Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

WEST COUNTY

November 11, 1992

MTA commuters may see the light in Crofton lot

Commuters who use Crofton's Park and Ride lot at the country club may not have to wait in the dark much longer.

The Crofton Civic Association is seeking approval from the state Mass Transit Administration to install lights at the lot. Community officials said many people have complained about the unsafe atmosphere.

"I walk the parkway," said Barbara Swann, Crofton's comptroller. "It's pitch black out there. It's awful."

Town Manager Jordan Harding will send a letter this week to the MTA, inquiring about installing light poles.

While no problems have been reported to police, association board members said at a meeting Monday night that they don't want to wait until a crime or accident occurs.

The MTA began using the parking lot at the Crofton Country Club last year, but was prohibited by civic association restrictions from erecting light poles.

There is no indication that the lot is a bus stop other than the commuters waiting to catch the bus to New Carrollton in the early mornings.

Board members said Monday that country club officials have no objection to the light poles but will not help pay for them. The MTA, which leases the lot on a month-to-month basis, may be willing to pay, said MTA spokeswoman Dianna Rosborough.

POLICE LOG

* Crofton: Vandals broke into a home in the 2400 block of Shadywood Circle and stole appliances Wednesday night. The property is valued at $1,030.

A resident who lives in the 1900 block of Cambridge Drive reported to police that someone broke into his home Wednesday and stole a video cassette recorder valued at $500.

* Laurel: A woman told police someone broke into her home in the 200 block of Red Clay Road sometime between Nov. 4 and yesterday. The burglars took several appliances and other property valued at $1,885.

* Severn: Vandals broke into the Prudential offices in the 1100 block of Annapolis Road on Thursday night and stole computer equipment valued at $3,805.

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