Council likely to approve sale of former compost facility But deal could cost Howard some money

January 27, 1998|By Craig Timberg | Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF

Members of the Howard County Council are prepared to approve the sale of Dorsey's former compost facility to a developer -- even if the county ends up losing money in the deal.

"It seems to be the only option we can come up with that's a viable solution," said Councilman Darrel E. Drown, an Ellicott City Republican, after a work session last night.

After a year of operation, the tri-county compost facility shut down in November 1996 because of opposition from neighbors, who filed 200 odor complaints and a $22 million lawsuit against it.

Officials from Howard, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties hope to recover some of their losses in the project, which cost $5.9 million.

Rock Realty Inc., a Reisterstown developer, has agreed to buy the 50-acre parcel off U.S. 1 on Dorsey Run Road for $3 million. That would leave $2.9 million of debt. Of that amount, Howard would owe $832,000.

All three counties would have to approve the sale. The Howard vote is scheduled for next week.

Under the deal, the counties would keep 2 1/2 acres and a transfer station, where compost is transferred for shipment to a facility in Prince George's County.

Pub Date: 1/27/98

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