Letters to the Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 06, 2005

Citizens must make their voices heard

On Tuesday, the citizens of Aberdeen will have the opportunity to make their voices heard by voting for candidates for mayor and City Council. After the last vote is counted, the residents will have chosen five citizens to represent them for the next two years. But this is only the first step.

Aberdeen is not the sleepy little town it was just a few years ago. There have been many changes and there are many more still to come. Look around the city and see the construction already under way downtown and in almost every neighborhood. Federal projects such as OPUS and BRAC will have a tremendous effect on the city and all of Harford in the near future.

Aberdeen citizens have the right to be informed of all plans presented to the city and in a timely manner that allows for public input and discussion in every step of the process. Advance notice of all meeting agendas, development proposals and annexation requests should be published in local newspapers, as well as in the city's e-citizen newsletter and on its Web site, Aberdeen-md.org. A brief description of the topics to be discussed should be included.

If uncontrolled, unplanned growth continues, Aberdeen will become just another hotel and shopping district sandwiched between Route 40 and I-95. The residential properties in its path will fall like dominos - the "village atmosphere" will cease to exist.

Planning Commission meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7:30 p.m. Attend a meeting at YOUR City Hall and let YOUR voice be heard, not just on Election Day but again and again.

Karen Heavey

Aberdeen

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