Jefferson Streetscape Task Force

Jefferson, Maryland

A project of  the
Jefferson Ruritan Club
in cooperation with
local organizations and residents
and the
Maryland State Highway Administration.

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Notes from the November 9, 2000

Meeting of the Jefferson Streetscape Task Force (Town Meeting):

Held at the Jefferson Community Center, 7 p.m.

In all 78 adults attended including Michael G. Marschner (county), Frank Knapp, Mark Crampton, David Phillips, Jim Baish, Robert Fisher (SHA). 13 addresses were represented from the east end (near Old Holter Road).

Introduction by Jim Carpenter

Presentation of the Concept Development Process by Bobby Fisher

The process handout was attached to the agenda for all to see

Presentation of the Project Goals and Project Elements by David Phillips, Highway Design Division/ Jim Baish, Landscape Planning Development Group

Jim presented the slide show with the new Jefferson pictures included.

David called for input from the community and encouraged everyone to contact a task force member with their ideas and concerns

Questions and Answers:

How do we get plans known to the community so permission can be attained and community can vote?

Use the task force

Costs? None for the basic plan of street, gutter, curb, sidewalks, driveway apron and trees as part of normal landscaping. There would be cost for improvements such as benches, decorative lighting, and gateway signage.

Water line for county water? No immediate plans for public water. If this decision would need to be accelerated it could be discussed with the Commissioners. There was a plan to hook Copperfield to Cambridge, but not enough water to hook up entire town.

Option to do nothing at all? Yes

Burying Phone/Power lines? Discussed the cost

Discussion of sidewalks – for and against.

Comments on issues with water problems since the deep patch – directed to SHA outside of this meeting.

Comment about signs at Valleydale Apts. – Directed to SHA outside of this meeting.

It is my understanding that the state will eventually address the drainage issues along MD 180 and at that time will fix the street and add curb and guttering as necessary. The answer given at the meeting, I believe, gave the impression that we could stop everything from happening to the road. Shouldn’t we be taking the approach that as long as the street will be torn up and new guttering and curb will be added that we may as well get the sidewalks and driveway aprons fixed? The whole project can stop at that. I would hate for the state to finish improving the roads and we miss our chance to have the sidewalks and aprons done by them. I don’t think this has been made clear if I am correct in my understanding of things. Mm Note from Bob Fisher SHA to this footnote: "Yes, you are correct. If the citizens do not want this Neighborhood Conservation Project, then SHA must look at a different pot of money to fund routine drainage and resurfacing. The pot of money for resurfacing and drainage is very austere."

Mary McCormack, Secretary