July 26, 2012
Proposed traffic improvements to the main artery of southern Anne Arundel County have stoked fears that a better road will undermine efforts to keep the area undeveloped. "We're trying to stop that," said Lothian resident Charlotte Smutko, who was on the citizens panel that helped devise the county's plan on how the area should grow. "That's our motto: Keep South County rural. " More than 80 people crowded into the Deale library branch recently to scrutinize the $10 million worth of projects state officials have proposed for Route 2, also known as Solomons Island Road.
July 25, 2012
I was surprised to read of the upcoming Baltimore County Council vote on rezoning the Solo Cup site in Owings Mills ("A boon for Owings Mills," July 19). County Councilwoman Vicki Almond has spoken positively about the rezoning and the Foundry Row Shopping Center from the start. Yet when faced with the demands of her constituents to be kept informed of the process, as well as to have input into rezoning decisions, she stated that she is undecided. It appears that she has political ties to former County Executive Jim Smith, and I believe her support for the rezoning is "unconditionally in favor of it" in part because Mr. Smith is involved, legally and financially, with the plans for Foundry Row. With such political ties, her vote will not reflect what is really the best for Baltimore County.
June 29, 2012
Responsible planning and growth policy calls for key infrastructure to be in place before the country government approves new development projects. In the case of the Solo Cup property in Owings Mills, that means the road improvements to relieve the congestion along Reisterstown Road need to in place before 400,000 square feet of new retail is approved. As CouncilmanKenneth N. Oliverrecently pointed out, state officials have barely begun two comprehensive studies of the Reisterstown Road corridor.
February 22, 2012
The following letter was sent to Laurel Mayor Craig Moe: The condition of Cherry Lane from Van Dusen to Route 197 continues to be a driving irritant to me and others. Extensive and expensive "repairs" continue to be made with little if any improvement in the actual driving conditions of that street; one of the most traveled streets of our city. This past summer major "repairs" were done with entire sections removed and redone. These very areas are now bumpier and rougher than before.
August 18, 2011
While I am sure that the vast majority of Baltimore residents will be happy with a Grand Prix result of $2 million a year in direct tax benefits to the city or a full $70 million in economic impact ("The Road to a Grand Prix ," Aug. 14), there is always the slippery slope of how much is projected to win the votes and backers needed for an event and the eventual result. Since my tax dollars supported the $7.75 million in road improvements, I would like to know how many city residents received the jobs which repaved the roads or erected the fences for the Grand Prix and if they were they paid a living wage.
June 2, 2011
Improvements to a section of Woodbine Road at Weller Drive will begin on or about June 13, according to county officials. The construction project, scheduled to be completed by the end of December, is expected to cause temporary lane closures along the stretch of road. Signs will be in place to direct traffic. Details and updates on the closures are available by calling 410-313-3638. The project will include pavement improvements, new curbs and gutters, roadside grading, and construction of a retaining wall, a drainage system and a storm water management pond.