Community fears proposed relief center

September 23, 1997|By Carolyn Melago | Carolyn Melago,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Some Henryton Road residents are afraid a proposed center for recovering addicts and the poor will threaten the safety of their secluded community.

The rural Howard County community of Meadowood is separated only by woods and a shallow, narrow part of the South Branch of the Patapsco River from the former Henryton Hospital in Carroll County, which is due to be turned over to a nonprofit agency Oct. 1.

"We chose this area to live in because we thought we'd left most of these problems elsewhere," said Tom Marney, who is spearheading a drive to keep the center out of the area. "Now the state is importing the problems."

Marney said parents are concerned about sending their children to a bus stop that is about a half-mile from the proposed center. Few cars travel Henryton Road, he said, and the bus stop is out of sight of parents and houses.

"We've got a lot of young kids up here, and it's just too close," said Bill Graham, a Henryton Road resident for 20 years.

Harvest International spokeswoman Lisa Hargrove said the people treated at the center would not endanger the community. "These won't be people who are crack-heads or harmful," she said.

Pub Date: 9/23/97

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