County Council actions
The County Council is expected to change the county human rights law tomorrow night to prohibit housing discrimination based on a person's source of income.
The bill would make it illegal for landlords with more than one rental unit to deny housing to people with federal housing subsidies or to newly separated or divorced spouses who have no source of income other than alimony.
The council will also vote on whether to spend another $425,000 to stabilize the Patapsco Female Institute ruins. It will also decide whether to spend an additional $450,000 on a headquarters for the Parks and Recreation Department. The headquarters is slated to cost more than $5 million, and the Patapsco project is expected to exceed $1.5 million.
The council will also vote on a new contract for Police Department employees and several changes in regulations covering developer agreements.
The council will conduct a work session on the legislation at 8 p.m., with the legislative session to follow immediately.
The legislative session will be held tomorrow rather than the
first Monday in August because the council does not meet in August.
A Columbia Council member's idea to introduce more people to under-used swimming pools is a roaring success, council members were told last week.
Norma Rose, who was elected to represent Wilde Lake village in April, proposed the one-time program of discount coupons to encourage people to use 11 Columbia Association pools, three in Wilde Lake, that are heavily subsidized because of their low use. The association has 21 neighborhood pools.
The program is also intended to give something of value to people who pay the association's annual property charge but may not be using its other facilities or services.
The program began July 16, and as of last Thursday's council meeting, 615 of the coupons have been redeemed. The program ends on Labor Day.
The coupons are $2 for each adult visit, and $1 for each child, with a limit of 12 childrens' visits or six adult visits per household. The normal daily admission for people who live in Columbia is $7 for adults and $4.75 for children.
Father sues Hecht Co.
The father of a 6-year-old Clarksville girl is seeking $500,000 in damages against the Hecht Co. in Columbia, claiming that the child suffered permanent disfiguring injuries when a glass store display fell on the child three years ago.
In a lawsuit filed in Howard County Circuit Court, John Peters, of the 13000 block of Twelve Hills Road, alleges that the accident stemmed from negligence on the part of the Hecht Co. Named as a defendant in the suit is the May Department Stores Co., which owns the Hecht. Co.
According to the lawsuit, Linda Peters and her 3-year-old daughter, Ruth, were shopping at the Hecht Co. store in the Columbia Mall on July 15, 1989.
A heavy glass display in the women's department fell on top of Ruth, pinning the child under a sheet of heavy glass. It required the effort of Ms. Peters and two store employees to free the child, the lawsuit states.
Ruth sustained permanent, painful and disfiguring injuries toheteeth, mouth face, head and body, the suit alleges.
Meeting about Route 100
Ellicott City residents will get a chance tomorrow night to learn about the county's first segment of Route 100, which will connect the U.S. 29 interchange with Route 104.
State Highway Administration and county public works representatives will be on hand from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Maryland School for the Deaf, on Old Montgomery Road near Route 108.
"We wanted to make sure that the people between 29 and 104 knew what was coming, so there wouldn't be any surprises," said James M. Irvin, county public works director.
Construction on the segment is expected to begin later this year and take from nine months to a year to finish the initial two-lane segment, Mr. Irvin said.
He estimated construction would cost $4 million, and land purchases would cost $2 million for that phase. The county will pay for the project, hoping to be reimbursed later from the now-depleted state Transportation Trust Fund.