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Farm Road Property Owner Pleads for Help at Public Event

On May 3, 2013, Montgomery County Executive, the Honorable Ike Leggett, presented the Farm Road Community's advocate, Steve Kanstoroom, with the Wayne Goldstein Award for Public Service.

Farm Road property owner, Robert Awkward, had planned to attend the event and appeal to the audience for help, however, was two infirmed to travel. His plea for help was recorded hours before Mr. Leggett stepped to the podium to present the award.

Click here to see Mr. Awkward’s plea for help to the audience, which included the County Council President, several Councilmembers, State Delegates and others.

The County Council appoints M-NCPPC's Chair - the person with the authority to direct M-NCPPC's staff to immediately re-recognize Farm Road and restore addresses to the properties it's staff wrongly deleted and/or denied. State Legislators have the power to require M-NCPPC to institute written policies and procedures regarding address issuance - something the agency currently lacks.

Mr. Goldstein was a huge figure with respect to civic activism, environmental issues, historic preservation, a perceptive watchdog on county government and politics. Wayne had the gift of being able to disagree without being disagreeable. He was a pillar of the civic community, and widely known as the former president of the Montgomery County Civic Federation - an organization that speaks on behalf of more than 60,000 County residents. Mr. Goldstein was also a columnist for the Montgomery County Sentinel newspaper and consistent advocate for community issues throughout the County.

Sadly, at age 56, Wayne died suddenly on the way to testify on a civic matter before the county’s Board of Appeals. Goldtstein and Kanstoroom collaborated behind the scenes on their respective but diverse civic issues. Wayne was instrumental in Kanstoroom’s decision to found the SaveSandySpring website and his collaborative input helped shape the group’s first protest. He can be seen in the background at approximately 2:05 wearing a brown hat and scarf.

Kanstoroom used the acceptance of the award as an opportunity to appeal to the audience to come to the aid of the Farm Road families.

Mr. Leggett does not have any direct oversight of M-NCPPC but that has not stopped him from speaking out time and again in prevailing upon the powerful and politically well connected agency to re-recognize Farm Road. Likewise, Councilmember Elrich has taken the politically unpopular position for speaking out against the powerful M-NCPPC on behalf of the Farm Road families, and with the help of his eight fellow Councilmembers, this issue could be immediately resolved.

Click here to view and hear Mr. Leggett's remarks regarding Kanstoroom’s work and the Farm Road community.

Click here to see the video of Farm Road, which M-NCPPC has repeatedly claimed does not exist, shown to the audience.

Click here to see and hear Mr. Leggett’s remarks to the media.


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