Dear Gov. O’Malley:
On Oct. 21, I attended the monthly LaVale Civic Improvement Association meeting and asked them to write a letter of support, to you, for my Streetscape plan in the area of what I call lower LaVale. Specifically, from Long Drive east to the intersection of Routes 36 and 40 in the Narrows.
My Streetscape plan would add a third lane, sidewalks, lights and appropriate drainage improvements as well as a bicycle lane in both directions in lower LaVale.
To do this, the state needs to get the 50 people who park their cars on this state highway to instead park on their driveways like everyone else on National Highway currently does.
I convinced Gov. Parris Glendening in February 2000 to do a similar Streetscape project from Long Drive west to the Maryland state police barracks.
This $7 million improvement has greatly increased the flow of automobile traffic, the flow of rainwater and most importantly, provided a safe walking area for parents, their children as well as their dog.
So governor, at the end of the civic improvement meeting I asked them to make a motion to send you a letter similar to this one, big mistake. They chose to adjourn without taking action. It did not surprise me.
My good friend and delegate, Kevin Kelly, takes great pride in telling me that the $7 million Streetscape project funding was approved by his friend Republican Gov. Bobbie Ehrlich Jr. He never gives any credit to Democratic Gov. Parris Glendening for starting the project.
What kind of Democrat is Delegate Kevin Kelly? I guess when you accept $6,000 from the Bob Ehrlich for Maryland Committee campaign fund, as Delegate Kevin Kelly did; you are obligated to say nice things about the former Republican Gov. Ehrlich.
Because the LaVale Civic Improvement Association does not have the guts, I will ask that you provide funding in your F.Y. 2015 budget so that the 13,000 vehicles that use this road daily will not have to contend with these 50 selfish citizens and their parked automobiles.
I asked the same thing of your Secretary of Transportation, James Smith Jr., when he visited Allegany County on Oct. 3.
Kevin M. Shaffer
Dear Gov. O’Malley:
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