Agents should navigate clauses on developmentYour June 16...

LETTERS

July 05, 1998

Agents should navigate clauses on development

Your June 16 article, "Legislator writing bill to inform homebuyers," was welcome news.

Many years ago, I wish there had been such a bill. Real estate agents have their own agendas, and they are not the same as the buyers'. I lost 14 feet of property because frontage had grown over onto the county road. When further development started, we were in for a big surprise.

No one had told us when we purchased that half our front yard was on county property. I'm sure there are courthouse files that contain such information, but few buyers then or now would have the savvy to investigate.

We enlist the help of real estate agents, assuming that they adhere to a code of ethics. Sadly, this is not always true. I support, as I hope others will, Del. John Leopold's bill to make public documents a requirement of a real estate agent's sales portfolio.

Joyce C. Robinson

Glen Burnie

Parking in front of home raises flap

I'm sick of notes being placed on my cars from Long Point residents. Many residents park in front of their house. I did too until the Long Point Association stopped me.

The road in front of my house belongs to the association, so I have to park on county roads. Sandbar Lane and Twickenham Road are county roads.

I don't want to infringe on my neighbors' space, so I offered to clear and maintain the entire 25-foot dirt road, which also would give my neighbors added parking for their cars, for allowing me to park in front of my property.

The association continually tried to stop any improvement of the road and rejected our offer. The police were called when I parked on Twickenham.

I'm not parking illegally.

If my neighbors don't like where I am forced to park, I'm sorry, but take it up with the association.

I've had the air let out of my tires three times in one month. I had inspectors searching for problems that weren't there because the association made statements to such.

For three years, our kids haven't been swimming in our pool because the association has been fighting my variance.

We want to be left alone.

Tom and Eileen Guthmann

Pasadena

County roadside fee hurts senior vendors

Anne Arundel's $250 licensing fee for persons selling crafts and other small dollar items along roadways is completely unfair to young people and seniors, such as myself.

The fee is charged to anyone selling wares along the road.

We do this to get a little spending money for Christmas and to supplement our Social Security.

I have had discussed the fee structure with Anne Arundel County Councilman James "Ed" DeGrange Sr. and with Victor Sulin and Ann Hatcher of the Department of Planning and Code Enforcement.

They all seem to agree that as the fee structure now stands, it is unfair to some. But no one knows how to fix it.

Since my last conversation with these representatives, I have called Mr. DeGrange's office three times. I have yet to get a return call.

We all get old and need a hand in doing things we want to do.

After being born, raised and living in Anne Arunel County all my life, I do not think it fair to be penalized after retirement for having a hobby that makes me golfing money for summer.

V.E. Lohrmann Sr.

Pasadena

Candidates: Owens for county executive

Janet Owens is the correct choice for Anne Arundel County executive in 1998.

She has been endorsed by the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County because she is the only candidate who is committed to the public school system and she recognizes the fundamental importance of schools to our county's future.

She would not engage in power struggles, name-calling or mud-slinging. She is concerned about what is needed and what is right for our young people and she will provide the leadership to do just that.

Robert C. Grimm

Millersville

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Janet Owens' environmental record is impressive. A decade ago, she initiated weekly testing of the Severn River near her Millersville community so that when coliform levels are high, parents can keep their kids out of the water.

At her home, she is now struggling heroically to save eight very old oaks, the largest in Anne Arundel north of the Cumberstone Road area.

Ms. Owens placed part of her 60-acre family farm in South County into the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program. In fulfilling its requirements, she has put special effort into planting environmentally protective grasses.

In the late 1980s, she helped to stop Genstar from mining next to Jug Bay. Her farm is located close to the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and the Patuxent River Natural Resource Management Area.

With Janet Owens as county executive, Anne Arundel will, as she says, "no longer be 'Waiverworld,' a developer's paradise."

H. Catherine Armiger

Lothian

Murphy for County Council in District 3

Do we need a raceway in Pasadena's backyard? Severn didn't want it. Middle River didn't want it. Why would our council representative feel we would want it?

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