Jail site panel urges alternative to prisonANNAPOLIS...


November 30, 1992|By From Staff Reports

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY ANNAPOLIS — Jail site panel urges alternative to prison

ANNAPOLIS -- When the fireworks started over choices of a new Anne Arundel County Detention Center site, an advisory panel's report on sentencing alternatives was lost in the smoke.

In its written report to the County Executive and County Council, the task force recommended implementing a "community corrections program." Such a system would try to solve the kinds of problems that land a person in jail: drug and alcohol abuse, lack of job skills and education, an inability to deal with anger or personal problems.

Although they cost money at first, such programs ultimately are cost-effective because they reduce the number of people who return to jail -- and diminish the jail overcrowding problem, proponents say.

"I would say there has been a growing trend in metropolitan counties doing community corrections for the past 20 years, and Anne Arundel County hasn't even started," said Nicholas Demos, who chaired the advisory task force.

Raise for counselor riles community board


CROFTON -- Crofton's town manager wants to give the town's psychological counselor a raise almost three times higher than what the community's eight other employees are getting. And that is not sitting well with civic association board members.

Jordan Harding, the manager, has proposed giving Counselor Linda R. Smith a $2,200 raise in fiscal 1994, or 8.1 percent. He has said the current salary of $27,000 isn't competitive with what her colleagues in surrounding communities make.

The salary for someone with six years' experience can be as much as $35,000, he said.

But that may not persuade the unincorporated community's Board of Directors, who are scheduled to debate the salary issue tonight as part of their budget deliberations.

Dead man in motel apparently overdosed



ROSEDALE -- A 43-year-old man who was found dead in a motel room on Pulaski Highway Friday morning apparently took an overdose of crack cocaine, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Michael Ronald Trescott, who lived in a room of Pierre's Motel in the 11000 block of Pulaski Highway, was found in bed with an unconscious woman at 11:45 a.m. after nearby guests complained to the management of a foul odor.

The woman, identified as Kyla Elizabeth Swenson, 34, who also lived at the motel, was reported in critical condition yesterday at Franklin Square Hospital.

The couple had last been seen Monday evening by friends in Baltimore, police said.

Police found drug paraphernalia in the room and traces of a white substance that appeared to be crack cocaine, authorities said.

Carroll community to get water, sewer



PLEASANT VALLEY -- This small community northwest of Westminster soon will have no more erratic water pressure, and in a few cases, residents will be saying goodbye to the old privy. Planned new water and sewer systems should also reduce the threat of pollution to nearby Bear Branch from private septic waste discharged into ditches or streams.

The county government has been operating the area's water system for about two years, since former owner Viola Leister told county officials she could no longer maintain the community water system that she and her late husband, Paul C. Leister, operated since 1929.

A sewer system became a public health concern in conjunction with plans to install a new water system, said Charles L. Zeleski, Carroll County Health Department director of environmental health.

"We figured if the county took over and [customers] had dependable pressure, water use would increase and then you'd have more failing systems," Mr. Zeleski said.

A health department survey in the fall of 1990 found 22 properties without adequate acreage to install a new septic system if one were needed, 15 where replacement would require pumping waste uphill and five where space to install a replacement system was questionable.

Department surveyors also found five overflowing septic systems, one that appeared in danger of overflowing, three homes using outhouses or minimal indoor plumbing, 11 properties discharging waste into a nearby ditch or stream, six where the point of discharge was questionable and two where old hand-dug wells were being used as septic tanks.

Silver Run citizens to discuss EPA cleanup


SILVER RUN -- Silver Run citizens working to get the Keystone Sanitation Landfill cleaned up in nearby Pennsylvania will meet tonight to discuss their meeting last Monday with officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Tonight's meeting is to be a work session, said Susan Hardinger, president of People Against Contamination of the Environment Inc.

EPA officials said they would respond to some of the citizens' requests for information by today, Ms. Hardinger said.

The landfill, in Union Township, Pa., near the Maryland line, is suspected of polluting residents' water. PACE has worked on cleanup efforts with county, state and federal agencies for 10 years.

A federal Superfund cleanup of the 35-acre landfill will begin in 15 to 18 months and could take 18 months.

Engineering work set for 2 Potomac dams



HAGERSTOWN -- Engineering work is beginning on two 19th-century dams on the Potomac River that are in disrepair, according to Thomas Hobbs, superintendent of the Chesapeake Ohio Canal Historical Park.

Federal and state officials said construction was not likely to begin until spring on Dam No. 4, 11 1/2 miles upstream from Shepherdstown, W.Va., and Dam No. 5., 6 1/2 miles upstream from Williamsport. About $800,000 in federal money has been authorized for the emergency repairs.

Erosion and damage likely was caused by large chunks of ice pulling masonry from the dams.

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