In Baltimore City City police union overwhelmingly OKs...

City/County Digest

July 12, 2000|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

City police union overwhelmingly OKs three-year contract

Baltimore's police union overwhelmingly appoved a new contract with the city yesterday, with more than 98 percent of those voting ratifying a three-year deal that provides raises of up to 33 percent for top officers.

It is the largest single pay raise in Police Department history and is retroactive to July 1. The contract, ratified yesterday by Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3, raises starting pay for patrol officers to $35,784 by 2002. The cost to taxpayers will be about $30 million.

Before yesterday's vote, Baltimore police salaries were ranked 262 out of 305 cities nationwide.

In Baltimore County

Construction is under way on Honeygo access road

PERRY HALL - Construction has begun on an extension of Honeygo Boulevard between Ebenezer and Belair roads.

Comer Construction Co. of Harford County was hired to build the $2.1 million road, designed in part to provide access to Honeygo Park, 180 acres owned by the county that have remained undeveloped because of the lack of roads.

"This road should be a major benefit for the Perry Hall community," said County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a Democrat who represents the area.

Parkville library to hold "Harry Potter" event

PARKVILLE - The Parkville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library has scheduled book discussions, games and magic tricks celebrating the "Harry Potter" book series.

The event for children ages 8 and older will take place Monday at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Tickets are free, but are required. They can be reserved by calling 410-887-5353, or obtained at the library, 9509 Harford Road.

Iris Society planning annual plant sale Saturday

TOWSON - The Shops at Kenilworth, on Kenilworth Drive, will be the site of the Francis Scott Key Iris Society's annual iris rhizome sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The society will offer rhizomes, potted irises and other companion plants for sale, and its members will be available to answer questions about growing irises. The sale benefits the society's scholarship program for local college students studying horticulture.

Information: Carol Warner, 410-374-4788.

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