Finksburg residents upset with Dell's ideas Incinerator, highway plans targeted


Finksburg area residents are organizing to fight what they call "Dell-a-vision."

They oppose County Commissioner Donald I. Dell's proposal to extend Interstate 795 through Carroll and have formed the Carroll County Civic Association.

They want residents from other parts of the county to get involved, too, because the plan would affect all county residents, said Debbie Ridgely of Finksburg, one of the organizers.

The residents also oppose Mr. Dell's ideas to build an incinerator at the Northern Landfill and concentrate industrial growth along Route 140 from Finksburg to Westminster.

Tuesday night, 24 people met at the home of Neil and Debbie Ridgely to listen to advice from two Baltimore environmentalists who successfully fought a new incinerator in Baltimore.

The activists urged the residents to organize an outspoken group and get involved politically to fight Mr. Dell's plans.

Last month, 150 people crammed into the meeting hall at Emory United Methodist Church to show their opposition to his plans. Mr. Dell surprised them by showing up and answering their questions.

The residents said they oppose the highway extension because it would disrupt the quiet, country atmosphere of their neighborhoods and hurt their property values. Some suggested widening Route 140 instead.

They said they oppose the incinerator because it would increase air and noise pollution and traffic.

Mr. Dell has said his plan to extend I-795 roughly parallel to Route 140 from Baltimore County through Carroll to connect with Route 15 in Pennsylvania is just an idea.

He said he would ask the board of commissioners to vote on the idea in the fall.

Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy said he supports the plan. Commissioner Julia W. Gouge said she does not because it would eliminate the Route 30 bypass.

The commissioners appointed a 23-member citizens committee in January to study whether the county should build a waste-to-energy plant to burn trash and generate electricity.

Mr. Dell has said his plans would manage Carroll's growth, bring jobs for residents and allow preservation of agricultural land to continue.

He has been speaking to various community groups for several months to hear feedback on his ideas.

Last month, he spoke to some members of the Hanover Road Association, a group of residents who live along Route 30 between Glyndon and Carroll County.

Members generally supported Mr. Dell's plan to extend I-795 and have invited him to speak again in June, a spokesman said.

On Tuesday, members of the Finksburg-area group decided to form committees to study Mr. Dell's proposals, Mrs. Ridgely said.

Finksburg resident Andrew Dodge agreed to go door-to-door to inform more neighbors about the proposals, she said. Tuesday, Mr. Dodge presented a four-page paper titled "Reasons to Oppose the Proposed Plans for the Future of Carroll County."

Another resident will organize public meetings to discuss the issue, Mrs. Ridgely said.

The civic association will meet again on May 25. Mary Lewis of Elderberry Lane is leading the group.

Some group members also plan to attend a public information meeting at 7 p.m. June 3 at the Reese Fire Hall about a Finksburg business' plans to store and treat oil-contaminated soil.

Soil Cleansers Inc. at 2803 Dede Road, which is owned by Miller Asphalt Products Inc., has applied to the state Department of the Environment to burn contaminated soil.

The association is collecting information on the project and has not taken a stand on the issue, Mrs. Ridgely said.

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