Update, Oct. 3 5:30 p.m.: Some concerned residents have come to us asking for help locating the taped town hall meeting with County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) that took place Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Westland Middle School in Bethesda.
Click this link to be directed to the town hall video, available on the Montgomery County website. You may be directed to download a Microsoft application called Silverlight to view the video, which can be found here.
Original story, Sept. 22: A battalion of community members decked out in green showed up at Wednesday night's town hall meeting with Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) to support Nick's Organic Farm at the Brickyard Road site.
More than a third of the allotted hour for the meeting at Westland Middle School was spent on the Brickyard Road issue, as Leggett fielded comments ranging from the unique qualities of the farm site to suggestions of a farm/schoolhouse compromise on the land.
"Money is tight everywhere. Everybody's feeling the pinch," said Lisa Schnoor, a Silver Spring resident who supports keeping the farm.
"But there's lots of forms of wealth, and Nick's soil is wealth. It's really wealth, and I feel like it's so shortsighted for the county to say 'let's just cover it over; it's just a farm.'"
Leggett agreed that the farm possessed many unique qualities but argued that those qualities do not justify keeping it from public use.
He maintained his support of the soccer field plan and the county lease, directing questions of due process back to the courts.
"This is a county that values community involvement and input," he said.