Name change considered for community association

September 29, 1997|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

For more than 30 years, Elkridge Community Association has lobbied on behalf of more than 400 homeowners on such issues as a controversial solid-waste trash transfer station and a single ZIP code for the area.

That could all change -- not the purpose, but the name.

Members are considering changing the group's name because the area the association represents has grown to include parts of Dorsey, Ellicott City, Hanover and Jessup.

Members weighed in with their votes for a new name during the group's meeting Thursday night, according to Daniel Vaccaro, an association board member who distributed a survey.

Vaccaro said the question arose after members realized that the 1st District -- which the association represents -- includes not only Elkridge.

"We're talking about changing the name to incorporate all of the communities that fall under our jurisdiction," said Vaccaro, who represents the Meadowridge area. "We just want to make sure that everyone we are representing has a voice, and I think that starts in the name."

Kevin Doyle, who chairs the planning and zoning committee of the group, agreed.

"We want to let others know that they can come to the organization," Doyle said. "If they have concerns, we can help."

Nancy Couch, a board member who represents the Dorsey area, said the name has occasionally hindered her ability to recruit new members in her community.

"You tell them to join and they say, 'Why should we join Elkridge? We live in Dorsey,' " Couch said. "It's frustrating."

Elkridge Community Association was founded in 1967 to represent local homeowners. The group's first name was Elkridge-Hanover Improvement Association, but was changed to its current name several years later.

Dorothy Owens, one of the original co-founders, said she doesn't mind a name change.

"As long as they keep Elkridge in it," Owens said.

The results of the survey will be announced during the association's November meeting.

The popular choice seems to be Greater Elkridge Community Association -- which satisfies Doyle.

"I don't want any great change," he said. "I think we have a track record with what we have, and we have some name recognition."

Pub Date: 9/29/97

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