SILVER RUN — Residents opposed to a pet crematory at the Silver Run Industrial Park have sent 123 letters to the state requesting a hearing on a decision to issue a permit allowing the crematory.
Two weeks ago, the Maryland Department of the Environment announced it had decided to issue a permit to Howard County businessman Jerry Rosenbaum to operate acrematory for domestic animals.
Rosenbaum owns a pet cemetery in Dorsey. Two years ago, the stateshut down two crematories he operated there because they did not meet emissions standards and did not have operating permits.
The state said residents could request a hearing to contest the decision, butthey must argue that they would be "adversely affected" by the crematory.
Tuesday, citizen representatives delivered the letters, which represent 418 people, to the MDE, said Iven Rathbone, the leader ofthe Silver Run Residents Opposed to the Pet Crematorium.
MDE spokesman John Goheen said the agency will answer each letter. Some of the issues raised in the letters have been addressed by MDE officials, he said.
If a hearing is granted, residents must be prepared to gather evidence and present it at a "trial-type hearing," Goheen said.
On Feb. 7, about 150 residents attended a meeting at St. Mary's Lutheran Church to discuss the crematory and organize the letter-writing campaign, Rathbone said.
They collected $400 to help pay for a lawyer if one is needed for a hearing, Rathbone said.
Residents oppose the crematory because they fear it will affect air quality and their health, contaminate wells, lower property values and generate more traffic.
County Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy and state Del. Donald B. Elliott, D-Carroll, Howard, also attended the meeting.
"It was a full house. They (the residents) were very verbal," Rathbone said.
Lippy said he didn't have many answers for the citizens who wereupset that zoning in the area allows a pet crematory. Zoning laws were written in the early 1960s, he said, adding that he personally supports their cause.
LICENSE IS TRANSFERRED
The county liquor board Tuesday agreed to allow the owners of R & R Liquors in Taneytown to transfer their liquor license to a new owner.
William P. Dilley, 29, of Westminster is the new owner of the liquor store, located at 27 E. Baltimore St.
The former owners of the liquor and convenience store are Bruce and Ellen Roper and Richard Bolton, liquor board records show.
In another case Tuesday, the board heard charges that theowners of BJ's, a Westminster bar and restaurant, served beer to a minor on Dec. 8.
Barry Snyder and Joseph Kaplan are charged with serving beer to Christopher D. Bingel, 20, of Westminster, liquor boardrecords show.
The charge was filed after a Westminster police officer, who was parked at Fairground Village where BJ's is located, sawBingel leave the bar around 1 a.m., records show.
The officer knew Bingel was not 21, the legal drinking age, records state. Bingel admitted to drinking a couple of beers at BJ's and said he was not asked to show identification, records show.
The board will issue a written decision within 30 days.
Two weeks ago, the owners were fined$1,500 and their liquor license was suspended for five days after the board ruled that they served beer to three minors in November.
Snyder and Kaplan opened BJ's in July. It had been operated by different owners as Jeremy's Restaurant and Lounge.
OPTOMETRISTS TAKE CLASS
HAMPSTEAD -- Drs. Thomas P. Kenney and CharlesP. Morgan, who practice here, recently completed a course in cataract patient co-management.
As a result of the training, the doctors can assist the eye surgeon in delivering care to Medicare patients who require cataract surgery by offering follow-up care in the community.