Compressor Request Denied For Columbia

News in brief

December 09, 1990

The county zoning hearing examiner last week denied a request by Columbia Gas Transmission Co. to build a natural gas compressor station south of Jarrettsville.

In a 75-page opinion issued Tuesday, William F. Casey said the compressor station would be incompatible with the agricultural and residential area.

Columbia Gas, of Charleston W.Va., requested a special exception to allow the company to build the compressor station in an agricultural district.

The company wanted to build a 6,000-square-foot compressor station on a 30-acre tract off Rutledge Avenue. The $3.4 million station was expected to employ 10 people.

A Columbia Gas spokesman said the company will most likely appeal Casey's ruling to the County Council.

In October, Gov. William Donald Schaefer sent a letter to the company asking it to select another site for the compressor station.


The new County Council voted 7-0 Tuesday to appeal a Circuit Court judge's granting permission for Maryland Reclamation Inc. to apply to operate a rubble fill near Havre de Grace.

The outgoing council had deadlocked 3-3 at its last meeting Oct. 16 on a motion to appeal the case. The tie vote, which came because one council member abstained from the vote, effectively killed the motion to appeal the decision by Circuit Judge Cypert O. Whitfill.

However, the new council's right to reconsider whether to appeal was protected when the lawyer representing the council, James R. Eyler of Baltimore, acted independently and filed a notice of appeal with the state Court of Appeals in Annapolis. Eyler has said he acted without authorization from any current or former council members.

The council unanimously passed another motion Monday limiting the amount to be spent in legal fees for the appeal to $10,000.


The County Council Tuesday night guaranteed the Board of Education $2.8 million next year to cover the county's share of school construction projects and repairs to two older schools.

The projects must receive state approval.

First, the council voted 6-0, with one member abstaining, to provide $2.2 million in county money to cover Harford's 35 percent share of the construction costs for the new Route 543 elementary school. Councilman Robert S. Wagner, R-District E, abstained because he owns property that was considered as a site for that new school. Another site was chosen.

Then the council voted 7-0 to provide the Board of Education with another $604,946 for three other projects in the fiscal 1991-1992 budget year, which begins July 1, 1991. Those projects are:

* $368,535 for planning Belcamp area elementary.

* $82,500 for Bel Air High School boiler replacement.

* $153,911 for roof repairs to Hall's Crossroads Elementary.


Commissioners of Aberdeen agenda, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10

1. Prayer

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Approve minutes of Nov. 26

Public hearing:

1. Homestead Property Tax Credit Program

New business:

1. Conditional use request: Bays Tree Farm

2. Festival Park change order No. 4/playground equipment

3. Public comment

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