Burtonsville residents concerned with drug activity and county budget cuts will soon get a chance to grill one of their neighbors: County Executive Isiah Leggett.
Leggett, a Burtonsville resident, will be joined Thursday by police Commander Donald Johnson for a meeting with residents that will focus on everything from public safety funding to job creation in East County.
Plans for the meeting came to fruition after a member of the Oakhills Community Association board of directors noticed suspicious activity in her neighborhood, according to Tom Van Pelt, property manager for Oakhills and Saddle Creek communities. The member noticed a lookout car at the entrance to the community, people filing in and out of cars within a matter of minutes and people using the back entrance of townhomes. She called police to report possible drug activity, Van Pelt said.
But Oakhills is a small community, Van Pelt said, so he brought the Oakhills board members together with leaders of the Saddle Creek Homeowners Association and the Greencastle Lakes Community Association to request the meeting.
"They all thought of Ike [Leggett] as a neighbor," Van Pelt said. "His home is in Burtonsville, and so they're reaching out as a neighbor-to-neighbor, feel-our-pain type thing. They're reaching out to him because it just so happens he's a neighbor that can get things done."
Leggett said he's excited to meet with Burtonsville's residents about their concerns.
"It's going to be an open discussion," he said. "I will go there with an open mind of following through on questions and comments they may have and providing as much information as possible. I'm always willing to go back in the future if there are things we can't resolve that night."