District 5 town hall meetings next month to focus on growth, safety, schools in Carroll

Commissioner Ed Rothstein, R-District 5, has scheduled two town hall meeting for March 5, and just launched his District 5 newsletter.
Commissioner Ed Rothstein, R-District 5, has scheduled two town hall meeting for March 5, and just launched his District 5 newsletter. (Courtesy photo)

Commissioner Ed Rothstein will hold two town hall meetings in District 5 on Tuesday, March 5 — one in the daytime and one in the evening.

The meetings will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the South Carroll Senior and Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg, so more citizens can be accommodated, a media release stated this week.


“As the District 5 commissioner, it is very important to me to establish many open lines of communication to inform the community about current projects and initiatives,” Rothstein said in his statement.

According to the Carroll County government release, town hall meetings provide the “opportunity for commissioners to brief citizens, and for citizens to ask questions and share concerns, thoughts and ideas.”


The Freedom Readiness Center will be a 67,121-square-foot Leadership in Energy and Enviromental Design (LEED) Silver certified building with a 6,700-square-foot detached storage structure in Sykesville, replacing the existing Catonsville and Ellicott City armories.

And Rothstein said this town hall is an excellent opportunity to reinforce his motto: listen, learn and lead.

“I hope to see many residents in attendance to discuss local topics of interest,” he stated.

Rothstein’s primary topics of discussion will be economic and business growth in Carroll County, public safety and security, and public schools.

The announcement of the meeting comes just days after the commissioner’s first newsletter was sent out via email on Feb. 15.

A lot of progress has been made in South Carroll's planning and development, with major accomplishments like the adoption of the Freedom Plan and breaking ground at the Warfield development at the top of the list. Also notable are plans for a hotel in Eldersburg and the denied Buttercup annexation.

“With this publication, I hope to keep the citizens of Sykesville and Eldersburg informed about projects and initiatives in the area, both county and non-county driven. You will find snapshots of current activities with my focus on quality of life in our community,” Rothstein wrote to his constituents in the first issue.

“I want you to know where we stand on projects and what to expect in the future. This first issue will focus on economic development initiatives and provide basic background on the projects. Stay tuned as future news develops.”

The Snowden Creek senior living development formerly known as Adams Paradise has broken ground on the corner of Oklahoma and Bennett roads in Sykesville.

The issue detailed the Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan, the Elderwood Village-Luers Lane soil disposal project, Warfield at Historic Sykesville, the Freedom Readiness Center, construction of the Snowden Creek age-restricted facility on Oklahoma Road (formerly known as Adams Paradise), Eldersburg Station hotel and restaurant project, as well as development on Md. 32 and Md. 26.

Residents can subscribe to the newsletter online, and reach out to the commissioner with questions via email at erothstein@carrollcountymd.gov.

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