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January 14, 1993

Hayden says ads won't deter him

Because of the recent paid radio advertising campaign sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police-Baltimore County Lodge No. 4, I thought it important to set the record straight on a number of impressions left by these advertisements.

Starting in September 1992, an ongoing effort has been made by every department in county government to identify every job, every function and the necessity of each. This inventory is designed to show any duplication of functions within or among departments. It will identify what are necessary service functions and what are convenience functions.

I have been personally involved in this effort from the beginning. There has been no blanket policy handed down to departments. Each agency and function is being ranked individually.

I have stated from the beginning of my administration that my four top priorities are public safety, education, health and the infrastructure. However, even these areas are being evaluated. For example, close attention is being paid to uniformed personnel who deliver direct service, versus personnel who perform other functions.

Elected union officials were briefed on the program review process Dec. 3 and asked for suggestions. Hundreds of citizens have taken the opportunity to meet with me in monthly face-to-face sessions and have given valuable suggestions about county government.

Every step taken in this process is being done with the best interest of the citizens of our county as the priority. These steps are taken out of the necessity caused by state cuts and the recession, which have caused $31 million in reduced revenue that cannot be made up from new taxes.

Paid radio or news advertisements by individual employee groups will not deter me from doing the job I was elected to do, which is to deliver maximum services with available funds. The buck stops here.

Roger B. Hayden

Towson

The writer is county executive of Baltimore County.

Flawed solid-waste accord

Solid-waste management is a complex responsibility requiring careful planning and comprehensive community input. Although the Maryland Solid Waste Accord presents many ideas and perspectives, its drafting was hurried and the accord was not subjected to sufficient community input.

The Southeast Association for the Environment recognizes that the accord contains positive aspects. However, when considered in its entirety, the accord falls short of achieving its mission of making Maryland the No. 1 state in solid-waste management. It should be considered only as a first step in a multi-step drafting process. Consequently, SAFE does not fully endorse the Maryland Solid Waste Accord.

SAFE's position does not negate the tremendous efforts put forth by the accord's participants. The cooperation of the community, government and industry is an extremely difficult and rare achievement. Throughout this century, communities, government, and private industry have existed in an adversarial relationship regarding policies affecting solid-waste facilities.

The community of Southeast Baltimore objected to the proposal of the Pulaski incinerator in the 1930s. Today we can see that its objections were well founded. The surrounding area has been degraded by air pollution and contaminated by landfills; its citizens disproportionately suffer from cancer and other environmentally related disease.

Sixty years later, Southeast Baltimore continues to find itself immersed in a continuing environmental war with government and private industry. The Maryland Department of the Environment currently is endorsing the Rosedale Soil Incinerator. Meanwhile, a rubble landfill in White Marsh is in the planning stages.

Moreover, indications of a new trash incinerator for Southeast Baltimore County continue to surface. An examination of the Route 40 East/I-95 corridor from Baltimore City to Harford County clearly reveals that this corridor is Maryland's dumping ground. One of the major faults of the accord is that it does not address the equitable distribution of solid-waste facilities or the negative aspects of other states dumping their waste in Maryland.

In order for Maryland to meet the mission of the Solid Waste Accord, being the No. 1 state in solid-waste management, solid-waste equality is paramount.

The accord's mission is further compromised by its lack of consideration for mandated government-owned solid-waste facilities. SAFE believes that the ultimate responsibility for solid waste rests with government. Consequently, solid-waste facility ownership rests with government.

Government ownership does not negate privatization of facility operation, maintenance and collection. The Pulaski incinerator is a prime example of the horrors that can result from the private ownership of a solid-waste facility.

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