Friday, August 07, 2009

Scene This Week In…

When I contacted Kevin Enright, the Director of the Office of Public Information, to find out the status of the two federal lawsuits that were filed against the county this past spring; I learned that the county had not even been served in the one that seeks to stop Wegmans.

In the suit filed by Susan Baker Gray on behalf of Phillip Rousseau, et al, as of last week anyway, the county has yet to be formally served.

I wonder what that’s all about. Could it be that the parties, whose “et al” include Frank Martin and Paul Kendall, were waiting to see how Judge J. Frederick Motz would rule on their other suit first?

If so, I suspect you won’t be hearing much more about the Rousseau suit.
In the meantime, Wegmans appears to be confident that the legal roadblocks have been sufficiently cleared that they can begin sufficiently clearing the site on Snowden River Parkway to make way for their new store.

“Everybody loves the sound of a train in the distance Everybody thinks it's true”

That refrain from Paul Simon’s song, Train in the Distance” comes to mind each time I hear the wailing of a diesel train air horn. I can often hear this sound from my home as the trains roll along the banks of the Patapsco River through Ellicott City. I love the fact that the rails are still active in the old mill town even though the town’s train station has long been inactive.

Earlier this week I spotted this behemoth sitting idle on the tracks. I parked the car and snapped a few shots.


Lotsabogeys said...

Phillip Rousseau wrote a letter to the editor of the Columbia Flier a couple weeks ago. He said the county should not issue permits while there was a lawsuit pending. Maybe he should have waited a week to write that letter.

Rousseau Letter