Incorporation study to get village board's help

June 12, 1996|By Dan Morse | Dan Morse,SUN STAFF

The Kings Contrivance Village Board will chip in $100 to help fund a $4,000 study on whether Columbia should be incorporated as a city, a pro-incorporation group announced yesterday.

Kings Contrivance voters -- responding to questions posed during the April 20 village elections -- indicated they don't necessarily want incorporation but are willing to study the idea.

Last week, the village board voted 4-2 to donate $100 to the University of Maryland's Institute for Governmental Service, which is conducting the study. Hans Meeder, Myles Larkin, John Kaye and Margy LaFond voted yes. Guy Guzzone and Barbara Steely, the chairman and vice chairwoman respectively, voted no. Chuck Rees, an incorporation activist, abstained.

Kings Contrivance voters showed mixed feelings about incorporation.

When asked, "Do you think Columbia should be incorporated?" 52 answered yes, 89 answered no and 37 were undecided, said Anne Dodd, the Kings Contrivance village manager.

When asked, "Do you support the village board contributing money for a study of incorporation?" 87 answered yes, 80 answered no and 9 were undecided, Dodd said.

The study will cost more than $4,000, said Jim Clark, president of the Columbia Municipal League, the pro-incorporation group.

Gang attacks boy, 14, outside east branch library

A 14-year-old Columbia boy was beaten and robbed by a gang of males outside a Columbia library branch Saturday afternoon, Howard County police said.

The victim was not seriously injured in the attack in the 6600 block of Cradlerock Way, police said.

The boy was walking across the parking lot of Howard County Library's East Columbia Branch about 4: 40 p.m. Saturday when about six males got out of a van and confronted him, police said.

The males struck the victim, took his gym bag and wallet and fled in the van, police said.

The victim could not give police a detailed description of the people who attacked him.

Police log

Long Reach: 8800 block of Centre Park Drive: Someone pried open a construction trailer door Saturday or Sunday and stole a generator, a saw and a welding tool.

Owen Brown: 9200 block of Berger Road: Someone threw a rock through the glass front door of Meineke Muffler Saturday or Sunday, ransacked an office and took the cash register drawer. A similar burglary was attempted at nearby Sparks Car Care Sunday morning, but police said that window didn't break.

Pub Date: 6/12/96

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