Sludge facility rejects site in North Laurel


County Council Chairwoman Shane Pendergrass told North Laurel residents at a town meeting last night that they will not be living near a sludge storage facility.

A company that was considering locating a sludge storage facility on Route 1 in North Laurel has decided to look for another site, Ms. Pendergrass, D-1st, told the 16 residents who attended the town meeting at Laurel Woods Elementary School.

The company, BioGro Systems, was looking at a site on Lynnbuff Court, off Route 1, to build a storage facility for sludge from the Littel Patuxent Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Ms. Pendergrass said that Sue Rodgers, a technical services coordinator with BioGro, contacted her to ask her opinion of the site.

The councilwoman said she told Ms. Rodgers that the site was close to residential areas. "I said I don't think this is exactly what you think it is," Ms. Pendergrass recalled.

At Ms. Pendergrass' suggestion, Ms. Rodgers visited the site with the councilwoman and decided that it wasn't suitable for the storage facility.

Ms. Pendergrass also told residents about items in the proposed fiscal 1994 county budget that specifically affect the North Laurel and Savage areas. The County Council is examining the )) $289 million spending plan submitted by County Executive Charles I. Ecker.

She said that the county police substation at routes 216 and 29 should open in fiscal 1994, which begins July 1.

"Hopefully, it will help in terms of police response times," she said.

Ms. Pendergrass said it's likely that the budget will include money for the Savage Eat Together program for seniors, many of whom must travel to Laurel for the service.

The program, which operates at different sites throughout the county, provides eligible seniors with a nutritious lunch. The county's budget includes money to build appropriate kitchen facilities to operate the program in Savage, the councilwoman said.

"People get to go and have a healthy meal, but they also get to be around people," Ms. Pendergrass said. "We have an aging population in Savage and North Laurel, and it's a real need."

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