Ap­pre­cia­tive for hospi­tal’s prompt re­sponse to dump­ing con­cern

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

On Oct. 28, a beau­ti­ful Fri­day morn­ing on Wi­comico Street in La Plata, a ce­ment mixer truck dumped the last lit­tle bit of its load across from my front door onto one of the four empty lots across from my home. I had seen a grow­ing num­ber of th­ese ce­ment mole hills pop up in this area since the Univer­sity of Mar yland Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Re­gional Cen­ter bought the res­i­den­tial zoned prop­er­ties and razed the homes that once oc­cu­pied them. I watched as the ce­ment was de­posited and the driver then hosed out the chute send­ing more sludge and muck out onto the ground. Bright cit­i­zen that I am, I re­al­ized this prob­a­bly should not be hap­pen­ing here. Isn’t this area in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Wa­ter­shed? Are there ce­ment or con­struc­tion yards or any place where maybe the wa­ter is cap­tured and cleaned and the ce­ment re­cy­cled?

I took some pic­tures, greeted the driver and asked him who had au­tho­rized him to dump ce­ment and clean his truck right here. He ges­tured to­ward the hospi­tal from the top of his truck and told me, “The Big Boss over there. He owns all this,” end­ing his re­mark with a wave of his arm that en­com­passed the block upon which the hospi­tal sits.

Now for many of us liv­ing on Wi­comico Street any­thing “hospi­tal” is a sen­si­tive sub­ject. We did not like to see those homes de­mol­ished to make a park­ing lot some­day. Right then those ce­ment mole hills turned into moun­tains of ir­ri­ta­tion. I called La Plata Town Hall and left a mes­sage about what I’d seen. Mr. Aaron Mos­rie, as­sis­tant man­ager of in­spec­tions, re­turned my call that very af­ter­noon as well as for­ward­ing my con­cerns to his con­tact at the hospi­tal. Within min­utes of hang­ing up with Mr. Mos­rie, Lauri Cress, di­rec­tor of fa­cil­i­ties ser­vices at the hospi­tal, called me. She spoke with me sev­eral times over the next few days to gather in­for­ma­tion and as­sure me she would do all she could to ad­dress my con­cerns. Mr. Mos­rie and Ms. Cress were prompt, cour­te­ous, and con­cerned about this sit­u­a­tion. I ap­pre­ci­ated the time and ef­fort they went to to cor­rect the prob­lem and the kind­ness they showed to me. In less than a week, I no­ticed the ce­ment mole hills were gone and the area was smoothed over as was my moun­tain of up­set. So, I’m back to mak­ing the best of neigh­bor­ing with the hospi­tal and I’m glad I called La Plata Town Hall.

Kathy Cox, La Plata

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