Elkridge Neighborhoods Divided by County Council

The County Council Monday approved an amended redistricting map that keeps two Ellicott City neighborhoods happy, may disappoint others.

Elkridge residents living on Ducketts Lane and Montgomery Road will be moving districts if the county executive signs a decision made by the County Council into law.

On Monday night, the council voted 3–2 to adopt an amended redistricting map sponsored by Council Chair Mary Kay Sigaty (D-District 4), that split neighborhoods on two Elkridge thoroughfares so that one side of the street is in District 1 and another side is in District 2.

Voting in favor of the amended map were Sigaty, Greg Fox (R–District 5) and Jennifer Terassa (D–District 3).

Courtney Watson (D-District 1) and Calvin Ball (D-District 2) voted against the map.

“I think it is important to note the that have been presented ,” Watson said before voting against the amendment. “Elkridge needs to also be represented by this council.”

Under Sigaty's proposal, the Ellicott City neighborhoods of Wheatfield and Brampton Hills will remain in District 1 as opposed to moving them to District 2, as several alternative maps would have done.

Sigaty said that the Elkridge division was appropriate because “it’s actually a full precinct," referring to election precincts. “Given other decisions made on precinct lines, that would be an appropriate thing to do.” 

Debbie Bures-Walker, who with Ellicott City neighbors in the Wheatfield and Brampton Hills advocated for staying in District 1, said she was “on pins and needles,” waiting for the vote Monday night.

Her relief, however, is tenuous. “If push comes to shove and [County Executive Ulman] starts hearing from Elkridge residents” who are unhappy with the changes, she is concerned that the map may not go into effect.

Greater Elkridge Community Association President Howard Johnson said that his next step would be pressing Ulman "to consider another map." 

Ulman has until March 15 to sign the new map into law. If he doesn’t, or if he vetoes it, the map recommended by the Redistricting Commission–which moves Wheatfield and Brampton Hills into District 2–would become law.

Bures-Walker asked a group of about 22 neighbors, who attended the meeting in what has become their , to appeal to Ulman “respectfully,” to sign the map into law. 

With reporting from Elkridge Patch Editor Elizabeth Janney.

djp952 March 06, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Ducketts Lane again. Are we like the focal point for controversy or what? I just want to live in peace and be left alone :(
Bernie Trenary March 06, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Oh trust me, djp, you're NOT ALONE!
djp952 March 06, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Let's face it though does it really matter what district we're in? I may be too disenfranchised by the events of the past year but I don't recall anyone in government ever asking my opinion on anything. Things are always a surprise, plans laid by people I've never met who have no direct interest in our affairs. Calling wondering when our road will be repaired, writing letters to express disgust about the school, figuring out how to get to work when they blow up Bauman for a fire house ... these things won't change no matter who represents us. I am certain they won't care about my family or livelihood any more than they have so the name on the placard really makes no difference to me in the end.
Robert Callahan March 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM
The Council had plenty of time and options and could have satisfied all concerned communities but chose not to. The Commission that drew up the plan had public hearings and they ignored all citizens. The Council tried to address some but none of them could agree on it. They'll all hear from us at the ballot box in the next election.
BK March 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I totally agree. It doesn't matter which district we are in - Elkridge has not been represented adequately as of late. That is evident with over 3000 building permits slated for 2014 and most of them will be in the Elkridge area. Smart growth is a foreign concept and I will be voting against ANY of the incumbents in upcoming elections.


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