From the Bel Air South Community Foundation:
1) We will continue to march forward with the NO BEL AIR WALMART campaign!
The passing of Bill 13-16 would have been a boost but not a necessity for our campaign to be successful.
Wal-Mart has yet to meet all County and State requirements and until they do the new store is not approved.
2) In moving forward there is one thing that is absolutely vital: That the citizens of the community are willing to stand up and fight. Only numbers will win this game.
Please reply to this e-mail if you are supportive of the NO BEL AIR WALMART campaign!
Respond with either:
A) Yes I feel strongly against the building of a Bel Air Walmart.
B) I am willing to volunteer my time to oppose the building of a Bel Air Walmart.
3) First order of business. Need your participation at Tuesday’s County Council Meeting, May 7th at 212 S. Bond Street, Bel Air at 7:30 PM. We will Rally on site starting at 6:30 PM to show Wal-Mart, the county council and the community that we will not be deterred. We will then attend the council meeting and hold the council accountable for their unacceptable and cowardly handling of Bill 13-16.
Many spoke in support of Bill 13-16 at the last council meeting. We need folks to stand up and speak again to show our disappointment in the councils lack of support for its citizens. Five of the seven abandoned the community’s concern for traffic safety and sided with big business. We cannot let their behavior go unchallenged.
4) Events being planned:
a) Letter writing campaign to the Maryland Department of Transportation and State Highway Administration
b) Collection of No Bel Air Walmart petition signatures. Our goal is to be able to reach out to thousands of more citizens to support future rally, boycott and letter writing initiatives.
c) If you have contact information for your HOAs, please send it to us or have your HOAs contact us at this address so that we can better coordinate our efforts.
A thanks goes out to Senator Art Helton for submitting a letter to the Maryland Department of Transportation in support of our concerns. Letter [below].
Also, If you have any ideas of how the county should use the Spencer’s Rubble Landfill behind the water treatment plant on Abingdon Road, deadline is May 6th (short fuse). What would you like to see? A park, recreational area, a dog park, etc? See following link for info on where to send you suggestion. http://www.abingdoncommunitycouncil.org/pdf/landfill.pdf
When the going gets tough; the tough get going!
Bel Air South Community Foundation