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COMING SOON TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: MEGA PROJECTS, TRAFFIC CONGESTION & INCREASED CRIME

I attended the community meeting where the proposed project plans for the former Auto Auction site on Baltimore Pike was presented.

Over a hundred citizens crowded into the room at the Abingdon Library to hear a Washington, D.C. developer’s plan for a 45 acre project that would include 131 villas, 100 apartments, a convenience store with gas pumps and two commercial buildings, one 21,000-sq-feet and the other 12,000-sq-feet.

Residents brought up the fact that traffic on Baltimore Pike is already on over load. They referred to the stretch of Bel Air Road from the Auto Auction site down to Winters Run as “suicide hill” because of how dangerous it is, especially in the winter with snow and ice.

“There are five gas stations already in the area,” another woman pointed out. “Why do we need another?”

While the two lane highway is already congested, residents from Ponderosa Estates, which is on the back end of the site, fear that the egress and ingress on Baltimore Pike will become so untenable that the neighborhood will be forced to open a dead end street for access, destroying the quiet enclave and increasing the potential for more crime.

“ I never thought this could happen to my neighborhood,” one resident said. A sentiment repeatedly being echoed throughout the county.

I love the scenic beauty of Harford County and how it adds to our quality of life. However, sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic and seeing the growth of haphazard development made me realize that if the continuation of --- negligent, reckless and irresponsible --- decisions by Harford County’s elected officials is not stopped, our community will become another overly-built, traffic-congested nightmare.
I don't want that to happen and that's why I'm running for County Council, District C.

For almost 20 years, an entrenched administration has kept citizens in the dark, while perpetuating favoritism to special interests and large donors. The County Council has fully supported this travesty.
Our citizens need an advocate on the Council who will insist upon transparency and putting the needs of the community first. An elected official, who will question how proposals will impact our quality of life and strive to make the right decisions to prevent costly fixes by taxpayers in the future.

I am the person who can do this. With my extensive experience and track record I will introduce innovative ideas and dynamic leadership to save our quickly fading quality of life.

I have 30-plus years in business, government relations and non-profits. I have worked with national, multi-million dollar corporations, served as vice president for a 5,000 member employer organization, whose members employed over 2 million workers and oversaw a legal committee that participated in cases from state level up to the U.S. Supreme Court. I am also an environmentalist, who worked on developing a cutting edge green economy, which resulted in the creation of half-million new jobs.

Vote for Karen Kukurin on November 6th.


Authorization, Friends of Karen Kukurin, Treasurer Rita Scharmann

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