Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann has nominated Robert E. Williamson as the director of public works.
Williamson, 45, is a project manager for Gannett Fleming Inc., a Baltimore engineering firm. He resides in Newark, Del.
He was city engineer for Trenton, Mich., from December 1985 untilApril 1989, when he began working for Gannett Fleming.
As public works director, Williamson will be responsible for highways, water and sewer, solid waste management and the environmental affairs divisions.
If his appointment is approved by the County Council, Williamson would replace acting public works director William T. Baker Jr.
Baker, who had been deputy director for the division of engineering,took over as acting director several months ago on the retirement ofThomas F. Smith.
Susan Collins, a spokeswoman for the county administration, said Williamson's salary was still being negotiated. Collins said Smith's salary had been about $67,000.
THIRD-GRADERS' NAME WINS
You can credit Jeane Tilley's third-grade class at Deerfield Elementary School in Edgewood for the name of the new MARC train that will begin serving Harford residents May 1.
"Susquehanna Flyer" was the winning entry among 49 names that were suggested in the "Name the Train" contest conducted by the county government among Harford public elementary school students in grades three through five.
Tickets for the Susquehanna Flyer will go on sale April 26 at the Aberdeen Railroad Station and at the Edgewood Depot. Round trip between Aberdeen and Baltimore will cost $93; round trip fare between Aberdeen and Washington will be $159.
COMCAST TO RAISE RATES
Comcast Cablevision Inc. will raise its rate for expanded basic cable service to Harford County customers by 7.5 percent to $21.50 per month beginning May1.
The last rate increase for expanded basic service occurred in May 1990, when the cost jumped from $17.95 to $19.99.
Expanded basic cable includes all channels, except premium channels such as HBO, Showtime and Cinemax.
The monthly charge for single premium channels will be raised to $11.99 per month. Comcast says the increase willbe the first for premium rates since 1983.
Company administratorsattributed the increase to higher costs for postage, fees to programproviders, fuel, insurance and labor.
Comcast this year reduced its rate for limited basic service of 10 channels from $10 per month to $7.95 a month.
MURDER TRIAL WEDNESDAY
The trial of an Aberdeen man charged with murdering a 21-year-old Aberdeen Proving Ground police clerk is scheduled to begin in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Wednesday.
Daniel E. Turner, 32, is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, robbery and attempted rape, among other charges, for the March 12, 1990, stabbing death of Spc. 4 Bonnie S. Joseph, court documents say.
Turner was scheduled for trial in Harford Circuit Court, but defense attorneys requested that the trial be moved to another county.
Because the Harford State's Attorney's Office is seeking the death penalty, the change of venue request was granted automatically.
The victim was working the night shift when she left the Army post to get food for herself and co-workers. She was abducted at an Aberdeen convenience store, according to police reports.
Turner was arrested on March 12, the day Joseph's body was found in a field off Van Bibber Road in Edgewood. She had been stabbed 25 times, police said.
Turner, a one-time circus laborer, served about four yearsin prison for a 1985 conviction of assaulting a 25-year-old Aberdeenwoman.
He was released in July 1989 from the state Correctional Adjustment Center in Baltimore.
CLAIM YOUR SPRUCE
Harford residentswho recycled their Christmas trees in January can use the coupons they received this winter to claim free Norway spruce seedlings throughMay 16.
Nearly 4,000 people received tree coupons for dropping off Christmas trees that were chipped into mulch.
Seedlings can be picked up at Aberdeen's Festival Park, Howard and Franklin streets; Bel Air Public Works Department's equipment yard on Route 22 near BynumRoad; the Harford Waste Disposal Center, 3241 Scarboro Road, in Street; Havre de Grace Public Works Department's equipment yard, 395R Wilson St.; and the county Public Works Department's equipment yard on Route 165 in Jarrettsville.