Meeting set for public comment on call to close Perryman roads

September 17, 1995|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Sun Staff Writer

The Harford County Council will hear public testimony Tuesday night on a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. proposal to close public access to its 700-acre Perryman property permanently.

The Baltimore-based utility, working with nearby residents, wants two entrances -- Boyer and Bush River roads -- closed to prevent vandalism, fires and littering caused by people using the secluded wooded area for parties.

County Council members Mitch Shank and Susan B. Heselton introduced a resolution calling for the closing of the roads.

The hearing will begin at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers at the county courthouse in Bel Air.

Harford County owns the roads, but BGE owns the land around && them, said Frank Wanken, a public affairs officer for BGE. He said the company wants the roads closed because no one lives on the property and the roads only provide access for trespassers.

BGE's Perryman property, which has two power plants on it, is on the Bush River south of Perryman. It is bounded on the west by the Amtrak rail line and on the east by the Sod Run sewage treatment plant.

Since BGE purchased the property in the late 1960s, Mr. Wanken said, the thickly wooded property has been a magnet for young people who like to party there.

He said evidence of the partying is widespread. Beer cans, liquor bottles, trash and even syringes have been found. In addition, old tires, junk and other debris are dumped there.

"Just about anything you want to find, you can find down there," Mr. Wanken said.

After the public hearing Tuesday, the council could approve the road-closing resolution at its regular meeting that begins at 8 p.m.

The council also will hold a hearing on a proposal to charge owners of wireless and other mobile phones a monthly fee to help pay for the cost of emergency 911 service.

The charge would be 50 cents a month, the same fee residential and commercial customers pay to support 911 service.

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