From Harford County government:
(Bel Air, MD) – – Harford County Executive David R. Craig has announced that he no longer wishes to pursue the purchase of the Prologis property in Joppa, and asks the County Council to withdraw the proposed legislation. County Executive Craig cited the potential move of a major business to Harford County that may occupy the former GAP Company building located adjacent to the Prologis property.
“We are actively pursuing a major firm to relocate to Harford County and join our outstanding business community,” County Executive Craig stated. “The business we hope to bring to Harford County is a strong national firm that could bring nearly 500 jobs to our county,” Craig stated.
As a result of the recent developments to potentially bring a business to the former GAP Company building, Harford County Government will no longer pursue efforts to purchase the Prologis property for the purpose of providing a road for truck traffic to the Solid Waste-to-Energy plant located in Joppa. However, Harford County Government will continue to explore opportunities to provide an alternative for truck traffic traveling to and from the plant other than MD Rt. 152.
Harford County Government will continue to explore various options in working with the U. S. Army at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in seeking a better access route to the proposed new Waste-to-Energy plant which will be constructed near the existing plant, but on APG property.
“We realize residents of the Joppa area are concerned about truck traffic through their community that travels to the Waste-to-Energy plant on a daily basis,” County Executive Craig stated. “However, we are not abandoning our efforts to build a new plant on property of the nearby Aberdeen Proving Ground to serve Harford and Baltimore County for many years to come,” Craig stated.
The Department of Public Works will present a report regarding the status of solid waste management in Harford County and recommendations for operations in the future, to the Harford County Council in January 2010.
Ron C says
I encourage all Edgewood and Joppa residents to continue to be vigilant in holding Harford County Council members accountable for legislation that affects the well-being and health of residents of the area it serves. I would like to thank Councilman Guthrie and Mary Ann Lasanti, as well as countless others including Edgewood Community Council, for the proactive approach to this issue.
Again I ask that residents don’t just go back into hiding on this issue, trust me this is just one hurdle that has been destroyed, there will be more in coming months. I found it somewhat funny that David Craig decided to scrap the bill an just hours before residents voiced their concern in a special hearing. Whether it be higher taxes in the county or purchases which lack substantial benefit to taxpayers and/or county stay on top of this folks. Great job citizens on letting folks know they can’t “tread on us”.
Dion F. Guthrie - Councilman says
I agree with “Ron C”, we need to stay vigilant and stay in touch with me on this and any other issue of concern. The more eyes we have on any issue the better. We also need to keep the Army in our sites as to what they are doing in our area, they need our help to get this done. They need to do this on our terms, not theirs. I have a list of over a 1000 people on my e-mail list that I send daily notices to, if you would like to be on that list, send me your e-mail address and I will add you to that list. Happy Holidays to you and yours and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Try doing this in Bel Air,Abingdon, Fallston,Forest Hill and you’ll really see the feathers fly! The whole idea had the smell of corruption about it.