But did they get anything else?
Maybe, maybe not.
Kumar Barve spoke on behalf of the District's State Representatives. The four reps, Delegate Barve, with Del. Gilchrist and Del. Platt, and presumably Senator Kagan, are writing the County Council to let them know that they are opposed to the plan to relocate the MCPS bus depot partially to Carver. Barve, Glichrist, and Kagan were in attendance tonight.I say presumable to Kagan because she sent a letter to many homes last weekend saying that the matter was no longer "urgent," She then posted on her website (how many read her website?) that she made a mistake and was misinformed. Lets hope that the District 17 reps don't make another mistake. But do they have any say in the matter?
The County Council was also represented - by Councilmembers Sid Katz, Marc Elrich, and George Leventhal, who stated that they are opposed to the Carver site as a bus parking lot. According to Leventhal, the numbers don't add up, and he doesn't see any urgency to relocate the buses.
Rockville Mayor Bridget Newton also stated that the City of Rockville is opposed to locating the bus depot at Carver. She was accompanied by Councilmembers Julie Carr and Mark Pierzchala. Mayor Newton also asked that the deciding powers NOT pit Rockville neighbors against each other. Good for Mayor Newton. Rockville residents successfully fought off relocating the site on Avery Road, and are now told that the remaining buses that don't fit on the Carver site will be relocated to the Lincoln Park neighborhood - on the other side of the Red Line Railroad tracks.
And then the Board of Education spoke up - Phil Kaufman, accompanied by Rebecca Smondrowski and Jill Orman-Fouse, also are apparently in opposition to the relocation of the bus depot to Carver. But what will they do with 100 buses if the County Council orders them off the property - maybe not on January 1, but some other future date when they don't have a plan?
So - who gets the deciding vote? Why hasn't anyone offered a resolution to stop this circus? How will these elected officials really vote - we know the County Council unanimously voted a few days ago to give MCPS money for preliminary studies. We also know that despite all the mandatory referrals and other procedural nice things said in public, when push comes to shove, MCPS ignores the City of Rockville (as folks from Wootton and RM Clusters well know). Why study if this is dead in the water? Why vote for the funding if you think this is a bad idea?
Bigger question. How did we get here? Remember, a developer wants the current bus depot site, so MCPS has to relocate 450 buses to another location. Why are we still giving public land to developers? We know here in MoCo our kids are educated in "learning cottages" - and now our buses need to find a new home too, because some developer has decided that housing is the way to go.