From Harford County Councilman Mike Perrone Jr.:
The Edgewood Community Development Corporation
On Monday, September 21, at 7 pm. at the HCSO Southern Precinct, an organizational meeting will be held for the newly formed Edgewood Development Corporation. This was an initiative several concerned citizens and I started talking about in May.
There are positive and negative aspects to the fact that Edgewood and Joppatowne are not incorporated municipalities. The key negative I think is that no portion of the property tax revenue our communities generate is guaranteed to stay in our communities. We also don’t have the benefit of having City or Town Councils to develop working relationships with County Government, and – even though the origins of our communities date back to the early 1700s – the vast majority of District A was developed during the 1960’s and later. So we lack much of the generational family history which exists in other areas of the County.
I believe all of these reasons contribute to why our communities struggle to control our own destinies; because we lack the political clout that many other communities in Harford County have. The vexing question continues to be what we can do to overcome this problem.
Edgewood in particular has one characteristic that could be of benefit to it – the vast majority of the community is designated by the State as a “Sustainable Community”. With this designation comes the opportunity to apply for various State grants. Many of these grants, however, must be applied for by either a local government or by a Community Development Corporation. (It is worth noting every one of these grants are project-based, so the money won’t come in the absence of a specific project).
Harford County could apply for these grants, but the whole point of this undertaking is to maximize Edgewood’s ability to control its own destiny. So we came up the idea of creating this Community Development Corporation and structuring it so that its members and officers must either live, work, worship, or perform regular community service in Edgewood.
Because the officers of the Corporation would be elected by its members, I think this is the closest we can reasonably come to a governing body in Edgewood.
Nominations will be taken and elections will be held for the initial slate of officers at the September 21 meeting. The more people show up, and the more people are willing to serve as officers, the more representative of the community this Corporation will be!
I hope to see everyone on September 21.
Homeless Shelter Update
As many people are aware, an unofficial Community Input Meeting was held on Monday, August 24 (in advance of the rescheduled date) to discuss the possibility of constructing a homeless shelter on the site of the old Chase Manor Motel. Following the meeting, the developer decided to pull the plan.
One point which was brought up by more than one concerned citizen at the meeting was the feeling like this plan was already a “done deal”, and that the wishes of the community were being ignored. But in the end, the plan was pulled.
I will continue to stand behind the faith-based communities in Harford County and the Hope for the Homeless Alliance in their efforts to provide help to those in need, and hope a suitable site may be found in the future.
Community Advisory Board Meeting Schedule
Abingdon/Bel Air South/Emmorton Community Advisory Board
Meets the first Thursday of the month at the Abingdon Library at 6:30 pm. 2510 South Tollgate Road, Abingdon, MD.
Next Meeting Date: September 3, 2015
Edgewood Community Advisory Board
Meets the second Thursday of the month at the Southern Precinct of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office at 7:00 pm.
Next Meeting Date: September 10, 2015
Joppa/Joppatowne Community Advisory Board
Normally meets the first Monday of the Month at the Southern Precinct of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office at 7:00 pm. Since the first Monday in September is Labor Day, the Advisory Board will meet on the second Monday.
Next Meeting Date: September 14, 2015
Councilman Mike Perrone Jr.
Office Phone: 410-638-3521
Cell Phone: 443-752-2598
Come talk to me the Second Sunday of each month (except during July and August) at the Joppatowne Flea Market from 2 pm to 4 pm.
Legislative Aide: Donna Blasdell
Office Phone: 410-638-4109 x1813