until Tuesday night. With the election behind him, all the 47-year-old businessman wants to talk about for the next few days is sunshine and relaxation.

"My wife and I haven't had a vacation for three years, not even a day," Mr. Redmond added, but he will remedy that with a five-day trip to Puerto Rico.

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