Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

WEST COUNTY --

March 19, 1993

Ft. Meade weighs saving programs

The garrison commander at Fort Meade is reviewing proposals to keep open a financially strapped horse stable and two other activities that are losing money.

A base spokesman said Col. Kent D. Menser is reviewing a list of six options submitted by the Director of Personnel and Community Activities, who oversees the programs.

Don McClow, the spokesman, said base officials won't comment on what the proposals are. "Nobody has any idea" on when a decision might be made, he said. "We are in the review process."

Colonel Menser had slated the stables, an auto craft shop and a wood shop for review, concerned that other revenues might not be able to make up their large deficits. The programs do not use tax money, but are financed through fees.

But at three forums, people who use the programs argued to keep them open. The programs have submitted plans for turning a profit.

Users of the horse stables were particularly vocal. Active and retired officers and enlisted personnel, and their wives and children, complained for two hours last month that the $1 million complex was poorly advertised and managed and that previous plans submitted for horse shows that could have raised money were lost in Army bureaucracy.

The situation with the stables is complicated by the fact that the complex is not on Fort Meade property any more. It now sits on land transferred to the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.

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