Bill losing support
The push to restrict where adult book and video stores can locate in Howard County is losing its veto-proof majority in the County Council.
Councilman C. Vernon Gray, an east Columbia Democrat and one of the bill's four co-sponsors, does not plan to support it at the vote Nov. 3 because it never got Planning Board review.
An earlier version, proposed by County Executive Charles I. Ecker, did win the approval of the Planning Board. But a second version, crafted by Council Chairman Dennis R. Schrader and co-sponsored by Gray and two other council members, skipped that step in the process.
There are other important differences. Ecker's version would direct most of the shops to the U.S. 1 corridor. Schrader's would spread the adult shops around the county but allow them closer to residential neighborhoods.
At a hearing Monday night, the conflict prompted many supporters of new restrictions to urge the council to take extra time to reconcile the two versions.
Afterward, Gray said, "We should table both of the bills and send this back to the Planning Board." Howard County's nonprofit groups want to construct or renovate a building to make a local headquarters for community services.
The goal is to save money by consolidating such administrative costs as rent, utilities and secretarial services in a single building that would be convenient to bus lines.
The Association of Community Services, with volunteer help from developers at the Manekin Corp., hopes to raise $35,000 from the county, the United Way and the Columbia Foundation to study the prospects for such a building.
A building of about 25,000 square feet would cost $3 million to $4 million to build. It would cost far less to renovate an existing building. The county also may have surplus office space it could donate.
"From the vision perspective," said Council Chairman Dennis R. Schrader, "this is very exciting."
A Lisbon man is taking aim at the potential trap and skeet shooters in Howard County by asking if anyone would be interested in forming a shooting league and eventually creating a shooting site.
Dave Zeeveld, 52, has to drive to Marriottsville in Baltimore County to shoot and can't believe there isn't a league here, especially since it's so close to Fort Meade and a wealth of shooters.
"I want to see what the interest is," Zeeveld said. "I know there are people who want to shoot."
Zeeveld is asking people to call 410-442-1518 if they're interested in starting a skeet or trap league. Both sports involve the shooting of a clay object hurled through the air.
"This is definitely a game worth pursuing," joked Zeeveld, who said he had a site in mind for a possible venue.
PTA leader honored
The state PTA dedicated a park bench and garden plot in Centennial Park Sunday to honor the Ellicott City woman who was immediate past president of the national PTA.
Joan Dykstra, a longtime PTA activist, stepped down from the top post this summer after completing a two-year term.
About 45 people attended the event, which included a student poetry reading and a musical performance, dinner and speeches.
"It's so wonderful to have such an outstanding role model in your own back yard," said Susan Poole, president of the Howard County PTA.
Pub Date: 10/23/97