City to pay for Frazier home security

April 20, 1995|By Robert Guy Matthews | Robert Guy Matthews,Sun Staff Writer

Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier will receive $24,000 for a security system in his North Baltimore home, despite some criticism that it costs too much and sets a bad example for the city.

As the Board of Estimates approved the reimbursement deal yesterday by a vote of 3-2, mayoral candidate and board President Mary Pat Clarke voted "no," saying the city has never paid for a security system for a police commissioner.

"It's a slap in the face," she said. "It's a precedent we can't provide. We have to set the example that we are all in this together."

Mr. Frazier's contract has a provision for a security system, subject to board approval.

His home -- nestled among other large, stone houses in a quiet section of Blythewood Road -- has a $12,000 alarm system from Rollins Protective Services and a $10,000 security fence from Maryland Fence Manufacturing. He also spent $2,000 to install floodlights from Rowe Electric.

Board member Shirley A. Williams, who also voted against the request, balked at the cost. "I believe it was excessive," said Mrs. Williams, who also is deputy comptroller.

Joan and Deal Clark, citizens who attended the meeting yesterday, also said the system was too pricey. "He lives in one of the safest neighborhoods in the city, why does he need to spend that much money? . . . Just outrageous," Mr. Clark said.

But police spokesman Sam Ringgold said Mr. Frazier is concerned about his family's safety because he is trying to eliminate the city's drug markets. "He has received numerous threats, and they have to be taken seriously," Mr. Ringgold said.

Mr. Frazier could not be reached for comment.

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