A representative of the Patuxent Greens homeowner's association voiced concerns at the July 9 City Council meeting about the city's proposed annexation of Oakland Presbyterian Church, specifically the zoning reclassification of the wooded area owned by the church that neighbors the community.
Patuxent Greens Board of Directors representative Robert McGuire said the community is concerned with rezoning that would allow for development that could decrease property values.
"We ask, and are very hopeful, that the city will take adequate time to thoroughly analyze the implications of the annexation request and will set firm conditions on the annexation rezoning appropriate to address our concerns," McGuire said.
Oakland Presbyterian representative B.J. Taylor said the church has no future plans for the wooded site.
"The only thing the church has on its agenda right now is to be annexed into the city of Laurel," Taylor said. "We are not planning on doing anything else with the site at this time."
The third public hearing on the annexation request will be held at the City Council's July 23 meeting. The item is also on the agenda for the Council's Sept. 10 meeting, where action is anticipated.
At Monday's meeting, council members also approved replacing the air conditioning unit at the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center, which will be done by American Mechanical Services for $47,415, and awarded a grass cutting contract to New Image Landscaping in Elkridge at $1,020.50 per cut from Aug. 1 to July 30, 2013.
Also at the meeting, Mayor Craig Moe presented a Citizen of the Month Award to May-Lynn Bayles, president of the auxiliary to the Laurel Fire Department.