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Ken Ulman’s Final Desperation

Posted by David Keelan on Tuesday, November 7, 2006

In a continuation of his negative campaign tactics Ken Ulman has taken to targeting neighborhoods with flyers targeted specifically to development issues in those neighborhoods.

They are flat out lies.

He is desperate to win this election and will do practically anything to disparage his opponents.  He is beyond shame.

Example one:

Mr. Ken Ulman was NOT there for us…the true facts !!!

To our Friends and Neighbors…

Recently a flier was distributed throughout the Thunder Hill neighborhood regarding the recent Columbia Medical Campus development issue. It pains my heart and I find it totally repugnant and reprehensible that individuals in our neighborhood who did not take part in the efforts of the Thunder Hill Action Committee would be so willing to take the credit for a job well done FROM those who so richly deserve it in an attempt to give this credit to someone who WAS NOT THERE: Mr. Ken Ulman.

As one of the original members of the Thunder Hill Action Committee, who witnessed the dedication and commitment of many members of our community in defeating this project, I feel it is important that the truth be told.

When the development was first announced it was supported by many parties including our District 2 Councilman, Mr. Calvin Ball, who is pro-growth and aggressively supported this proposal.

Our neighbors started mobilizing in opposition to this proposal and formed the Thunder Hill Action Committee. As we grew and built support for our cause, we were assisted by several community activists. Where was Ken Ulman ?? He was NOT there !!

As our cause continued, our neighbors worked tirelessly. We conducted traffic surveys, wrote many letters to the newspaper. We researched our local zoning board. County Executive Jim Robey and the pro-developer members of the County Council devised and passed several fast-track methods for developers in this county, Mr. Ulman supported these fast track proposals which gave this inappropriate development a high likelihood of success.

Council Candidate Ms. Gina Ellrich attended our meetings and kept in continuous contact with our steering committee. When the time came for us to start considering legal action because our representatives were NOT listening, Harry Dunbar and Ms. Ellrich helped us find an attorney who agreed to provide reduced cost legal services to our group. We paid these fees out of our own pockets. Where was Mr. Ken Ulman ?? He was not there !!

It took many months before the impact of our opposition to this ill-conceived development plan began to reach the ears of our elected representatives. With the elections looming, thankfully they listened and acted !!

I have worked with many neighbors and members of the Thunder Hill Action Committee and witnessed first hand how tirelessly they contributed their time and money in defeating this proposal. It has been a difficult and often discouraging process. Not ONE of these people have ever asked for recognition for a difficult job well done.

It is totally repugnant and reprehensible that individuals in our neighborhood who did not take part in the efforts of the Thunder Hill Action Committee would be so willing to take the credit for a job well done FROM those who so richly deserve it in an attempt to give this credit to someone who WAS NOT THERE: Mr. Ken Ulman.

DO NOT BE MISLED !! We have won a minor skirmish in opposing inappropriate development of the Columbia Medical Campus. The battle still remains to be fought in terms of development of the Bavar Property strip mall on Twin Knolls North; the development of the Smith farm, and future development within our neighborhood. How you vote in tomorrow’s election will determine the future of your community and the quality of your life. Please choose carefully.

Bryan Palus, Thunder Hill Action Committee

Example Two

Forwarded by request from Chris Merdon:

Nov. 6, 2006

It has just come to my attention that Ken Ulman has distributed literature in my Council District telling residents that I have openly worked with the developers to bring a Car Max to the Ellicott City community.  He also states that he publicly announced his opposition to the project because all of the traffic that it would bring to Route 40.

The truth:

Car Max is allowed to locate to the site on Route 40 as a matter of right according to Howard County zoning regulations.  I called several meetings between Car Max and the surrounding community to minimize the
impact Car Max would have.  We received agreement from Car Max to not install any mega phones, turn off the lights at a decent hour, and many other concessions.

Ken Ulman never took a position on the project and never attended any of the meetings.  He is now lying to the community, saying that he opposed the project publicly.

I think it is important for your friends and family to know how Mr. Ulman operates.  Two days before the election, he passes out fliers that openly lie about how Car Max came to the community.  He also knows
that I do not have time to set the record straight with the community.

I ask that you distribute this email to your contacts to let them know how the next four years will go if Mr. Ulman is elected.

Finally, you know that I have run a 100% positive campaign.  I have never said anything about my opponent.  But this lie is too important for me to let go – just 24 hours before the campaign.


Chris Merdon

More Example Two from Angie Beltram:

I have been informed that information about Mr. Merdon is circulating in our Councilmanic district from Mr. Ulman that is NOT true.  Mr. Ulman accuses Mr. Merdon of encouraging the location of a CARMAX on the vacant property known as Metro on Route 40.  The truth of the matter is that the property is zoned commercial and when CARMAX purchased the property, Mr. Merdon met with the adjoining community and worked with them and Carmax to alleviate any concerns or impacts that the business would have on them.

I, myself, do not like the location of a Carmax, but the property is zoned for that use.

Mr. Ulman also claimed to have opposed this use and that is NOT true.

This is another desperate attempt to demonstrate his interest in Ellicott City.  Up to this time, he has never shown interest in the land use issues outside of Columbia.

Please don’t be fooled by these last minute accusations that have no merit and are absolutely false!

Angie Beltram


2 Responses to “Ken Ulman’s Final Desperation”

  1. tomkidd said

    If Mr. Ball and Mr. Ulman supported the CMC development, why was Mr. Ball at a Town Hall meeting vowing to repsond to citizen issues and how did it get blocked?

    If they have the majority of the council and aggressively supported the proposal, why is it dead? Why would the leader of the Thunder Hill group say Ulman & Ball helped?

    There was no court case and Ms. Ellrich has no vote.

    Adam Sachs was there. Calvin Ball was there. Ken Ulman was there. Guy Guzzone was there.

    Neither Chris Merdon nor Gina Ellrich were there.

    Check the Columbia Flier 9-7-06

    It looks like Merdon & Ellrich supporters are getting pretty desperate!

  2. Bryan Palus said

    TomKidd said

    If they have the majority of the council and aggressively supported the proposal, why is it dead? Why would the leader of the Thunder Hill group say Ulman & Ball helped?

    My reply… I do not believe you are familiar with the Thunder Hill Action Committee, a neighborhood
    action group with a hierarchy of officers. If by
    leader, you are referring to the Chairperson..then
    I know for a fact, you are not in possesion of the
    correct facts.

    The reason why the proposed development of CMC did not pass is that members of the county council reviewed the information and concluded, as residents
    of our neighborhood had been conveying, that the proposed development:

    Was not in compliance with the final development plan
    for the property in question.

    Would not have complied with the Adequate Public Facilities Act.

    Would have created severe traffic problems for the neighborhood as the ONLY egress to Route 175 for the
    700 plus families in the three communities located in that area is that entrance.

    Mr. Guy Guzzone who stated “Because of he many issues and obstacles which stand in the way of the proposed development, we have requested that Mr.
    Calvin Ball contact the developer and ask him to withdraw his proposal.

    I am not a Merdon or Ellrich supporter. However I was a part of the Thunder Hill Action Committee and
    am very informed by meeting minutes and attendance at the many meetings held.

    I notice that YOU, Mr. Kidd did not play any part nor were you ever a member of the Thunder Hill Action Committee.

    My statement stands…although the election is long past, and Mr. Ulman was elected…. If it had not
    been for the dedicated support by members of the Thunder Hill Action Committee in researching, analyzing, measuring and bringing to public attention the many reasons WHY this proposed development would have a negative impact, Councilman Ulman, Councilman Ball and others would have pushed this development onto the neighborhood of Thunder Hill with total disregard and / or ignorance of the many problems which it would have created.

    May I suggest, Mr. Kidd, that you might wish to acquaint yourself with the facts of the situation
    before jumping to conclusions based upon what other
    people have told you for their political gain.

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