- The Washington Times - Friday, January 28, 2000

Maryland legislators are readying another weapon in the battle to beat Gov. Parris N. Glendening's plan to kill the Intercounty Connector, a road long planned to connect Interstates 270 and 95 north of the Capital Beltway.
Montgomery County legislators Richard LaVay, a House Republican, and Jennie Forehand, a Senate Democrat, are drafting a bill that would require county and state governments to concur before any right-of-way could be sold when each owns land set aside for building a proposed road.
Although the legislators aim immediately to address the impasse Mr. Glendening, Democrat, created last year when he withdrew support for the road, the bill would apply to mixed ownership of rights-of-way for roads anywhere in the state.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., both Democrats, are working to craft bills that will address the ICC and future projects of statewide importance without encroaching on local rights. Their bills may be separate from Mrs. Forehand's and Mr. LaVay's.
Montgomery County Council President Michael Subin, a Democrat, said they don't need to do a thing.
"Everybody is trying to protect their rightful domain, but I don't believe it's necessary for the council or legislature to do anything to guarantee their prerogatives," Mr. Subin said.
Mr. Glendening's spokesman, Mike Morrill, called the moves "meaningless" a reference to standoffs that have blocked either killing or building the road.
The governor has refused to fund building the road and Treasurer Richard N. Dixon and Comptroller William Donald Schaefer have, by their two votes on the Board of Public Works, prevented him from selling state-owned rights-of-way.
Mr. Miller said if county officials would sign an agreement not to dispose of property they hold for the road until after the next election, he would agree not to file a bill.
Meanwhile, Mr. LaVay said he's building a coalition and a Web site to rally voters to support only candidates who will back the road, which they argue is needed to ease traffic congestion for both commuters and commerce.
But if the 40-year squabble over the ICC has proved anything, it's that it's not over till it's built.

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide