Crafton, Odenton, Fort Meade, Gambrills

WEST COUNTY --

October 02, 1992

Probe clears Millersville landfill management of misconduct

A state prosecutor says she has found no criminal misconduct at the county's Millersville landfill and has closed her investigation into its management.

Neighbors complained to the state's Environmental Crimes Unit last spring that the landfill, operated for 18 years by the county Department of Public Works, chronically violated state environmental laws.

After a routine investigation, "we determined there was no criminal conduct," said Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Beebe Volz.

The Maryland Department of the Environment cited the county for breaking the rules governing landfills and trash disposal in April. But, Ms. Volz said, those infractions do not carry criminal sanctions.

To prosecute an individual, Ms. Volz said the state would have to prove someone deliberately violated rules governing hazardous wastes or protecting water quality.

That was not the case at Millersville, Ms. Volz said. The problems there appeared to stem from poor management decisions, she said.

"We didn't find any criminal motive so we closed the case," Ms. Volz said.

The department has given the county until Oct. 6 to construct a safe disposal area at the landfill, with a protective plastic liner, and to comply with other environmental rules.

Jody Vollmar, a spokeswoman for the county Department of Utilities, said the county is on schedule to meet the state deadline and could begin dumping "soft" garbage in the lined area today. Workers began installing the liner in late August.

Odenton developer gets county's approval

A developer building 160 town houses in Odenton has received county approval to add eight more units to the 16-acre subdivision near Patuxent and Waugh Chapel roads.

Winchester Homes Inc., which is building Kings Ransom, wants to expand because of strong sales. All but 10 of the 160 completed town houses have been sold.

Administrative Hearing Officer Robert C. Wilcox approved the expansion last week, writing in his opinion that the additional eight units will not adversely impact roads, schools or sewers.

Mr. Wilcox said the additional homes will sell for between $115,000 and $120,000.

Anyone wishing to appeal this decision to the Board of Appeals )) must file their request by Oct. 22.

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