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I am writing in response to the Aug. 10 article, “Collins: Hughesville site more suitable for youth jail,” and the August 15, 2012 article, “Officials spar over home for youth jail.” As a point of clarification, at no time have I proposed, solely supported or “championed” the proposed Juvenile Detention Center at the Hughesville site.
When Department of Juvenile Services Secretary Sam Abed notified me that the Acton Lane site had been chosen, I expressed my dissatisfaction that all sites had not been adequately reviewed. I specifically brought up the Hughesville site since I was aware that the department was sent information regarding the property by the property representative and was told that the information was not accepted by the department, nor was the department interested in meeting to discuss the Hughesville location.
Most recently, Sen. Mike Miller and I met with Abed and asked for the analysis completed on the Hughesville site. Abed agreed to provide the analysis as well as review the new water and sewer capacity issues that have come to light regarding the Acton Lane site.
I have received and reviewed the Hughesville site analysis conducted by the Maryland Environmental Service. There appear to be many limitations cited in the analysis. If the Hughesville site were pursued further, rest assured the Charles County legislative delegation and commissioners would insist on public hearings and citizen input as was the case in the previously considered sites.
I continue to encourage and support a coordinated effort with our elected officials and our community to find the best-suited site for the state that will serve our Southern Maryland Community/Region V.
Thomas “Mac” Middleton, Waldorf
The writer is the state senator representing Charles County.