Go-carts proved to be a unifying political force at last night's County Council meeting, as Chairman C. Vernon Gray, a Columbia Democrat who has feuded with the body's two Republicans, sided with both of them last night.
Gray and Republicans Christopher J. Merdon of Ellicott City and Allan H. Kittleman from the western county voted to keep go-cart tracks in industrial zones at least 2,500 feet apart. Democrats Guy Guzzone of Laurel-Savage and Mary C. Lorsung of West Columbia opposed the amendment as overkill.
Then all five council members voted in favor of a second amendment to keep the noisy tracks at least 500 feet from the nearest home or residential zone. They then unanimously approved the bill, which allows tracks as part of larger commercial recreation facilities in industrial zones.
In another vote, the council approved a 2 percent retroactive pay raise for county police -- the same increase that other county workers got July 1.
Pub Date: 2/02/99