Public works board OKs funds to buy land for greenway...

Arundel Digest

February 14, 2002

Public works board OKs funds to buy land for greenway project

The state Board of Public Works yesterday approved $2.5 million for the purchase of 388 acres to preserve one of the last significant corridors of open space along the Chesapeake Bay's western shore.

The money from the Department of Natural Resources' open-space funds is intended to preserve a mostly forested property as part of the proposed Magothy Greenway, an area designed to protect habitats between the Severn River and Patapsco River greenway projects.

Anne Arundel County is placing a Maryland Environmental Trust conservation easement on most of the property, and 20 acres would be reserved for recreational use.

Bookkeeping errors found at public works yard

An investigation by the county auditor has found bookkeeping errors in payroll records at a public works yard.

County auditor Teresa Sutherland said in a report that her staff found errors and inconsistencies in 173 of 549 payroll transactions in the past three years at the county's Southern Road Operations yard in Davidsonville. The errors included timecards that didn't account for some employees and failed to note the number of hours employees had worked, mistakes in overtime reports and discrepancies between timecards and payroll logs, according to the auditor's report, which was released late last week.

There was no evidence that the mistakes cost the county any money, said Pam Jordan, a spokeswoman for the county's Department of Public Works. Ron Bowen, the county's public works director, said yesterday that he expects a new payroll system devised by an Owings Mills company to solve any remaining problems. The yard has about 40 employees.

Veterans Affairs secretary to speak at Fort Meade

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi will speak at Club Meade March 15 during a joint dinner meeting of two military groups.

Principi will address the General George G. Meade chapters of the Military Order of the World Wars and the Retired Officers Association. The social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The speech is expected to start at 8 p.m.

Principi, a 1967 graduate of the Naval Academy, has worked in defense-related government agencies in Washington since 1980.

Attendees must make arrangements to enter Fort Meade, which has been under tight security since Sept. 11. Those planning to attend should call Sam Pfefferkorn with the Retired Officers Association at 410-465-4934, or Lucy Coghill with the Military Order of the World Wars at 410-721-7709.

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