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

July 13, 1993

Meeting slated on plan to move boot camp

The Greater Odenton Improvement Association (GOIA) plans a public meeting for Wednesday, Aug. 4, to discuss a proposal to move the Herman L. Toulson Correctional Boot Camp from Jessup to Fort Meade.

The civic association has voted to oppose the state's request to move the camp, which is being considered by officials at Fort Meade.

More than 200 residents packed a meeting in June held by the former garrison commander, Col. Kent D. Menser, and told him they vehemently opposed the proposal, which they complained took them by surprise.

The colonel had said he would make a recommendation on the boot camp to the Department of the Army before he retired at the end of June, but backed off after the meeting. The recommendation will now come from the new commander, Col. Robert G. Morris III.

Colonel Morris has not yet made any public statements regarding the camp, but Norman G. Myers, president of the GOIA, said he hopes the base commander and other Fort Meade officials will attend the meeting.

Mr. Myers said he has invited congressional representatives, local politicians, state correctional officials and any area resident who wishes to attend.

Maryland correctional officials proposed moving the camp to Fort Meade last year so it could expand from 365 to 500 inmates. The camp would be located 100 yards south of Route 175, near Route 32, across the street from the Seven Oaks community that eventually will have 4,700 homes.

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