Worry is spreading through the city like a computer virus! And the council is jumping to respond like an eager IT department.
The mayor must have reached for the Hotline. The State Highway Administration head administrator has been summoned by state representative Heather Mizeur to explain SHA’s intentions for Route 410 at the next city council meeting. Mizeur’s e-mail to constituents “in response to the outpouring of community concern over this situation” invites residents to the meeting, November 8, at 8 pm in the city council chambers.
She wrote that Neil Pedersen, SHA head administrator, was “enthusiastic about clearing up any concerns the community has and agreed immediately to join us.”
MIzeur and her staff have been involved in city negotiations with SHA, she said, for 11 months. She assured constituents, “All parties are in agreement that the exchange be done in a way that assures 410 is never widened through Takoma Park, either now or in the future.”
Mizeur said, “Public engagement and input is always helpful, and it will be good to get everyone on the same page.”
Councilmembers have also sent out explanatory, mollifying e-mails to local discussion lists.
The Right Words
The Road Transfer quote we gave you in our last post was incorrect. We quoted from the draft available online at the city’s web site. But the version the city council ALMOST voted for was modified. The modifications were as the SHA requested.
The new wording was “SHA has no plans to revise the number of through lanes or major transportation features of MD 410 and MD 195 and agrees that it would consult with the City of Takoma Park before undertaking any major changes to either of these roadways.”
The OLD language seems weaker. “SHA agrees to comply with the provision of the Takoma Park Master Plan regarding numbers of through lanes and other transportation features of MD 410 and MD 195 within the City of Takoma Park.”
In the new wording from the SHA, they say up front they have no plan to widen Route 410, and if they change their mind, they agree to consult with the city about it. They no longer hang the agreement on the Takoma Park Master Plan, now it is hung on that consultation with the city, which the way Your Gilbert reads it, is more direct and stronger.