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Leggett Locks Citizens Out
POTOMAC, MD – April 13, 2012– Over 750 Montgomery County citizens, taxpayers and voters filed a petition today in opposition to the County Executive’s secret agreement with Montgomery Soccer Inc. (MSI) to construct and operate soccer fields on the Brickyard School public property. See attached petition. Hundreds of others emailed comments directly to the County.
As the citizen representatives delivering the petition arrived at County Executive Leggett’s office his office doors were locked and the Coalition representatives were turned away unable to speak with anyone in Leggett’s office. This reception area is normally open to the public. But these law abiding citizens were intentionally locked out of Leggett’s officewith guards stationed at the door. In contrast, Leggett met personally with MSI to discuss the Brickyard project months before it was announced to the public.
In signing the petition, the citizens are reasserting their belief that the secret process the County has followed is improper and illegal, and are demanding that a new and completely transparent process—that is in compliance with County law—be commenced to determine the best use for the Brickyard property.
“We are making a final public effort to stop this fatally flawed process” said Keith Williams, President of CARF. “However, if the County Executive proceeds with this lease to MSI, we will have no choice except to commence legal action”
The Coalition also pointed out issues and problems with the flawed MSI lease in a substantive comment to Cynthia Brennemen as requested in the Notice.
On March 28, 2012, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett officially awarded 20‐acres of farmland on Brickyard Road to Montgomery Soccer, Inc.—the only bidder on the project—to develop into four soccer fields. MSI will develop the fields under a sublease from the County.