We need to listen and engage on Clarksville plans

Letters to the editor

August 26, 2011

County residents expect a lot out from their local government, and we want our neighborhoods to thrive. I believe that the Howard County government is trying to improve my community. I don't always agree with the county, but that doesn't mean it is not working in our best interest, though it might not always be obvious.

My neighbors and I talk a lot about what we think Clarksville will look like in the next five to 10 years, and we seem to circle back to one sentiment: We don't want Route 108 to grow and change without a plan. I do believe that County government and County Executive Ken Ulman are trying to prevent that from happening and recognize the importance of road and pedestrian safety.

There needs to be greater and improved access to the River Hill Village Center and the many other storefronts that line Route 108. I look forward to learning more about what the county hopes to accomplish with the old Gateway School site to address these concerns, and to add amenities to our community.

Now is the time for us to be engaged and to listen, not to be dismissive and irreverent.

Andrea Holz

Clarksville

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