Thurmont commissioners deny Myers Farm annexation

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Source: Gazette
Author: Jeremy Hauck
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Date Published: 10/18/2007

Thurmont commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously not to annex 210 acres north of town, known as the Myers Farm, ending a yearlong negotiation with a developer that wanted to build 350 houses and commercial space on the land Commissioners said residents’ opposition to the annexation played a crucial role in their votes. A survey written by Mayor Martin A. Burns and mailed to residents in December found that 66 percent of the 1,487 respondents did not want the town to annex the farm. Burns on Tuesday also cited the results of the town’s Oct. 1 election for two commission seats in voting against the annexation petition. Incumbent Commissioner Glenn D. Muth, who had said he would vote against the Myers Farm annexation, and newcomer Robert E. Lookingbill, who campaigned on slow growth, won the election over four other candidates.