As Ronald Reagan repeatedly pointed out “facts are stubborn things” — and these are the facts: a new park has not been built in Brooklyn Park in 30 years; a new school has not been built in nearly 50 years! What gets built is a MAGLEV or light rail or an airport or a casino.
That is outrageous and unfair.
More than 30 percent of the County’s population lives in Ferndale, Brooklyn Park, Pumphrey, Glen Burnie, Hanover, Severn and Linthicum. County Council District 1 is the economic engine for this county; yet, we see no where near the resulting benefits to our communities.
For far too long, our neighborhoods have been ignored by county government. When it comes to benefits, our zip codes never seem to make the list. We have watched as county dollars were steered towards Annapolis, Crofton, Severna Park, and Arnold. We have heard the same election year promises but have then watched ribbon cuttings around other parts of the county for new schools and new parks and similar benefits.
Well, County Council District 1 residents have finally been heard by a County Executive with real vision and a real plan for our area. Steve Schuh has proposed buying more than 100 acres for a regional park and future school site off of Belle Grove Road in Brooklyn Park thru a $28 million land acquisition program.
Schuh’s vision is not just limited to North County. Every county resident would benefit from the County Executive’s proposed land acquisition program. Residents in Pasadena, South Glen Burnie, West County, and South County will also see land preserved from wide scale, residential or commercial development thanks to Schuh’s program.
West County residents would finally see land purchased for a regional park. Under Steve’s plan everyone, regardless of zip code, could see real quality of life benefits.
We cannot and must not let the opportunity that County Executive Schuh’s leadership offers us slip through our fingers. The County Council should follow Steve Schuh’s lead now.
I am grateful that our current County Executive has the fortitude and vision to focus on our area and improve our lives as he has proposed. The current county council should step up to the plate now and make his vision for our community a reality. It’s frankly long overdue.
Kim Burns, a Linthicum resident, is a candidate for County Council District 1. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.