WEST COUNTY--Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

January 28, 1993

Appeals board delays landfill decision

Faced with hours of testimony to sort through, the county Board of Appeals has decided it needs more time before reaching a decision on a proposed rubble landfill in the Forks of Patuxent area of Odenton.

Another meeting is scheduled for Feb. 23.

The Silver Spring-based Halle Cos. wants to put the landfill on 150 acres in a 480-acre parcel off Patuxent Road. The company also wants permission to operate a sand and gravel operation on 35 acres and variances to allow the operation within 1,000 feet of nearby homes.

An administrative hearing officer turned the project down in March 1991, agreeing with nearby residents that clogged roads would be further burdened by the 250 trucks driving in and out each day.

Halle then turned to the appeals board, prompting one of the longest series of hearings in county history. Twelve hearings were held from April 28 to Nov. 25, many three hours long -- topping the 30 hours of hearings in 1982 for what is now Marley Station Mall.

The County Office of Planning and Zoning has recommended that the appeals board turn the project down. But in what the board's attorney described as an unusual move, the county submitted a list of 15 conditions it would like placed on the company if the board rules in the company's favor.

Those conditions include hours of operations, road improvements, a restriction on the number of trucks, and a mandate that no rubble come in by train.

Laurel man charged in liquor store robbery

A Laurel man was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon after police said he threatened a liquor store clerk with a knife Tuesday night.

Investigators said Eddie Silcox, 38, of the 200 block of Spring Gap Road, took several bottles of liquor from the Starting Gate liquor store at 6:18 p.m. and put them under his jacket. When the clerk saw him, Mr. Silcox allegedly pulled out a knife and threatened him before running from the store.

Police soon found Mr. Silcox and brought him back to the store in the 3400 block of Fort Meade Road. The clerk identified him as the man who had threatened him and had taken the liquor, police said.

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