Council narrows site list to 4 for new 650-bed county jail COUNTYWIDE

November 11, 1992|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

The Anne Arundel County Council narrowed the list of potential sites for a 650-bed detention center to four last night, including the current jail location on Jennifer Road in Annapolis, hTC but not the Glen Burnie site originally favored by County Executive Robert R. Neall.

In a work session at Arundel High School in Gambrills, the council eliminated seven sites from consideration.

Among them, were the county-owned property on New Ordnance Road favored by Mr. Neall and the Millersville location on Veterans Highway, next to the police and fire headquarters, recommended by a citizen task force last month.

The sites that remain on the list will be included on an agenda for Monday night's council meeting.

At that time, council members will vote on resolutions recommending each particular site.

A crowd of about 500, many obviously frustrated by rules prohibiting them from voicing their opinion on the sites being discussed, jammed the auditorium. A few shouted unsolicited comments at council members.

Councilman Carl Holland introduced the idea of putting the Jennifer Road site on the list.

With the lack of money for school construction, he noted, many students are attending classes in trailers. "I don't see any reason why we can't use those trailers to put prisoners in," he said.

Mobile units could be used to house prisoners and expand the current facility at Jennifer Road. He said he would study the concept further and refine it for public presentation at a Nov. 18 hearing.

The motion to include his proposal was approved, 4-3, with council members Edward Middlebrooks, Maureen Lamb and Virginia Clagett voting against it.

In addition to the present detention center location, the potential sites include the Campbell property, a 445-acre gravel pit west of Crofton; property near Crownsville State Hospital; and the Konterra site in Jessup, which was rejected by the citizen task force because of the high cost of purchasing the property.

In addition to the Ordnance Road and Millersville sites, the sites eliminated from consideration were the Durner property, 116 acres in Crownsville; the Charles County property, a gravel pit in Davidsonville; the Fisher farm in Crownsville; the former Schramm's Turkey Farm, off Mountain Road in Pasadena; and the Genstar property in Bristol, which was rejected because of its remote location

Last month, a citizen task force appointed by Mr. Neall and the council recommended building the detention center at a Millersville site adjacent to the county police and fire headquarters on Veteran's Highway.

The task force earlier rejected the Ordnance Road site favored by Mr. Neall and originally approved by county officials. The site was ruled out after the committee reviewed a soil test done for the Coca-Cola Co. several years ago that showed higher than normal levels of carcinogens.

The public can address the council at a hearing set for 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday at Arundel High School. Speaker sign-ups begin at 6:30 p.m.

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