This past Tuesday marked a major turning point in our fight to save the Brickyard school site from being turned into a commercial soccerplex that would forever change the peace and safety of our residential community. Two different Circuit Court Judges ruled against the County, and the Governor sent a letter to the BOE and the County Executive saying the proposed soccerplex at the Brickyard site was a "big mistake".
After hearing arguments on a Motion for Stay filed by the Brickyard Coalition and Nick Marvell, Judge Greenberg, a Circuit Court Judge, granted the Stay. This means that MSI will not gain control of the property on August 16th, 2012.
It also means that MSI and the County are prevented from taking any further action until the Court reaches a decision on the merits of the case in early 2013.
Immediately after the Greenberg decision, Judge Rubin held a hearing regarding the MPIA lawsuit filed by the Brickyard Coalition. He ordered the County to provide the records requested under the MPIA lawsuit by designated dates. If the County fails to do so, they will be subject to penalties. Judge Rubin made it very clear that no further stonewalling by the County would be allowed.
Finally, Maryland Governor O'Malley sent a letter to the Board of Education and County Executive Ike Leggett, saying the decision to use Brickyard by Leggett for a soccerplex was a "big mistake." The Governor urged both the Board of Education and Leggett to reconsider their decision. The letter went on to extol the virtues of using the site for an Educational farm. While the Governor has been urged to take a stand for some time, we welcome his comments. You can read the full text of the Governor's letter here.
Your financial contributions and support are making the difference in this important battle for the future of our community. If you have already given, we thank you for your support. If you have not made a contribution, please consider a contribution of $500 or more.
With your help we can stop this illegal soccerplex and retain the peaceful community we all cherish.
Brickyard Coalition Inc.