Are You Smarter Than a Fourth Grader: Councilman Edition
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 8th April 2017
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Has the councilman finally found an audience that understands him? Photo credit The Dundalk Eagle.

Eagle reveals some interesting facts as Crandell turns back on FH community

Is the title a bit harsh?  Probably.  Is it taking a shot at our councilman?  Absolutely.

Why would I do that?  Because it reveals just what I’ve been saying all along–Mr. Crandell is a two-faced politician bent on deceiving his own constituents, and this column will prove it.

Someone please tell me how Councilman Crandell has the time to meet with fourth-graders when he has no time for his constituents?

That is unless the constituent has money.

Dundalk is facing some huge problems:

  • Crime
  • Deplorable roads
  • Under-performing schools
  • Declining real estate prices (as much as 10-13%).
  • Rat infestation
  • Unemployment

Yet, Mr. Crandell has the time to meet with the DRC on a regular basis, but not his community leaders.

For the councilman, the dollar sign may as well be his campaign logo, since “pay for play” is paramount to his campaign, as we have seen with his involvement with TradePoint and the Rat Core Group.

The county’s new rat eradication program is like putting a band-aid on a gaping wound. It is too small of a solution for such a large problem. The program should be comprehensive and inclusive of, at the very least, all the east side communities.

With that said, let’s get back to the crux of this article.

Take a look at the councilman’s earlier stance on the Fort Howard issue and see how that differs from the one the Eagle is now reporting.

And, allow me to say “job well done” regarding the Eagle’s reporting, as the publication revealed Mr. Crandell’s true plans for the property at Fort Howard.

Take a look at this quote in the Sun regarding an earlier remark made by Mr. Crandell concerning the fate of Fort Howard:

“It’s not going to happen. Not on my watch,” said Crandell, a Dundalk Republican.

This is what Mr. Crandell was referring to in the Sun article:

“Baltimore County Councilman Todd Crandell, who represents the area, told members of the North Point Peninsula Community Council he opposes the redevelopment plans for the Fort Howard Veterans Affairs property. He flatly said that he will not support zoning legislation that’s necessary for the project to move forward.”

Compare that to what was said in the Eagle concerning the size of the development: “Himmelrich has proposed 450 housing units, which neighbors say is too many, considering that narrow North Point Road is the only way in and out of the site.”

Here is the 180% turnaround by Councilman “not on my watch” Crandell: “I think it’s a great opportunity for the community, if it’s done right,” Crandell said. “It’s one on the most beautiful pieces of waterfront property in the state.”

I have always said that, despite Crandell’s pledge to protect FH, he had another agenda in mind, as the Sun reveals:

“Crandell drafted legislation that would have allowed the 400-unit project, but then withdrew it.”

When Councilman Crandell down-zoned the FH property, I always said he was just laying low until the right deal came along; that would be when he would attempt to ram it through the council under a PUD, the same way Councilwoman Bevins used her power with the CMPZ to bypass community opposition.

I should mention that both Mr. Crandell and Mrs. Bevins were both involved in the pay-to-play issue of accepting money from developers to push their projects.

Maybe they both think that we aren’t smarter than a fourth grader, but they got that wrong, too.

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