Prince Frederick, MD – While there are concerns about putting more traffic on Route 2/4, the Calvert County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday, March 24 for staff to move forward with a plan to relocate the town of Lusby’s trash drop-off and recycling site to the Appeal Landfill.

For some time county officials have wanted to move the Lusby Convenience Center from its current location off southbound H.G. Trueman Road to a site that could better handle the volume of traffic. In addition to traffic safety issues, the H.G. Trueman Road site has little space (1.2 acres) and is limited in the amount of recycling that can be done there. A mix of residential and commercial traffic traverses H.G. Trueman Road in the Lusby Town Center.

According to a memo from Department of Public Works Deputy Director of Enterprise Fund Operations Mark Willis, 15 potential sites were considered. In addition to Appeal Landfill, a county-owned parcel on Margaret Taylor Boulevard, just off the Southern Connector Road between Mill Creek Middle School and Southern Calvert Baptist Church, was presented as an alternative. The tract is 1.81 acres.

Willis noted the Margaret Taylor Boulevard location had some major issues, too, including inadequate stormwater management and traffic congestion during school and church dismissal hours. County officials would only be able to do a moderate expansion of the recycling services at the H.G. Trueman site. Willis expressed doubt that the Margaret Taylor Boulevard location would remain viable in another seven years.

“With the close proximity of both the existing Lusby and Appeal convenience centers, expanding the Appeal Landfill site appears to be more efficient than operating two sites,” Willis stated in a memo to the commissioners.

The convenience center would be located within the Appeal Landfill site, on 4.5 acres. The current recycling and trash drop-off site would be transformed into a more modern facility with unlimited recycling expansion potential.

“This is a full-service area,” said Willis, who conceded county government staff could not come up with any good reasons not to locate the facility at the Appeal Landfill.

Commissioner Pat Nutter [R – District 2] admitted he was uncomfortable about putting more vehicles on Route 2/4. Nutter pointed out that approximately 95 percent of Lusby’s residents live east of Route 2/4.

Department of Public Works Director Rai Sharma noted that there are two lighted intersections that make the trek to the Appeal Landfill less dangerous. The intersections are at Route 2/4 and Cove Point Road and Route 2/4 at Rousby Hall Road. “It will be a safer area,” said Sharma.

Commissioner Tom Hejl [R- At Large] pointed out that the H.G. Trueman Road convenience center location also poses traffic safety issues, a point Nutter did not dispute.

Commissioner Evan K. Slaughenhoupt Jr. [R – District 3] noted that many Lusby residents have grown weary of the stacking issues outside the current Lusby site and are already driving to the Appeal Landfill.

When asked if staff had a cost estimate for creating the larger facility at Appeal Landfill, Willis indicated there was no exact figure at this time. He noted the estimate for the expansion of trash and recycling facilities at Mt. Hope Community Center in Sunderland was expected to cost $2.5 million and that was likely to be the estimated price tag of the Appeal Landfill project.

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