Resident Oppose Bus Depot Plans For Farmland

Residents have voiced their concerns over Baltimore County plans to purchase a 26-acre farm that include using part of the open space as a school bus depot.

"Because the county would use nearly $674,000 of state Program Open Space money for the purchase, most of the land would be restricted to recreational uses. But county officials said there is a "remote" possibility that part of the farm could be used for a bus lot, which they say is desperately needed to reduce school transportation costs."

"But several residents said a bus depot would clash with the character of their rural community."

"'These kinds of facilities should be placed in areas that are zoned industrial,' Danielle Welch-Blair said. She added that she feared the possibility of gasoline spills in an area where homes are served by wells. 'It's not going to take a lot of contamination of groundwater to affect our wells if something happens.'"

"Michael Trush, president of the Greater Kingsville Civic Association, said the farm, along with the golf course behind it, is one of the "signature" sights at the community's entrance."

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