Balto. Co.seeks order against Jett

October 22, 1991|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Evening Sun Staff

Amid claims of intensifying fire dangers at the long burning tree stump dump in Granite, Baltimore County officials have again petitioned the courts to force dump owner James Jett to clear a buffer area and stop alleged interference with county workers.

County Attorney H. Emslie Parks revealed at last night's County Council meeting that the county is seeking a new court hearing, based on allegations that Jett has failed to clear an area of the burning dump as ordered by the court in August and has prevented environmental inspectors from entering the property.

Jett's lawyer, Michael P. Tanczyn, said no one has been barred except for an aide to County Executive Roger B. Hayden who stopped by for an unofficial visit after playing golf nearby. He said the clearing has not occurred because Jett is broke after the order closing the Dogwood Road dump. All workers were laid off, Tanczyn said.

The fire began Feb. 2.

An affidavit from county Fire Chief Elwood H. Banister Jr. said the fire has continued to move underground toward the area that was to have been scraped clean under the Aug. 1 court order that told Jett to close until the work is done.

The fire is getting closer to a new pile of stumps Jett allowed onto the property for shredding before the court order, Banister said, and the ground has cracked and developed holes -- one 4 feet wide -- near several large unused greenhouses.

No date for a hearing has been set. County efforts to buy the 35 acres still are preliminary, he said.

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