More hap­pened at town hall meet­ing than WCD

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

I read with in­ter­est the lead ar­ti­cle ti­tled “WCD is­sues boil over in town hall meet­ing” (Mary­land In­de­pen­dent, Feb. 17). I’m con­cerned this ar­ti­cle only ad­dressed the is­sue of the Wa­ter­shed Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict (WCD) without men­tion­ing the other topics and con­cerns dis­cussed dur­ing this town hall meet­ing. These topics in­cluded:

• The sched­uled open­ing of Hugh­esville’s Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land Cam­pus;

• The pur­chase of a new book­mo­bile for ru­ral and un­der­served re­gions of the county;

• On­go­ing side­walk and road con­struc­tion in our neigh­bor­hoods to in­clude a de­tailed dis­cus­sion about the Western Park­way and Billings­ley Road con­struc­tion projects;

• An in­no­va­tive state grant to re­duce opi­oid abuse through a pre­scrip­tion drug turn-in pro­gram at lo­cally-owned phar­ma­cies;

• A cit­i­zenry rec­om­men­da­tion to re­duce lit­ter and trash by re­quir­ing lo­cal busi­nesses to in­stall trash cans on their prop­erty;

• The sta­tus of ne­go­ti­a­tions with Com­cast to en­cour­age ex­pan­sion of broad­band ac­cess to un­der­served ru­ral ar­eas of the county;

• A dis­cus­sion on new eco­nomic devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties un­der­way at Wal­dorf Sta­tion;

• A pro­gram to pro­mote af­ford­able hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for teach­ers, first re­spon­ders and other low-in­come res­i­dents.

The Mary­land In­de­pen­dent should, of course, re­port about ac­tions and protests both for and against the WCD, but they should not in­ten­tion­ally ig­nore town hall topics and is­sues that are also vi­tally im­por­tant to the res­i­dents of Charles County.

Thomas J. Brown, Hugh­esville

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