Council members split on where to place new jail

January 30, 1994

Three North Anne Arundel County Council members are preparing legislation to place a new detention center in Crownsville. The resolution is an effort to strike back at three council members who are backing plans for a jail in Glen Burnie.

Council Chairman Edward Middlebrooks and council members Carl "Dutch" Holland and George Bachman began preparing the resolution after council members Maureen Lamb, David G. Boschert and Virginia P. Clagett introduced a resolution last week to locate the jail off Ordnance Road.

Friday, Mr. Middlebrooks said the Ordnance Road site, a former Army supply depot, already was rejected by the council and a citizen advisory committee because of radioactive waste on the land.

The citizens group also rejected the Crownsville site in favor of a site next to police headquarters in Millersville.

But the council ignored that recommendation and voted to expand the existing jail on Jennifer Road.

Diane Evans, the only council member whose name does not appear on either resolution, said last week she would vote for the Ordnance Road site, provided the resolution supporting it includes renovations to the Jennifer Road jail and the sponsors withstand the inevitable pressure from angry residents.

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