Arundel Digest

Arundel Digest

October 20, 2002

Sheriff's sergeants submit a petition in bid to unionize

Sergeants in the Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Department renewed a bid to unionize last week - their latest effort to create a bargaining unit.

The salaries for the eight supervisors start at $38,883, and they have complained that the pay scale's organization makes it nearly impossible to approach the maximum of $59,508, said J.C. Stamps, executive director of the National Union of Law Enforcement Associations, under which the sergeants are trying to organize.

The county personnel office rejected the first petition early last week for technical reasons, and a new one was filed Wednesday, Stamps said.

Mark Atkisson, county personnel officer, said his office was reviewing the latest petition and is expected to decide soon. The deadline for submitting a petition is Oct. 31.

Governor Bridge Road closure to last 4 months

A contractor working for the Department of Public Works will close Governor Bridge Road and Green Branch Road (also known as Sellman Branch) starting Oct. 28 while it replaces a bridge and works on a section of the road.

The road will be closed about two-tenths of a mile east of Patuxent River Road.

Warning signs will be posted, and a detour will direct travelers to Double Gate Road. Construction is expected to take about four months.

The project will replace a narrow and deteriorating bridge with a new span that will provide 11-foot-wide lanes and 3-foot-wide shoulders for pedestrian and bicycle safety. The galvanized guardrail will be replaced with timber guardrails and will extend an appropriate distance from the bridge.

The new bridge will be tailored to the stream crossing to stop erosion at the bridge, and a new storm-water management technique will be used to treat runoff before it reaches the stream.

The contract was awarded to Tessa Structures LLC. The cost of the project is $612,000 and was funded through the Capital Improvement Budget.

Information: 410-222-7455.

Victims' Fund Run set for Nov. 3 at B&A Trail

A five-kilometer race to raise money for crime victims will be held Nov. 3 along the Baltimore-Annapolis Trail in Severna Park.

The Victims' Fund Run, in its fifth year, also includes a two-mile walk and offers prizes to top male and female runners in nine age groups. The grand prize is a weekend in an Annapolis bed-and-breakfast.

The fund, which has raised more than $30,000, helps victims pay for property damage, uninsured medical treatment, crime scene cleanup and other expenses. It is sponsored by the civic group Take Back Our Streets Inc. and the Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office.

Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. the day of the race. Warm-up is at 8 a.m., with the race at 8:15 a.m. Registration forms are available at www.statesattorney-annearundel.com, at various businesses throughout the county, and by calling the office at 410-222-1740, Ext. 3829.

The entry fee is $15 in advance, $18 on race day.

Environmental groups plan candidates forum

Several Anne Arundel County environmental groups will hold a candidates forum on development and the environment at 7 p.m. Tuesday at South River High School in Edgewater.

Sponsors of the event - which is open to candidates for county executive, General Assembly and County Council - include the Alliance for Rural Business, the South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development and the South River Federation.

The forum, which will be held in the high school auditorium, will be moderated by Terence Smith, a correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Smith, a journalist who has worked for CBS News and The New York Times, lives in Shady Side.

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