5-day open planning session to decide fate of Warfield


Sykesville has scheduled an intensive planning session for the Warfield Complex next month and is opening the five-day series to anyone interested in the town's future.

The state Board of Public Works deeded the 131-acre property and its 15 buildings, which are 100 years old, at the Springfield Hospital Center to Sykesville in December.

The town appointed a 13-member Warfield Advisory Committee last month and charged it with developing a master plan for the complex. The panel, chaired by Mayor Jonathan S. Herman, held the first of several preliminary meetings yesterday.

Committee members include state and town officials; a county planner; business leaders; Trudi Brown, assistant to the superintendent of Springfield Hospital Center; and Kathy Horneman, founder of South Carroll Coalition, an Eldersburg community group.

The committee will address economic development, historic preservation, environmental issues, and the creation of a business and industrial center in its plan.

Police seek vandals who shot, damaged pumping station

Vandals shooting high-powered rifles have caused more than $7,000 damage to a county pumping station in the Edgewood subdivision in Eldersburg, county officials say.

Shooting incidents on Dec. 31, Jan. 27, Feb. 13 and Feb. 17 have destroyed a $250 deadbolt, a $500 metal door and metal vents, said Wayne Lewns, chief of the county Bureau of Utilities. The damage ultimately affects water and sewer rates for all utility users, he said.

The county government is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible, Lewns said.

Residents are warned against entering the area or attempting to apprehend suspects.

Anyone with information about the incidents may call Lewns at 410-386-2164 or state police at 410-848-3111. Callers' names will be kept confidential, he said.


Sykesville: Firefighters responded at 5: 52 p.m. Saturday to a fire alarm in the 2000 block of Rudy Serra Drive. Units were out 30 minutes.

Sykesville: Firefighters responded at 6: 37 a.m. Saturday to a brush fire on Mineral Hill and Oklahoma roads. Units were out 27 minutes.

Pub Date: 3/03/98

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