Snow removal, highway safety and crime were the chief topics of discussion during the latest meeting of the Fallston Community Council on Tuesday evening.
During the council's bi-monthly meeting at the Fallston fire station, there were complaints that some neighborhoods near I-95 received especially poor attention following recent snowstorms.
"We had issues at [the department of public works] in Abingdon with roads not being plowed in a timely manner," community council chairman Dave Williams said.
Williams, who is also chief spokesman for the Fallston Volunteer Fire Company, made his comments about the need for more timely snow removal and treatment of roads just hours before another inch of snow fell overnight and created treacherous driving conditions early Wednesday morning.
A woman attending the meeting chimed in that "Abingdon was horrible" as far as post-storm road clearing.
Jessica Blake, the new legislative aide for County Councilman Joe Woods, said the roads in Abingdon were not pre-treated, making them icy for days after the storm.
She explained in a follow-up e-mail, that Woods had received e-mails regarding the pre-treatment of residential roads, but the roads were cleared in a timely manner after the snow feel.
"The concerning citizens were told that salt/brine does not work effectively on residential streets for the low volume of traffic that travels them," Blake said.
Route 1 lighting update
Andrew Tress, the legislative aide to County Council President Billy Boniface, told the community council that the Friends of Harford land use advocacy group is moving forward with its effort to get a new lighting control ordinance before the county council.
Residents near Fallston's Route 1 commercial corridor have long had concerns about bright lighting from businesses reflecting on residential areas, especially from the Jones Junction auto sales complex at Route 1 and Harford Road.
"That's been a thorn in our side for three years now, lighting issues on Route 1," Williams said.
Williams also talked about highway safety in light of a recent accident on Route 1 that claimed the life of a 20-year-old Forest Hill man.
Maryland State Police say Austin Robert Lentz died after he lost control of his 2012 Ford Mustang while driving north alone on Route 1 near Reckord Road at 6:55 a.m. on Dec. 30.
He crashed into a box truck, whose driver, a Mount Wolf, Pa., man, was flown by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Luckily, Williams said, the "very, very tragic situation" did not kill or injure anyone else. Instead of a Ford F-550 box truck, he added, the Mustang could have crashed into "one of the women in our community driving two kids to day care."
Williams said Mr. Lentz "worked at Jones [Junction] and a lot of people knew him."
Fallston had a spate of vehicle crashes around the Christmas holiday season; Mr. Lentz's was the only fatality, Williams said.
"It seems like we always have a fatal crash sometime between Thanksgiving and New Year's," he said.
This report has been updated from a previous version to reflect a clarification about the snow removal concerns expressed by the aide to County Councilman Joe Woods. In addition, the prior version did not correctly identify Andrew Tress as the speaker about the Route 1 lighting situation.