Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills


December 09, 1992

Appeals board to hear sand-gravel firm challenges

The Board of Appeals today will attempt to sort out a number of challenges and appeals of a November ruling by a county hearing officer on the expansion of a sand and gravel operation near Crofton.

The owner of the 184-acre site, Cunningham Sand and Gravel, won the right to set up a rubble landfill, but was denied permission for a sand and gravel operation. The company, near routes 3 at 424, has asked the appeals board to remove the restriction.

The board also will hear from representatives of a nearby community association that is upset the county gave Cunningham Sand and Gravel permission to operate at all.

The Greater Gambrills Improvement Association has sent a letter to the Board of Appeals, raising concerns about potential ground water contamination and an increase in dirt, dust and noise.

"The face of the residential community has changed over the past 10 to 15 years and it is no longer an isolated island in the midst of unsettled acreage," the two-page letter states.

The association has asked the appeals board to close down the rubble landfill portion of the operation.

For its part, Cunningham Sand and Gravel wants the appeals board to overrule the hearing officer on the amount of fencing required around the site.

The Board of Appeals hearing is at 2 p.m. in the County Council chambers at the Arundel Center in Annapolis.

Crofton association approves budget

The Crofton Civic Association approved a $558,000 budget Monday night that increases spending 4.9 percent and maintains the tax rate at 28 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The 13-member board that governs the special tax district whittled down the town manager's proposed $570,000 budget, which would have been a 7 percent increase over last year.

Board members eliminated an 8.1 percent raise for the community counselor, choosing instead to give Linda R. Smith a 2.9 percent cost-of-living increase, the amount the community's eight other employees are to receive.

Association members also cut $500 from a $1,000 increase in employer contributions to the retirement fund -- making the total contribution to $1,500. The board also eliminated a new police rank that would have given two of the five officers a $600 raise.

Because the budget increase is under 5 percent, a special town meeting will not be required.

The only dissenting board member, Cathy Trebelhorn, argued that $2,500 being spent on a planning and zoning study that will be done by a college undergraduate student should be used for employee bonuses or raises instead.

Police seeking Laurel store robber

A Laurel convenience store was robbed early yesterday, county police reported.

Investigators said the robber walked into the Dash-In in the 3400 block of Laurel-Fort Meade Road at 5:17 a.m. and bought a pack of gum. When the cashier opened the register, the robber jumped over the counter and grabbed all the money out of the drawer.

A police dog tracked a suspect to a nearby apartment complex, where it lost the scent, investigators said.

Hanover boy shot in eye with BB gun

A 10-year-old Hanover boy was in good condition yesterday at University of Maryland Medical Center after being shot in the eye with a BB gun by another youth Monday afternoon, county police reported.

According to the police report, Michael Scott Ensey of the 100 block of Chesapeake Mobile Court was playing near a creek behind his home with another boy at 4:45 p.m. when he was shot in the eye with a BB gun. Police charged a 12-year-old boy with assault on a juvenile citation, the report stated.


* Crofton: A man told police that someone shot out the window of his 1987 Chevrolet Caprice as he was driving down the 1600 block of Park Ridge Circle in Crofton on Sunday.

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