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No resident opposition to Amoss Road improvements, councilman Chad Shrodes says

Just three residents showed up to a county public meeting to discuss improvements on a portion of Amoss Road in White Hall.

The meeting Tuesday night at the Harford County office building on Bond Street in Bel Air was an opportunity for people to learn about a petition to put a tar and chip surface on the dirt portion of Amoss Road in the northwestern part of the county.

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At least 75 percent of homeowners with properties that are up against the road will need to sign the petition before "Harford County will entertain improving" the road, according to an informational sheet passed out at the meeting.

Three county employees were also on hand during the meeting - Shirley DeVaughn, administrative specialist for department of public works deputy director Hudson Myers; Kenny Sexton, with DPW's highways division; and Chad Shrodes, who represents the northern district on the Harford County Council.

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DeVaughn explained to the residents that five other road projects would be ahead of Amoss Road if the petition receives the minimum number of signatures and the county decides to taken on the project.

The fifth road on the list, she continued, is Jolly Acres Road, also in the northern part of the county, and it would be "a ways before they [the county] get to this one."

Shrodes noted that he hasn't heard any opposition from residents on improvements.

What's important when doing work on dirt or gravel roads, the councilman continued, is to not impede on that area's rural character. What would need to be considered is "the pulse of the community and the effect that would have on the community," he said.

Shrodes commented that he didn't feel that making Amoss Road a hard surfaced road would take away its character.

Because of this, he went on, and because he has heard no opposition, Shrodes said he would have no problem supporting the project.

Merle Wagner, of the 4700 block of Chippewa Drive, agreed the area's rural character would not be compromised.

"It needs to be done," he said.

Addressing the lack of residents at the public meeting, Shrodes suggested that when there is an event such as that one in the future involving northern residents, it should be held in that area to hopefully draw more local people to attend.

Wagner agreed with Shrodes' suggestion, saying two other people from the community were supposed to be there that night.

Moira and Bruce Kabernagel, of the 3800 block of Rocks Station Road, also attended but did not comment during the meeting.

Afterward, the couple said they had attended for their own information.

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Bruce Kabernagel then commented that a portion of Rocks Station is caving in and he has tried to have this fixed for several years. He was frustrated with the lack of response from the county.

Kabernagel added that Public Works Director Bob Cooper went to the site last fall and "did some work" on the road.

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